Home Automation FAQs

Whether you need a little help or simply have more specific needs, find answers to your questions here.

Adding and Removing Devices

What can I do if my Grid Connect device failed to pair?

Step 1: Check that you are connected to the internet on a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. If you aren’t sure refer to the Internet and Connectivity section below.

Step 2: Check the password you entered is correct and the Wi-Fi network name matches the one your mobile is connected to.

Step 3: Check that your Grid Connect device is in pairing mode (the device indicator will blink rapidly). Contact our customer service team if you have difficulty pairing any products.

Step 4: Try pairing the device near the router to ensure you have a strong signal. You can also try using AP mode to pair your device.

Step 5: Check if the router has reached its device capacity. Disconnect a few devices from this Wi-Fi network and then retry the pairing process. Most routers can handle up to 30 connected devices, but this varies depending on the router.

If your connection problem persists, please contact the Arlec Customer Service team either through the Grid Connect App customer service function or call toll free 1300 267 168 (9am to 5pm AEDT from Monday to Friday).

Should my Grid Connect device and mobile phone be in the same room as the Wi-Fi router when pairing my devices?

No, pairing will occur as long as the Wi-Fi router signal is available. If you are unable to pair, move your smart phone and the device closer to the router to ensure adequate connectivity.

What is AP mode? How do I use AP mode to pair?
AP mode is an alternative pairing method. To enter AP mode:

  1. Press and hold the power button on your Grid Connect device for 5 seconds. This will put the device in AP mode, and the power indicator should slowly blink.
  2. Tap ‘Add Device‘ inside the app and select ‘Device Type‘.
  3. In the top right-hand corner, tap ‘AP Mode Device
How do I remove a connected device?
  1. In the Grid Connect app, tap the device you wish to remove.
  2. Tap ‘Settings‘, then scroll to the bottom of the page and tap ‘Remove Device‘.
What will happen if another user pairs with my device?

If your already-paired device is paired by another user, that device will be removed from your list on the app. For more information on sharing access to your devices, click here.

Grid Connect App

I entered my email to create an account but didn’t receive a verification code, what do I do next?
Firstly make sure that you entered your email correctly. Secondly make sure to check your spam or junk folders for the verification email. Alternatively you can try a different email address. If you need further assistance please contact our customer service.
I forgot my password, can I reset it?

If you forget your password, tap ‘Forgot Password‘ on the login screen. Type in the email address or mobile phone number linked to your account, and a verification code will be sent to you. Enter this code into the app and follow the prompts to reset your password.

When I open the app to register a new account the page keeps loading without proceeding to the next page.

Go to the Settings app on your mobile and press ‘Apps & Notifications‘. Find the Grid Connect App and tap ‘Permissions‘. Ensure it has been allowed internet access.

How can I control multiple devices at the same time?

Similar devices, such as multiple downlights, can be grouped. To create a group, select a device you would like to group. In the device settings, scroll until you see ‘Group Devices‘ and follow the prompts. We recommend only grouping products of the same type (e.g. downlights). Grouping different products can create errors due to the different controls available for each product type.

To control multiple different products, such as a ceiling light and powerboard, you can create a scene. To do this, select ‘Scenes and Automation‘ and follow the prompts.

How many devices can I control with the app?

You can control as many devices as you like, provided your Wi-Fi network allows you to. You can group multiple devices in ‘rooms’ within the app to manage them easily.

How can I control devices from multiple smart phones?

You can share an already-paired device to another Grid Connect user account. This is useful if you’d like other users to control only some connected devices.

You can also log in to multiple mobile devices using your Grid Connect account. This is useful if you’d like other users to control all your Grid Connect devices.

What should I do if I am experiencing problems with the app immediately after an update?

Delete the app and reinstall it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. You will need to log in to your account again, but you will not need to re-pair any devices.

Will my devices update as Grid Connect develops new functions?

We recommend keeping both the device firmware and the Grid Connect app up-to-date to ensure you have access to the latest functions.

What is firmware, and how do I update it?

Firmware is the integrated system in all Grid Connect devices that allows remote control. Firmware updates are separate from the Grid Connect app.

To check or update your firmware, select your device and tap the settings icon on the right. Scroll until you see ‘Firmware Update‘.

My device is online, but I’m having trouble controlling it through the app.

The device may be disconnected from the power supply, but the app hasn’t yet identified that the device is offline. After a short period of time the app will update the status of the connected device.

Can my iPad or Android tablet to control Grid Connect devices?

Yes, but the Grid Connect app is not optimised for tablet and may not display perfectly.

What does the ‘Restore Factory Settings’ function do?

This will return your setup to the default factory settings, permanently removing your device pairings, timer settings, and product names.

Internet and Connectivity

I’m using a Telstra Smart Modem and can’t connect to my devices. How can I fix this?

By default, the Telstra Smart Modem has the same network name for its 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz networks, which can make it hard for smart products to distinguish between the two.

To fix this problem:

  • Open your web browser and type in http://192.168.0.1
  • Select ‘Wi-Fi‘ and then ‘2.4 GHz
  • Uncheck the tick next to ‘Band Steering
Should I be close to my router when controlling my devices?

You can control your devices from anywhere using your smart phone, without being connected to or near the same router that controls your devices. However, it’s important that Grid Connect devices remain in proximity to the router they connect to.

How can I check whether my network is running on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi?

You will need to refer to your router specifications. All routers will emit at least 2.4GHz, dual band routers will also emit 5.0GHz in addition to 2.4GHz.

