User Guide – Google Home Action for realKNX


This page explains the configuration of Google Assistant and Google Home action for realKNX.

Prerequisites

  1. Preconfigured realKNX (version 3.1+) and proServ.
  2. A remoteConnect account configured and enabled (see realKNX) .
  3. An Android or iOS device

To use Google Assistant, remoteConnect to be configured.  Additionally, the realKNX action (app in Google Home) must be enabled (details below). The number of devices is ‘unlimited’. The action supports Lights, Scenes and Thermostats. These devices are named ‘realKNX device’ in the device listing in Google Home.

Configuration

Step 1: Install and configure Google Home smart speaker (Android or iOS).

Follow the instructions that came with the Smart Home speaker.

Step 2: Authenticate Google Home to access realKNX devices (Android or iOS).

  • Open the Google Home app.
  • In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  • Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  • In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu and then Home control.
  • In the “Devices” tab, at the bottom right tap the ‘+’ to Add.
  • Find realKNX in the list of partners and then follow the instructions to login. Use your remoteConnect credentials to authenticate.
  • When the pairing is complete, tap Done.

Note: There isn’t a limit to the number of devices you can link to Google Home.
Note: if your devices aren’t listed, try to refresh (drag down or leave and re-open)

Step 3: Set nicknames for devices (optional)

You can choose names to call your smart home devices.

  • Open the Google Home app .
  • In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu and then Home control.
  • In the “Devices” tab, tap a device you want to rename.
  • Tap Nickname and then enter a nickname and then OK.
  • To see your device’s new nickname, tap Device details.

Note: Nicknames are alternate ways to reference lights in the Google Home app. Nicknames you’ve assigned to lights in the Google Home app are not reflected in realKNX.

Step 4: Assign devices to a room (optional)

To control your devices more easily, assign them to a room.

Add a room

  • Open the Google Home app .
  • In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu and then Home control.
  • In the “Rooms” tab, at the bottom right tap Add Add.
  • From here you can either:
    • Select a room.
    • Add a new room: Scroll down, then tap Custom room and then enter a room name and then ok.
  • To add a device to that room, tap the box next to the device name and then Done. You can add each device to only one room.

Add devices to a room

  • Open the Google Home app .
  • In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu and then Home control.
  • In the “Rooms” tab, tap the room you want to add devices to.
  • Under “Add devices,” choose the devices you want to add.
  • Tap Done.

Control smart home devices using Google Home

Step 5: Control devices using voice commands

Control lights

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
To turn on/off a light"Turn on <light name>"
Dim a light"Dim the <light name>"
Brighten a light"Brighten the <light name>"
Set a light brightness to a certain percentage"Set <light name> to 50%"
Dim/Brighten lights by a certain percentageDim/Brighten <light name> by 50%"
Turn on/off all lights in room“Turn on/off lights in <room name>"
Turn on/off all lights“Turn on/off all of the lights”

 

Control thermostats

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
To adjust the temperature“Make it warmer/cooler,” “Raise/lower the temp,”
“Raise/lower temp 2 degrees,”  "Set the temperature to 22"
To set the mode and temperature“Set the heat to 24”
To set thermostat using the thermostat's room name“Set the <Living Room> thermostat to 22.”
To hear the ambient temperature on the thermostat“What’s the temperature inside?”
To hear what the temperature is set to on the thermostat“What’s the thermostat set to?”