Effortlessly add a Denon receiver to SmartThings. This is quite possibly the cheapest way to integrate your home entertainment receiver with your home automation system. Sure, Logitech Harmony is the best (and most functional) way to do this. But some people may not have the budget. Some people might be looking for something a little more basic without all the extra bells and whistles that come along with the Harmony product lineup. If this situation applies to you, keep reading for more details.
The procedure outlined below was tested on a Denon AVR-1912 receiver. It’s based on this SmartThings Community Forum discussion . Others have modified the source code to work with receivers from different manufacturers as well.
This will give you extremely basic control from the SmartThings app, including input selection, quick select options, zone select, and volume control. For automation purposes, however, this is enough to automatically turn on your home entertainment equipment. Of course, you could also use it to turn off the same equipment when going to bed or leaving the house. SmartThings will see the receiver as a switch in Routines.
For Android users who want more in-depth control, you could use Tasker with the SharpTools plugin to also set the input and volume level.
This method becomes even more powerful if you use the receiver’s HDMI-CEC feature to power on/off other devices, like your TV.
Creating with SmartThings
To add a Denon receiver to SmartThings, the first thing you’ll need to do is open a browser and navigate to the SmartThings IDE . We’re going to be using SmartThings’ built-in GitHub integration. If you prefer to not use GitHub, you can manually copy and paste the device handler code from here . Otherwise, just follow the steps in the slideshow below to create the device and device handler:
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Add Denon Receiver to SmartThings App
For this part, you’ll need to know the IP address of your receiver. Don’t know what the IP address is? That’s ok. If you don’t already have a network scanning app, I highly recommend Fing (it’s free and available for both Android and iOS). It’s easy to use and will quickly scan your entire network in a few seconds.
Now it’s time to go to the app on your mobile device. All you need to do is type in the IP address, but here’s a slideshow anyway.
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As a home technology enthusiast, I love tinkering with things. Sometimes it’s fun to do things that don’t even have a practical purpose, at least in my case. This may be one of those things, since I do have a Logitech Harmony. Maybe I’ll come up with some ideas on how to use this in a more functional way at some point. However, this may be enough control for others that are just getting started in home automation.
Furthermore, I hope this post highlights the versatility of the SmartThings platform . To me, it’s amazing how the SmartThings community can continually crank out ways to integrate devices that were never meant to work together.
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