Do the current Grid Connect products support 5GHz wireless connections?

No, Grid Connect devices currently don’t support 5GHz wireless connection.

Can I control my Grid Connect devices from outside my home?

Yes. If your smart phone has internet access (either Wi-Fi or 4G), and your Grid Connect devices are connected to the internet, you can control your devices regardless of location.

Can I use my mobile phone’s hotspot to connect to my Grid Connect devices?

Yes, but it’s recommended that you connect your Grid Connect devices with a Wi-Fi router.

What will happen if the router is offline?

You won’t be able to control any Grid Connect devices unless the router is powered on and has an active internet connection.

What will happen to my devices if there is a power outage?

Your devices should reconnect once the router resumes power and Wi-Fi access is restored. If it doesn’t, and the internet connection has been re-established, try turning the Grid Connect devices off and back on again. Leave the devices for a few minutes to re-establish connection. Contact our customer service team if you have difficulty pairing any products.

What will happen to pre-set timers if the Grid Connect device cannot connect to the internet?

Pre-set timers will execute regardless of the internet connection if they were set via the product user interface. If the timer is set via a scene or automation it will not execute if there isn’t internet connection to the router the products are paired.

What can I do if the Grid Connect device is shown as offline in-app but the Wi-Fi network has internet connectivity?

If the device is shown as offline in the app, try restarting the router or the Grid Connect device, allowing for a few minutes for connection to be re-established. If it still isn’t working, and you are certain that internet connectivity is available, you can re-pair the device following the same instructions from initial pairing.

Can I control my Grid Connect devices if the router is powered on, but the internet is offline?

You can control Grid Connect devices and activate scenes if your mobile phone is on the same Wi-Fi network as the devices, even if the internet is offline. Once internet connectivity is returned to the router you will be able to resume any-location control of the devices.

If I change routers will my Grid Connect devices be affected?

If you maintain the default settings on the new router you will need to re-pair all your devices and re-program your scene and automation settings. If you change the SSID and password of the new router to match that of your old router all pairing and programing of scenes and automations will be maintained. How to do this varies depending on your router so check the instruction manual for your specific router model.

Devices

Can I use a Grid Connect outlet to control a non-smart lamp?

Yes, if the lamp has a physical switch (such as an in-line switch). This switch must remain on for the Grid Connect outlet to control the lamp. If the lamp has a touch switch, it is unlikely to be controllable via the outlet.

Can I use a Grid Connect power outlet to turn my TV on/off?

Yes, but not all TV models will have this ability. If your TV has a physical switch (such as a rocker switch) you may be able to control it via a Grid Connect power outlet. However, many modern TVs have electronic switches which cannot be controlled via the Grid Connect power outlet.

To test if a Grid Connect power outlet can be used to switch your TV on/off:

  1. At the wall socket, turn the TV on and then off.
  2. Turn the power on again at the wall socket.
  3. If the TV comes back on, the Grid Connect power outlet device will work. If the TV enters standby mode, the power outlet will not work to control your TV.

Be aware that the Grid Connect power outlet will not allow you to control the volume or change the channel via the app.

Can I control devices by connecting a Grid Connect smart outlet to an existing non-smart powerboard?

Yes, you can use a smart outlet with a non-smart powerboard. A maximum 10A 2400W load can be connected to each Grid Connect outlet device , but you will not be able to control the individual points of the powerboard.

Can Grid Connect devices be used outdoors?

Some products in the range can be used outdoors. Refer to the specific product instructions for information on outdoor use and IP ratings.

Is there a time delay between the detection of scene triggers and the specified action occurring?

There is no time delay on automatic scenes that rely on internal parameters, such as scheduling or device status. Automatic scenes that rely on external parameters, such as temperature or humidity, may have a small delay.

Do Grid Connect products support IFTTT and ZigBee?

There is currently no support for IFTTT or ZigBee. To have multiple Grid Connect devices work together or respond to conditions such as temperature, sunrise/sunset, other devices or scheduling you can use ‘Scenes and Automation’ within the Grid Connect App. Please refer to our support section for further information on how to do this.

Voice Control

Can I use Google Assistant to control my Grid Connect devices?

Yes, but you will need to link your Google Home account with your Grid Connect account. You will still need to use the Grid Connect App to control scenes and automation.

How can I use voice control with my Grid Connect devices?
  • Open the Google Home app and sign into your Google account
  • In Google Profile, tap ‘settings‘ (android users) or ‘more settings‘ (iPhone users)
  • Tap ‘assistant‘, then ‘home control
  • Select to add device
  • Search for Grid Connect and enter your Grid username and password (Note: You must enter the email address or mobile number and password you used to create your Grid Connect account)
  • Authorise the connection between Google Home and Grid Connect

Also compatible with Amazon Alexa. Please refer to Amazon Alexa website for setup and more information.

Do Grid Connect devices need to be in the same room or on same network as my Google Home or Amazon Alexa?

Grid Connect devices do not need to be in the same room or on the same network as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. If the Grid Connect devices and Google Home or Amazon Alexa have internet connection, the Grid devices can be controlled.

Can I use the timer or routine functions in Google Home or Amazon Alexa with my devices?

Yes. Please refer to the relevant Google Home or Amazon Alexa information for setting up timers and routines.

Can I use Siri or Microsoft Cortana to control my Grid Connect devices?

Siri and Microsoft Cortana are not compatible with Grid Connect devices. We recommend you use either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for voice control.

Looking to expand your smart home range?

For personal assistance, call 1300 267 168 or connect with the help service via your Grid Connect app.

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