# Niko Home Control Binding

Upgrade notice for Niko Home Control II and openHAB 2.5.3 or later: Starting with openHAB 2.5.3 the binding uses Niko Home Control hobby API token based authentication. The Niko Home Control hobby API is available with Niko Home Control system version 2.5.1 or newer. If currently using a profile and password based authentication with the binding (upgrading from an openHAB version before 2.5.3), you will need to start using hobby API token based authentication. Make sure your Niko Home Control system is at version 2.5.1 or newer. Request a hobby API token at mynikohomecontrol (opens new window). In the bridge configuration, put the received token in the API Token parameter. Delete the values for Bridge Port and Profile parameters.

The Niko Home Control binding integrates with a Niko Home Control (opens new window) system through a Niko Home Control IP-interface or Niko Home Control Connected Controller.

The binding supports both Niko Home Control I and Niko Home Control II.

For Niko Home Control I, the binding has been tested with a Niko Home Control IP-interface (550-00508). This IP-interface provides access on the LAN. The binding does not require a Niko Home Control Gateway (550-00580), but does work with it in the LAN. It has also been confirmed to work with the Niko Home Control Connected Controller (550-00003) in a Niko Home Control I installation.

For Niko Home Control II, the binding requires the Niko Home Control Connected Controller (550-00003) or Niko Home Control Wireless Smart Hub (552-00001). The installation only needs to be 'connected' (registered on the Niko Home Control website) when first connecting to validate the authentication, and will work strictly in the LAN thereafter.

For Niko Home Control I, the binding exposes all actions from the Niko Home Control System that can be triggered from the smartphone/tablet interface, as defined in the Niko Home Control I programming software. For Niko Home Control II, the binding exposes all devices in the system.

Supported device types are switches, dimmers and rollershutters or blinds, thermostats, energy meters (Niko Home Control I only) and access control (Niko Home Control II only). Niko Home Control alarm and notice messages are retrieved and made available in the binding.

# Supported Things

The Niko Home Control Controller is represented as a bridge in the binding. Connected to a bridge, the Niko Home Control Binding supports all off actions, on/off actions (e.g. for lights or groups of lights), dimmers, rollershutters or blinds, thermostats, energy meters (Niko Home Control I only) and access control devices (Niko Home Control II only).

The following thing types are available in the binding:

Thing Type NHC I NHC II Description
pushButton x x maps directly to stateless actions in the system, such as all off actions
onOff x x on/off type of action with on/off state, such as lights and sockets
dimmer x x dimmable light action
blind x x rollershutter, venetian blind
thermostat x x thermostat
energyMeterLive x x energy meter with live power monitoring and aggregation
energyMeter x energy meter, aggregates readings with 10 min intervals
gasMeter x gas meter, aggregates readings with 10 min intervals
waterMeter x water meter, aggregates readings with 10 min intervals
access x door with bell button and lock
accessRingAndComeIn x door with bell button, lock and ring and come in functionality

# Binding Configuration

The bridge representing the Niko Home Control IP-interface needs to be added first. A bridge can be auto-discovered or created manually. An auto-discovered bridge will have an IP-address parameter automatically filled with the current IP-address of the IP-interface. This IP-address for the discovered bridge will automatically update when the IP-address of the IP-interface changes.

The IP-address and port can be set when manually creating the bridge.

If the IP-address is set on a manually created bridge, no attempt will be made to discover the correct IP-address. You are responsible to force a fixed IP address on the Niko Home Control IP-interface through settings in your DHCP server.

For Niko Home Control I, the port is set to 8000 by default and should match the port used by the Niko Home Control I IP-interface or Niko Home Control I Connected Controller. For Niko Home Control II, the port is set to the default Hobby API 8884 port.

For Niko Home Control I, no further bridge configuration is required when using auto-discovery.

The Niko Home Control II bridge has an extra required parameter for the API token. The API token can be retrieved from your Niko Home Control profile page on the Niko Home Control website. For that, you will need to add the Hobby API as a connected service on your profile. Note that the API token is only valid for one year after creation. The token expiry date is visible in the bridge properties. Entries will also be written in the log when the token is about to expire (starting 14 days in advance).

An optional refresh interval will be used to restart the bridge at regular intervals (every 300 minutes by default). Restarting the bridge at regular times improves the connection stability and avoids loss of connection. It can be turned off completely by setting the parameter to 0.

