HowTo: Zigbee – Integrate Ikea SYMFONISK E1744 remote control into NodeRed via zigbee2mqtt

The Ikea SYMFONISK E1744 remote control is actually intended to control the SYMFONISK WiFi speaker from Ikea.

This can then be used to control the volume or change the track.

Thanks to Zigbee, the Ikea SYMFONISK E1744 remote control can also be used very well to control your SmartHome.

How you can integrate the remote control into your SmartHome instance is described in the following article.

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Before you start this article, you should have prepared a Raspberry Pi so that it can be reached via the network and controlled via SSH. Of course, zigbee2mqtt and Node Red should also be installed and configured.

In the following lists you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.

Required tool:

1xscrewdriver set  Buy at Amazon
1xSD card reader  Buy at Amazon

Required material:

1xIkea SYMFONISK E1744 Remote
1xSONOFF Zigbee 3.0 USB Dongle Plus  Buy at Amazon
1xUSB extension  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi power supply  Buy at Amazon
1x Raspberry Pi housing  Buy at Amazon
1x Micro SD card 64GB  Buy at Amazon

Enable Zigbee2mqtt dashboard

In my opinion, the easiest way to add new devices to your Zigbee network is to use the zigbee2mqtt dashboard. In case you haven't activated this yet, you will find helpful hints in the article Zigbee – Administration of Zigbee2mqtt via the dashboard.

Register dimmer to zigbee2mqtt

Before you can evaluate the Ikea SYMFONISK remote control using NodeRed, you must first integrate it into your Zigbee network.

How to integrate devices into your own Zigbee network is described in more detail in the article Zigbee – Register devices or sensors and actuators with zigbee2mqtt. The following steps summarize this briefly.

View of the log tab of the zigbee2mqtt dashboard. The area marked in red contains the button with which access to the Zigbee network can be controlled. Click on this to unlock access to the Zigbee network.

To put the Ikea SYMFONISK remote control into pairing mode, you have to insert the battery and the button on the back

  • Briefly press 4x in a row

The LED in the housing should then flash and the remote control should connect to your Zigbee network shortly afterwards.

You can track the status of the connection process in the zigbee2mqtt log.

Log in to the NodeRed configuration interface

Before you can edit your NodeRed configuration you must - if activated - first log in to the NodeRed configuration interface.

View of the login screen. Here you have to enter the login details that you entered during the configuration of the login. Information about this can be found in the article NodeRed - User Login Setup.

Import node code

So that you can also control your Zigbee device via the NodeRed dashboard or display the values, the dashboard node should already be installed and configured. You can find information about this in the following article.

If you also use pushbullet If you want to be automatically reminded of a dead battery in your Zigbee button, you should also have the pushbullet node installed. You can find information about this in the following article.

As an alternative, you can of course use it pushover or Use email as notification. You can find information about this in the following articles.

After that, all you have to do is import the NodeCode linked below into your NodeRed environment. Information on how to import NodeRed code can be found in the article NodeRed - Import and export node code .

As always, you can find the NodeRed code in the Nerdiy Git repository under the following link:

View of the NodeRed code in the NodeRed configuration view.

Of course you still have to adapt the code to your remote control. In order for this to work correctly, you still have to enter the IEEE address or the "friendly name" in the Node Red code.

To do this, open the properties of the marked node and enter your IEEE address in the marked area under "Payload...". How to find out the IEEE address of your Zigbee device is described in the article Zigbee – register devices or sensors and actuators with zigbee2mqtt.

In order for the update function to work via the Node Red Dashboard, you must also enter the address here in the marked area.

At the point marked here you can also adjust the message that is sent as soon as the battery charge level of the button falls below 20%.

You can of course also manage the newly registered Zigbee device via the Control or read the zigbee2mqtt dashboard.

In the following category I have also listed other Zigbee devices which can be controlled or read with the Node Red code offered there.

More related articles

I have summarized other articles on the subject of Zigbee and zigbee2mqtt in the following category. There you will also find articles on various Zigbee devices and like this one from NodeRed can be controlled.

External links:

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

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