openHAB and Plugwise - toggle on / off

  • Platform information:
    • Hardware: openHab on raspberry pi 3, model B, 1GB ram
    • OS: Linux openHabianPi 4.9.80-v7
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  • Issue of the topic: trying to configure / setup Plugwise
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First of all a huge thank you for the magnificent openHab software!

I have successfully flashed openHabianPi to a microSD card, openHabianPi boots successfully. I then installed binding for Plugwise (v 2.4.0) without problem.

I then connected my Plugwise usb stick to the Pi.
Doing lsusb shows:
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0403:6001 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd FT232 USB-serial (UART) IC

Inbox is empty.
When I press “SEARCH FOR THINGS” then select Plugwise Binding, then “Choose Thing” I get to see /dev/ttyAMA0

I have an old excel file that contains names and macaddresses etc.
I also still have an old PC with the Plugwise software installed, unfortunately on that version I do not have the possibility to export information, so I need to rely on the old information.

My excel file lists 31 “plugs”. Most seem Protocol version 2.4
A single one is type -1 and Protocol version 1.1
(if necessary I can post more / all information)

The issue seems to be that the Plugwise Stick keeps showing “Initializing” and of course as long as the Stick is not properly initialized it can not discover other Circles.

Is there any way to do some status checking? Maybe from the command line?

Thanks for helping out!


Update - after rebooting the Pi, things started working.

When you see the Plugwise Circles in the Things list as “ONLINE”, is there a way to toggle the power on/off?
(As an easy way to find out which Plug is switching what / where)


If you use Paper UI you can test switching them in the “Control” screen (top left corner).

To be able to switch a Circle the “State” channel needs to be linked.

When you’ve enabled “Item Linking - Simple Mode” (Configuration -> System) that should automatically be the case after adding them from the Inbox.

See also the Tutorial:

Thanks for your help!