RFXCOM Binding

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Intro to the RFXCOM device

The RFXtrx433 device is a very versatile transceiver that can send and receive information to and from a wide number of compatible devices from different brands and manufacturers.

Supports RF 433 Mhz protocols like: HomeEasy, Cresta, X10, La Crosse, OWL, CoCo (KlikAanKlikUit), PT2262, Oregon e.o.

Suitable for receiving e.g. following 433.92MHz sensors:

  • Cent-a-meter, Electrisave, OWL ampere and power meters, Alecto, Cresta, Fine Offset, Hideki, LaCrosse, Oregon, Rubicson, TFA, Viking weather sensors,
  • Avidsen, Chacon, NEXA, Flamingo, Blyss, Proove smoke detectors,
  • Atlantic Meiantech, Visonic, X10 alarm sensors,
  • Oregon scales,
  • Maverick BBQ Rubicson sensors
  • Keeloq, HCS301 based sensors (Security2 protocol)
  • Chacon, Home Easy, COCO, NEXA, X10, Flamingo FA500R remote controls.

And suitable for controlling e.g. following 433.92MHz devices:

  • ANSLUT, BBSB, Blyss, Brennestuhl, Chacon, COCO, DI.O, ELRO, Energenie, Eurodomest, Flamingo, HomeEasy, Pulse, Inter Techno, K ambrook, COCO, LightwaveRF, Livolo, Mercury, NEXA, Phenix, Proove, risingsun, Sartano, Siemens, X10, XDOM dimmers / switches,
  • Byron SX, Select Plus doorbell,
  • A-OK, Bofu, Ematronic, Hasta, RAEX, Rohrmotor24, Roller Trol, Somfy (RFY), Yooda shutter / awning motors,
  • Harrison, Forest curtain motors,
  • Kingpin, Media Mount, Proluxx projection,
  • Avidsen, Chacon, NEXA, Flamingo, Blyss, Proove smoke alarms with siren,
  • Mertik Maxitrol fireplace,
  • Aoke relay,
  • TRC02 RGB, MDREMOTE LED strip controller,
  • Smartwares radiator valve.

And with the RFXtrx433E suitable for controlling e.g. following 433.42MHz devices:

  • Somfy RTS,
  • ASA

See RFXtrx User Guide for the complete list of supported sensors and devices http://www.rfxcom.com and firmware update announcements.

Whilst the range of supported devices is impressive, not all of them are compatible with the binding for openHAB yet

The RFXCOM Binding

The binding should be compatible at least with RFXtrx433 USB 433.92MHz transceiver, which contains both receiver and transmitter functions. The RFXtrx433E is fully compatible with the RFXtrx433 and has in addition the possibility to transmit RFY (Somfy RTS) RF command at the frequency used by Somfy.

RFXCOM binding currently supports:

Blinds1, Control, Current, Curtain1, Energy, Humidity, Interface, Lighting1, Lighting2, Lighting4, Lighting5, Lighting6, Factory, Interface, Rain, Rfy, Security1, Security2, TemperatureHumidity, Temperature, Thermostat1, Transmitter, Wind packet types.

For installation of the binding, please see Wiki page Bindings.

Binding Configuration

First of all you need to configure the following values in the openhab.cfg file (in the folder '${openhab_home}/configurations').

############## RFXCOM Binding ###################

# Serial port of RFXCOM interface
# Valid values are e.g. COM1 for Windows and /dev/ttyS0 or /dev/ttyUSB0 for Linux

# Set mode command for controller (optional)
# E.g. rfxcom:setMode=0D000000035300000C2F00000000
# rfxcom:setMode=


The rfxcom:serialPort value is the identification of the serial port on the host system where RFXCOM controller is connected, e.g. COM1 on Windows,/dev/ttyS0 on Linux or /dev/tty.PL2303-0000103D on Mac.

NOTE: On Linux, should the RFXCOM device be added to the dialout group, you may get an error stating the the serial port cannot be opened when the RfxCom plugin tries to load. You can get around this by adding the openhab user to the dialout group like this: usermod -a -G dialout openhab.

Also on Linux you may have issues with the USB if using two serial USB devices e.g. RFXcom and ZWave. See the wiki page for more on symlinking the USB ports symlinks


The rfxcom:setMode value is optional. Set mode command can be used to configure RFXCOM controller to listening to various receiver protocols. This is very useful because the receiver will become more sensitive when only the required protocols are enabled.

You can use the RFXmngr application found in the Downloads section of the RFXcom website (windows is required) to get the valid configuration command. Command must be a 28 characters (14 bytes) hexadecimal string. You can also use RFXmngr to get the Device Ids needed to bind each item to openHAB.