# Discovery

A discovery scan will first discover Niko Home Control IP-interfaces or Niko Home Control Connected Controllers in the network as bridges. Default parameters will be used. Note that this may fail to find the Niko Home Control IP-interface when traffic to port 10000 on the openHAB server is blocked.

When a Niko Home Control bridge is added as a bridge, the system information will be read from the Niko Home Control Controller and will update the bridge properties.

Subsequently, all defined actions that can be triggered from a smartphone/tablet in the Niko Home Control I system, respectively all actions in the Niko Home Control II system, will be discovered and put in the inbox. It is possible to trigger a manual scan for things on the Niko Home Control bridge. Note that Niko Home Control II will require the API token to be set on the bridge before the scan for actions can succeed. The bridge will remain offline as long as these parameters are not set.

If the Niko Home Control system has locations configured, these will be copied to thing locations and grouped as such. Locations can subsequently be changed through the thing location parameter.

# Bridge Configuration

There are two bridge types, bridge for Niko Home Control I and bridge2 for Niko Home Control II. The Thing configuration for the bridge has the following parameters:

Parameter NHC I NHC II Required Description
addr x x x IP address of the Niko Home Control IP-interface, Connected Controller or Wireless Smart Hub
port x x port used to connect, 8000 by default for NHC I, 8884 by default for NHC II
profile x profile UUID being used, hobby by default
password x x API token retrieved from the Niko Home Control website, must be set for the bridge to go online
refresh x x interval to restart the communication in minutes (300 by default), if 0 or omitted the connection will not restart at regular intervals

For Niko Home Control I, an example manual configuration looks like:

Bridge nikohomecontrol:bridge:controller [ addr="192.168.0.10", refresh=0 ]

For Niko Home Control II, it looks like:

Bridge nikohomecontrol:bridge2:controller [ addr="192.168.0.10", password="<token>", refresh=0 ]

Advanced configuration note for Niko Home Control II: It is possible to use authentication based on a touch panel profile, bypassing the Hobby API token authentication. To make this work, you have to define a password protected touch profile in the Niko Home Control programming software. Extract the embedded SQLite database from the configuration file. Look for the profile you created in the Profile table (using a SQLite database browser tool) and copy the CreationId into the profile parameter for the bridge. The port parameter on the bridge has to be set to 8883. The password parameter should be set to the profile password.

# Thing Configuration

The Thing configurations for Niko Home Control actions, thermostats, energy meters and access devices have the following parameters:

Parameter NHC I NHC II Required Thing Types Description
actionId x x x pushButton, onOff, dimmer, blind unique ID for the action in the controller
step x x dimmer step value for dimmer increase/decrease actions, 10 by default
invert x x blind, energyMeterLive, energyMeter, gasMeter, waterMeter inverts rollershutter or blind direction. Inverts sign of meter reading. Default false
thermostatId x x x thermostat unique ID for the thermostat in the controller
overruleTime x x thermostat standard overrule duration in minutes when setting a new setpoint without providing an overrule duration, default value is 60
meterId x x x energyMeterLive, energyMeter, gasMeter, waterMeter unique ID for the energy meter in the controller
refresh x x energyMeterLive, energyMeter, gasMeter, waterMeter refresh interval for meter reading in minutes, default 10 minutes. The value should not be lower than 5 minutes to avoid too many meter data retrieval calls
accessId x x access, accessRingAndComeIn unique ID for the access device in the controller

For Niko Home Control I, the actionId, thermostatId or meterId parameter are the unique IP Interface Object ID (ipInterfaceObjectId) as automatically assigned in the Niko Home Control Controller when programming the Niko Home Control system using the Niko Home Control I programming software. It is not directly visible in the Niko Home Control programming or user software, but will be detected and automatically set by openHAB discovery. For textual configuration, you can manually retrieve it from the content of the .nhcp configuration file created by the programming software. Open the file with an unzip tool to read its content.

For Niko Home Control II, the actionId parameter is a unique ID for the action in the controller. It can only be auto-discovered. If you want to define the action through textual configuration, the easiest way is to first do discovery on the bridge to get the correct actionId to use in the textual configuration. Discover and add the thing you want to add. Note down the actionId parameter from the thing, remove it before adding it again through textual configuration, with the same actionId parameter. Alternatively the actionId can be retrieved from the configuration file. The file contains a SQLLite database. The database contains a table Action with column FifthplayId corresponding to the required actionId parameter. The same applies applies for thermostatId, meterId and accessId.

