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Setting up group switching for smart home devices

You can combine several smart home devices in a group and then switch all of the connected devices at the same time. The group can either be switched manually or automatically, or you can combine switching options with each other.

Note:The configuration procedure and notes on functions given in this guide refer to the latest FRITZ!OS for your FRITZ!Box.

1 Creating a group

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Smart Home" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Create the group:
    • If the drop-down list "viewing" is available:
      1. Select the option "All smart home devices" in the drop-down list "viewing".
      2. Click the "New Group" button.
      3. Enter a name for the group and select the smart home devices you would like to switch together in the group.
      4. Click the "OK" button.
      5. In the next window, click "OK" to save the settings.
    • If the drop-down list "viewing" is not available:
      1. Click the button (General) next to a smart home device you would like to add to the group.
      2. Click on "Create new group" in the "Group Switching" section, enter a name for the group, and click "OK".
      3. Click "OK" to save the settings.
      4. Click the button (General) next to a smart home device you would like to add to the group.
      5. Select the name of a group in the "Group Switching" section.
      6. Click "OK" to save the settings.
      7. Repeat steps d to f for all smart home devices you would like to switch together in the group.

2 Switching a group

There are various switching options that can also be combined. For example, if automatic switching is enabled for a group, then the group can also be switched manually:

Switching a group automatically

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Smart Home" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. If available, select the option "All groups" in the drop-down list "viewing".
  4. Click the button (Switch Automatically) next to any smart home device that belongs to the group, or click the button (Edit) for the group you would like to configure automatic switching for.
  5. In the "Automatic switching" section, select the desired switching times or select the option "Switching a Group Automatically" and configure the desired switching times (for example using a Google calendar).
  6. Click "OK" to save the settings.

Switching a group via a "Master"

If you are using a FRITZ!Box with FRITZ!OS version 6.50 or higher, you can define a smart home device as a so-called "Master" that you can use to switch the entire group on or off. The device does not have to belong to the group you would like to switch:

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Smart Home" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. If available, select the option "All groups" in the drop-down list "viewing".
  4. Click the button (Edit) that corresponds to the group you would like to configure switching via a "Master" for.
  5. In the "Automatic Switching" section, enable the option "Switching a Group via a FRITZ! actuator ('Master')" and select the device you would like to use as the "Master" from the drop-down list "Actuator".
  6. Click "OK" to save the settings.
    • Whenever the "Master" is switched automatically or manually, all of the devices in the group it belongs to will be switched as well.

Switching a group manually

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Smart Home" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click the on/off switch for "Group switch" in the section "Group [name of the group]".

    Note:In your home network you can also use the menu of your FRITZ!Fon (under "Home Network" > "Smart Home") to manually switch the smart home group, or you can use MyFRITZ!App to switch it manually over the Internet.

If you also set up automatic switching for the group, then the automatic switching will once again take effect for the group as soon as the next automatic switching time for the group occurs.

When group switching is enabled, you can use the button on a smart home device itself to manually switch it, or you can use the FRITZ!Box user interface (in the "Home Network" menu under "Smart Home". As soon as the next group switching takes place, the device is then once again subject to the group switching settings.