Item Binding Configuration

In order to bind an item to RFXCOM device, you need to provide configuration settings. The easiest way to do so is to add some binding information in your item file (in the folder configurations/items). The syntax of the binding configuration strings accepted is the following:

in:  rfxcom="<DeviceId:ValueSelector"
out: rfxcom=">DeviceId:PacketType.SubType:ValueSelector"

Decimal or Hex DeviceID

(Prior to 1.8 a common mistake when setting up this binding, was to use the wrong format for the DeviceID. Though the logback since 1.8 seems to be reporting the DeviceID in the correct Decimal format (note that this maybe due to a firmware upgrade of the device and not necessarily the binding). The following section may not be relevant to new installs, but given it is such a major "gotcha" it is worth being aware of.)

RFXmngr and the openHAB logback outputs may display something like this example from a HomeEasy wireless wall switch.

Packet Length   = 0B
Packettype      = Lighting2
Subtype         = AC
Id              = 00130FE2
Unitcode        = 11
Command         = Off
Dim level       = 0%

You wouldn't be forgiven for thinking the id is 00130FE2 but this is not the Id you need.

This is the correct Id but it is in the wrong Hexadecimal format. You need to convert to Decimal, a Google search for HEX to DEC will provide many online tools to do this binaryhexconverter.com is one. You simply put the HEX 00130FE2 in the correct field and press convert.

Use the converted Decimal number (easy to identify as it won't contain any letters) as the DeviceID.

So continuing with the above example. The displayed Id in HEX was 00130FE2 this is converted into DEC 1249250. Also for this packettype (Lighting2) you need to join the Unitcode 11 to the DeviceId, so final the binding for the item is:

Switch    Wall_Switch_FF_Office    {rfxcom="<1249250.11:Command"}

Finding the correct values for your item bindings

If you want to add cheap 433 MHz devices like PT2622 remotes, contacts, sensors or wireless outlets and don't know the correct values, you can start OpenHAB in debug mode, press the buttons on the original remote or act on the sensor.

To pair the entry-level wireless remote outlets (Elro, Intertechno, Intertek, Pollin, ...) you can do the following:

  • Enable Lighting4 protocol using the RFXMgr or setMode
  • Run OpenHAB in debug mode
  • Press a button on the original remote controller (here I press A ON) and read the DeviceId Id and the pulse width Pulse from the output:
21:35:20.096 [DEBUG] [.b.r.internal.RFXComConnection:148  ] - Data received:
- Packet type = LIGHTING4
- Id = 1285
- Command = ON
- Pulse = 318

You can use these values to configure the binding to receive and send data.

Alternately add the following to your logback.xml file to only see the RFXcom logs.

<logger name="org.openhab.binding.rfxcom" level="DEBUG" />

** Some devices like Oregon Thermo Hygrometer changes the Device id every time you remove the batteries, when you change your batteries you will have to get the new deviceId and update the Item binding **

Device specific PacketType syntaxes

Packet Format Examples
Lighting1 SensorId.UnitCode B.1 or B.2 or B.0 1
Lighting2 SensorId.UnitCode 636602.1 or 636602.0 1
Lighting4 SensorId 1285
Lighting5 SensorId.UnitCode 636602.1
Lighting6 SensorId.GroupCode.UnitCode 257.B.1 or 64343.B.2 or 636602.H.5
Curtain1 SensorId.UnitCode P.1 2
TemperatureHumidity, Current, Energy etc SensorId.UnitCode 2561
Security2 S2_SensorId S2_12567
RfyMessage Id1.Id2.Id3.UnitCode 3

1 Where "0" would control all items on device,

2 See the RFXcom documents/manual for more information

3 See the RFXcom documents/manual, for defining the Ids and Unit code, you should pair the RFXcom with your somfy motor using RFXMgr program

Item configuration examples

Weather Station

Number OutdoorTemperature { rfxcom="<2561:Temperature" }
Number OutdoorHumidity { rfxcom="<2561:Humidity" }
Number RainRate { rfxcom="<30464:RainRate" }
Number WindSpeed    { rfxcom="<19968:WindSpeed" }


Switch Btn1 { rfxcom="<636602.1:Command" }
Number Btn1SignalLevel { rfxcom="<636602.1:SignalLevel" }
Dimmer Btn1DimLevel { rfxcom="<636602.1:DimmingLevel" }
String Btn2RawData { rfxcom="<636602.2:RawData" }
Switch ChristmasTreeLights { rfxcom=">636602.1:LIGHTING2.AC:Command" }
Rollershutter CurtainDownstairs { rfxcom=">P.1:CURTAIN1.HARRISON:Shutter" }
Rollershutter ShutterBedroom { rfxcom=">" }