An example action textual configuration looks like:

Thing nikohomecontrol:dimmer:mybridge:mydimmer [ actionId="1", step=5 ]

For thermostats it would be:

Thing nikohomecontrol:thermostat:mybridge:mythermostat [ thermostatId="abcdef01-abcd-1234-ab98-012345abcdef", overruleTime=10 ]

For energy meters:

Thing nikohomecontrol:energymeter:mybridge:mymeter [ meterId="3", refresh=30 ]

For access devices:

Thing nikohomecontrol:accessRingAndComeIn:mybridge:myaccess [ accessId="abcdef01-dcba-1234-ab98-012345abcdef" ]

# Channels

Channel Type ID RW Advanced Item Type Thing Types Description
button RW Switch pushButton stateless action control, autoupdate="false" by default. Only accepts ON
switch RW Switch onOff on/off switches with state control, such as light switches
brightness RW Dimmer dimmer control dimmer light intensity. OnOff, IncreaseDecrease and Percent command types are supported. Note that sending an ON command will switch the dimmer to the value stored when last turning the dimmer off, or 100% depending on the configuration in the Niko Home Control Controller. This can be changed with the Niko Home Control programming software
rollershutter RW Rollershutter blind control rollershutter or blind. UpDown, StopMove and Percent command types are supported
measured R Number:Temperature thermostat current temperature. Because of API restrictions, NHC II will only report in 0.5°C increments
heatingmode RW String thermostat current thermostat mode. Allowed values are Day, Night, Eco, Off, Cool, Prog1, Prog2, Prog3. Setting heatingmode will reset the setpoint channel to the standard value for the mode in the controller
mode RW X Number thermostat current thermostat mode, same meaning as heatingmode, but numeric values (0=Day, 1=Night, 2=Eco, 3=Off, 4=Cool, 5=Prog1, 6=Prog2, 7=Prog3). Setting mode will reset the setpoint channel to the standard value for the mode in the controller. This channel is kept for binding backward compatibility
setpoint RW Number:Temperature thermostat current thermostat setpoint. Updating the setpoint will overrule the temperature setpoint defined by heatingmode or mode for overruletime duration. Because of API restrictions, NHC II will only report in 0.5°C increments
overruletime RW Number thermostat used to set the total duration in minutes to apply the setpoint temperature set in the setpoint channel before the thermostat returns to the setting from its mode
heatingdemand R String thermostat indicating if the system is actively heating/cooling. This channel will have value Heating, Cooling or None. For NHC I this is set by the binding from the temperature difference between setpoint and measured. It therefore may incorrectly indicate cooling even when the system does not have active cooling capabilities
demand R X Number thermostat indicating if the system is actively heating/cooling, same as heatingdemand but numeric values (-1=Cooling, 0=None, 1=Heating)
power R Number:Power energyMeterLive instant power consumption/production (negative for production), refreshed every 2s. Linking this channel starts an intensive communication flow with the controller and should only be done when appropriate
energy R Number:Energy energyMeterLive, energyMeter total energy meter reading
energyday R Number:Energy energyMeterLive, energyMeter day energy meter reading
gas R Number:Volume gasMeter total gas meter reading
gasday R Number:Volume gasMeter day gas meter reading
water R Number:Volume waterMeter total water meter reading
waterday R Number:Volume waterMeter day water meter reading
measurementtime R DateTimeType energyMeterLive, energyMeter, gasMeter, waterMeter last meter reading time
bellbutton RW Switch access, accessRingAndComeIn bell button connected to access device, including buttons on video phone devices linked to an access device. The bell can also be triggered by an ON command, autoupdate="false" by default
ringandcomein RW Switch accessRingAndComeIn provide state and turn automatic door unlocking at bell ring on/off
lock RW Switch access, accessRingAndComeIn provide doorlock state and unlock the door by sending an OFF command. autoupdate="false" by default

The bridge has two trigger channels alarm and notice. It can be used as a trigger to rules. The event message is the alarm or notice text coming from Niko Home Control.

# Limitations

The binding has been tested with a Niko Home Control I IP-interface (550-00508) and the Niko Home Control Connected Controller (550-00003) for Niko Home Control I and II, and the Niko Home Control Wireless Smart Hub for Niko Home Control II.

Not all action and device types supported in Niko Home Control I and II controllers are supported by the binding. Refer to the list of things and their support for Niko Home Control I and II respectively.

