HS 210 wiring Question

HS 210 wiring Question
HS 210 wiring Question
2018-12-19 18:13:11 - last edited 2018-12-19 18:14:57

 Existing one light two 3 way switches ,  I want to install one HS210 I have only 4 wires , yet the swittch has 2 travelers or 5 connections , will it work with only one traveler ?  

I have a ground, neutral, hot and one traveler.  

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Re:HS 210 wiring Question
2018-12-20 00:58:16

If you have four wires it sounds like you have a 4 way switch. When installing the HS210 you will need two traveler wires in order for the power to pass through to complete the circuit to turn on the light (Three way switch). So it would not work.

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Re:HS 210 wiring Question
2018-12-20 00:59:28 - last edited 2018-12-20 01:02:02

I just went through this exact issue earlier today. I found a helpful FAQ but it didn't connect all the dots, so see if this helps:

 

For a basic 3 way switch (only two switches) look on the old/dumb switch for a black screw or printed/embossed 'line' 'hot' or 'load' text. This is your 'black screw' wire for the TP LINK switch.

 

The other two wires on the switch (usually red and another black) are your 'traveller' connections for the switch. The ground is obvious as either unshielded copper or a green wire similar to your smart switch. That leaves the neutral to be the white wire, usually tucked at the very back of the box with a twist-cap on it linking to the other switch. Take off the twist-cap and add your smart switch white wire, then re-twist the cap.

 

You SHOULD be done at this point, other than testing and then putting it back in the wall.

 

Note - the hs210 switch came in a two-pack for me, the packaging suggests you need to use both on the same circuit, but you don't. Once you get one of the smart switches wired in correctly you can put the other in another 3-way switch for a different circuit. The app will ask you to configure both for the same light during setup, but after you have the first switch configured and it asks if you're ready to do the second one just force-quit the app and re-launch it while using the switch on a different circuit. Presto! I bought 3 kits and wired 6 different 3-way lights this way, works flawlessly.

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Re:HS 210 wiring Question
2018-12-20 01:18:53 - last edited 2018-12-20 01:20:48

If you do actually have a 4-way (3 or more switches on one light) - put it back in the wall and go to one of the other switches on that circuit and open that up and hopefully see a typical 3-way dumb-switch wiring job. That's the one you want to replace with the HS-210 as I described above (again, just went through this exact scenario today).

 

Here's the easiest way to view what is going on with a 3 (or more) way switch. the two at the ends are always basic 3-way wiring, the one (or more) in the middle are 4-way.

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Re:Re:HS 210 wiring Question
2018-12-25 16:34:21

Thanks.  Was just going to ask about using the switches in the two pack kit together or using each with an existing 3way switch.  I figured you could do that and appreciate that you posted on how to make that happened.  That will save me some money.

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2018-12-25 16:39:15
Thanks again for this one. I have three switches that control my kitchen lights and was hoping I could replace just one with one of these three way switches to control it via Alexa. I am confused about the two travelers for hooking these switches up.
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Re:Re:Re:HS 210 wiring Question
2019-02-01 02:16:23
Sorry I didn't get back to this earlier. See my earlier post (#3 on this thread) about doing a 3 (or more) way switch and which wires you need to pay attention to. and what connection points to hook them up to.
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Re:Re:HS 210 wiring Question
2019-02-16 15:41:45 - last edited 2019-02-16 15:42:57

Thanks KriegTiger for your post #3. This has helped me. I followed the TP Link instruction video for 3-way switches. I assumed because the Common Wire in the video was Red, then my common wire must be Red as well. When I was done, what I had was a Smart Switch that would Turn Off the Second Smart Switch; it was very humorous and frustrating. After following your suggestion, I was able to get them wired correctly and took pictures that will hopefully help someone else

 

 

 

 

 

 

The labels are blurred b/c they are labeled Incorrectly.

 

 

 

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