Switch swMotion { rfxcom="<4541155:Motion" }
Number MSensor_Bat { rfxcom="<4541155:BatteryLevel" }


Switch swWallController { rfxcom="<1285:Command" } // receive wireless wall switch
Switch pCoffeeMachine { rfxcom=">1285.315:LIGHTING4.PT2262:Command" } // control wireless outlet

LIGHTING5.IT (Flamingo FA500, Flamingo FA500S/2, Flamingo FA500S/3)

Switch fa500_remote_A { rfxcom="<2622466.1:Command" } 
Switch fa500_remote_B { rfxcom="<2622466.2:Command" }
Switch fa500_remote_C { rfxcom="<2622466.3:Command" }
Switch fa500_remote_D { rfxcom="<2622466.4:Command" }

// Note: does not mimic the remote but uses another subtype and code which 
// should be learned to the socket separately 
Switch virtual_fa500s_switch_1 { rfxcom=">2061.1:LIGHTING5.IT:Command" } 
Switch virtual_fa500s_switch_2 { rfxcom=">2061.2:LIGHTING5.IT:Command" }


Number RFXTemp_Living { rfxcom="<30515:Temperature" } 
Number RFXTemp_LivingSP { rfxcom="<30515:SetPoint" }
Contact RFXTemp_LivingRoom_Stat { rfxcom="<30515:Contact" }


Switch Light1 { rfxcom=">3155730.3:LIGHTING5.LIGHTWAVERF:Command"}
Dimmer Light2 "Light2 [%d %%]" { rfxcom=">3155730.4:LIGHTING5.LIGHTWAVERF:DimmingLevel"  }


Number Button_MoodSwitch { rfxcom="<15942554.16:Mood" }

OWL CM160 Energy Monitor

Number Owl_InstantAmps { rfxcom="<63689:InstantAmps"}
Number Owl_TotalAmpHours { rfxcom="<63689:TotalAmpHours"  }

OWL CM113 Energy Monitor

Number Owl_Amps { rfxcom="<35072:Channel2Amps" }

Specifics for PacketTypes and SubTypes (PacketType.SubType)

PacketType.SubType Description ValueSelector
LIGHTING1.X10 working Command
LIGHTING1.ARC working Command
LIGHTING1.AB400D Untested
LIGHTING1.EMW200 Untested
LIGHTING1.IMPULS working Command
LIGHTING2.AC working Command, DimmingLevel
LIGHTING2.HOME_EASY_EU working Command,DimmingLevel
LIGHTING4.PT2262 working Command
LIGHTING5.LIGHTWAVERF working Command, DimmingLevel
LIGHTING5.IT working Command
LIGHTING6.BLYSS working Command
CURTAIN1.HARRISON Harrison curtain rail, e.g. Neta 12 Shutter
TEMPERATURE.La Crosse TX17 working
TEMPERATUREHUMIDITY.TFA_TS34C__CRESTA Working Temperature, Humidity, HumidityStatus, BatteryLevel, SignalLevel
TEMPERATUREHUMIDITY.VIKING_02035_02038 Working Temperature, Humidity, Humidity status, Signal level, Battery level
SECURITY2 working
e.g. JFL SHC3.0
THERMOSTAT1 Digimax 210 working Temperature, SetPoint, Contact
ENERGY.ELEC1 Owl CM113 Working Channel1Amps, Channel2Amps, Channel3Amps
ENERGY.ELEC2 Owl CM160 Working InstantAmps, TotalAmpHours
RFY.RFY Working Shutter

ValueSelector specify ...

Value selector Valid OpenHAB data type Values Notes
RawData StringItem Full message in hex.
Data StringItem Message without header. Since 1.9.0.
Command SwitchItem ON, OFF, GROUP_ON, GROUP_OFF
SignalLevel NumberItem
DimmingLevel DimmerItem UP, DOWN, PERCENTAGE
Temperature NumberItem
Humidity NumberItem
HumidityStatus StringItem
BatteryLevel NumberItem
Shutter RollershutterItem OPEN, CLOSE, STOP
Motion SwitchItem MOTION, NO_MOTION
Voltage NumberItem
SetPoint NumberItem
Pressure NumberItem
Forecast NumberItem
RainRate NumberItem
RainTotal NumberItem
WindDirection NumberItem
WindSpeed NumberItem
Gust NumberItem
ChillFactor NumberItem
InstantPower NumberItem
TotalUsage NumberItem
Voltage NumberItem
InstantAmps NumberItem
TotalAmpHours NumberItem
Channel1Amps NumberItem
Channel2Amps NumberItem
Channel3Amps NumberItem
Status StringItem
Mood NumberItem
Contact ContactItem
Contact1 ContactItem
Contact2 ContactItem
Contact3 ContactItem