# Example

.things:

Bridge nikohomecontrol:bridge:nhc1 [ addr="192.168.0.70", port=8000, refresh=300 ] {
    pushButton 1 "AllOff" [ actionId="1" ]
    onOff 2 "LivingRoom" @ "Downstairs" [ actionId="2" ]
    dimmer 3 "TVRoom" [ actionId="3", step=5 ]
    blind 4 [ actionId="4" ]
    thermostat 5 [ thermostatId="0", overruleTime=10 ]
    energyMeterLive 6 [ meterId="1" ]
    waterMeter [ meterId="3" ]
}

Bridge nikohomecontrol:bridge2:nhc2 [ addr="192.168.0.70", port=8884, password="A.B.C", refresh=300 ] {
    pushButton 1 "AllOff" [ actionId="12345678-abcd-1234-ef01-aa12bb34ee89" ]
    onOff 2 "Office" @ "Downstairs" [ actionId="12345678-abcd-1234-ef01-aa12bb34cc56" ]
    dimmer 3 "DiningRoom" [ actionId="abcdef01-abcd-1234-ab98-abcdef012345", step=5 ]
    blind 4 [ actionId="abcdef01-abcd-1234-ab98-abcdefabcdef" ]
    thermostat 5 [ thermostatId="abcdef01-abcd-1234-ab98-012345abcdef", overruleTime=10 ]
    accessRingAndComeIn 6 [ accessId="abcdef01-abcd-1234-ab98-012345abcdef" ]
}

Bridge nikohomecontrol:bridge:nhc3 [ addr="192.168.0.110" ] {
    onOff 11 @ "Upstairs" [ actionId="11" ]
    dimmer 12 [ actionId="12", step=5 ]
    blind 13 [ actionId="13" ]
    thermostat 14 [ thermostatId="10" ]
}

.items:

Switch AllOff           {channel="nikohomecontrol:onOff:nhc1:1:button"}           # Pushbutton for All Off action
Switch LivingRoom       {channel="nikohomecontrol:onOff:nhc1:2:switch"}           # Switch for onOff type action
Dimmer TVRoom           {channel="nikohomecontrol:dimmer:nhc1:3:brightness"}      # Changing brightness dimmer type action
Rollershutter Kitchen   {channel="nikohomecontrol:blind:nhc1:4:rollershutter"}    # Controlling rollershutter or blind type action
Number:Temperature CurTemperature   "[%.1f °F]"  {channel="nikohomecontrol:thermostat:nhc1:5:measured"} # Getting measured temperature from thermostat in °F, read only
String ThermostatMode   {channel="nikohomecontrol:thermostat:nhc1:5:heatingmode"}        # Get and set thermostat mode
Number:Temperature SetTemperature   "[%.1f °C]"  {channel="nikohomecontrol:thermostat:nhc1:5:setpoint"} # Get and set target temperature in °C
Number OverruleDuration {channel="nikohomecontrol:thermostat:nhc1:5:overruletime"}       # Get and set the overrule time
String ThermostatDemand   {channel="nikohomecontrol:thermostat:nhc1:5:heatingdemand"}      # Get the current heating/cooling demand
Number:Power CurPower   "[%.0f W]"  {channel="nikohomecontrol:energyMeterLive:nhc1:6:power"} # Get current power consumption
Number:Energy MyMeter          "[%.0f kWh]"   {channel="nikohomecontrol:energyMeter:nhc1:7:energy         # Get energy meter reading
Number:Energy MyMeterDay       "[%.0f kWh]"   {channel="nikohomecontrol:energyMeter:nhc1:7:energyday      # Get energy meter day reading

.sitemap:

Switch item=AllOff
Switch item=LivingRoom
Slider item=TVRoom
Switch item=TVRoom          # allows switching dimmer item off or on (with controller defined behavior)
Rollershutter item=Kitchen
Text item=CurTemperature
Selection item=ThermostatMode mappings=[Day="day", Night="night", Eco="eco", Off="off", Prog1="Away"]
Setpoint item=SetTemperature minValue=0 maxValue=30
Slider item=OverruleDuration minValue=0 maxValue=120
Text item=CurPower
Text item=MyMeter
Text item=MyMeterDay

Example trigger rule:

rule "example trigger rule"
when
    Channel 'nikohomecontrol:bridge:nhc1:alarm' triggered or
    Channel 'nikohomecontrol:bridge2:nhc2:notice' triggered
then
    var message = receivedEvent.getEvent()
    logInfo("nhcTriggerExample", "Message: {}", message)
    ...
end