(Bond Bridge Pro) Using a Sidekick with your Bond Bridge Pro

A sidekick can be configured as a keypad or a shade remote.  The Sidekick shade remote will control shades directly and can also be used  to control shade devices on a Bond Bridge Pro.  The scene keypad will control shades, fans, lights and generic devices on a Bond Bridge Pro.  Please see the information on the Bond Home site for instructions on how to configure the Sidekick Generation 1 and Generation 2.

Adding a Sidekick

Adding a Sidekick

  1. In the Bond Home application, press plus located at the top right in iOS and bottom center for Android. 
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  2. Scroll down until Sidekick is displayed in the Add a new device screen and select it.
  3. Select a Bond Bridge Pro to add the Sidekick to.
  4. Press and hold the top button on the Sidekick to add it. 
  5. After the Sidekick is paired, you can change the location and Sidekick name.
    1. To change the location, select Location. 
      1. You can choose one of the existing locations or scroll to the bottom and select other. 
      2. Type in the new location name and select okay.
    2. Select name.  Enter the name you would like to use for the sidekick.  The initial name is the serial number of the sidekick.  Select okay when done. 
  6. Select CONTINUE followed by DONE

Your Sidekick is now paired to your Bond Bridge Pro.

Linking Sidekick Shade remote keys to BBP devices

Shade Operation modes

There are two methods a Sidekick can be used to control shades on a Bond Bridge Pro.

  • The Sidekick is able to control shades directly and when linked to a Bond Bridge Pro shade device, will allow the State of the shade to be update when using the Sidekick to control it.  This is what we call direct control.
  • The other method allows a key press on the Sidekick to control the shade through the Bond Bridge Pro.  In this mode that we call relay, the Sidekick does not directly control the shade.  This is beneficial if the motor technology is not supported by the Sidekick or the distance from the sidekick to the motor is longer than the Sidekick supports.

Direct motor control with a Sidekick

  1. Select the Sidekick you want to control a shade with. 
  2. Choose the Sidekick channel you want to use to control the shade. 
    1. Verify the Sidekick channel key directly controls the shade. 
  3. Press Link channel to a shades.
  4. Choose the shade or shades you want to control, choosing Select all with include all from that location. 
    1. Please note the shade selected should be the same one the sidekick controls. 
  5. Select CONTINUE.
  6. Select DONE.

Using the Bond Bridge Pro to control the shade

This is what we call relay mode.

  1. Select the Sidekick you want to control a shade with. 
  2. Choose a sidekick channel that is not paired to a shade. 
    1. You can also set the Sidekick unit on a specific channel to only operate in relay mode.
      1. Single channel - Select the Sidekick channel and press menu+1+4+3+4+5 + stop
      2. All Sidekick channelspress menu+4+3+4+5 + stop
  3. Press Link channel to a shades.
  4. Choose shade or shades you want the Sidekick key to control. 
    1. Please note the sidekick in this configuration does not directly control the shade.  This is useful if the Sidekick is too far from the shade motor to reliably control it.
  5. Select CONTINUE.
  6. Select DONE.

Operation explanation

Channel 1 is controlled by the Sidekick channel 1 key and the Shade device in the Bond Home application.  The Bond sync protocol between the Sidekick and Bridge keeps the Bridge updated on the state of the shade, plus makes sure only one of them sends a signal to control the shade.

Channel 2 does not control the shade directly and is using the Bond Bridge Pro to control the shade.  This is what we call Relay mode.  This is useful if the shade is too far from the location of the Sidekick or the motor technology is not available for the Sidekick.

Adding Devices to a Keypad

Adding Devices to a keypad

This procedure will only work for a Scene Keypad or the generation 2 Sidekick configured as a keypad.  Please see the document for the generation 2 Sidekick to configure as a keypad.

  1. Select the Sidekick you want to use.
  2. Choose the channel you want to link to a Bond Bridge Pro device by selecting Trigger an action with this key.
  3. Choose the device type you want the channel key to operate.  Grayed out means that device type is not on your Bond Bridge Pro.
  4. This article is using ceiling fans, but you can select any single item form the choices.
  5. You can choose items from a single location, multiple locations, and all of the devices in a location by choosing Select all.
  6. Select CONTINUE to proceed.
  7. You can trigger the event on the Sidekick by using a single or double tap of the appropriate Sidekick channel key.
  8. Select CONTINUE after making your choice.
  9. Choose a function.
    1. The number of options depends on the Bond Bridge Pro device.
  10. Select CONTINUE.
    1. Note--in Android as illustrated above, you will need to select OK followed by CONTINUE to set fan speeds and light brightness.  All other devices in both Android and iOS just require CONTINUE to proceed.
  11. Select Done.
Deleting

Deleting Sidekick Bond Bridge Pro links

  1. Open the Sidekick or Keypad.
  2. Press and hold the key you want to remove in Android.  Select Delete.
    1. Swipe left on the key in iOS and select Remove.

Deleting a Sidekick

  1. In the Bond home application, select the Sidekick you wish to remove.
  2. Select the option menu at the top right.
  3. Select Remove Sidekick at the bottom center.
  4. Select Remove again.
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