I have a new Smart Meter to measure my electricity and gas usage. It's the Honeywell AS302P.
It's a SMETS2 meter, which means it has a number of interesting features.
- ALCS (Auxiliary Load Control Switch) - this means that a car charger can be remotely started and stopped based on network demand.
- DCC connection - this means it can report back to my energy supplier every 30 minutes, and I can swap between providers quickly.
- High resolution usage - this means I can be charged on multiple time of day tariffs.
But, most importantly to me, it is Zigbee certified.
The meter offers ZigBee Communications for tunnelling information to the Comms Hub and to provide Customer Information for use with Type 1 or Type 2 Devices.
So, can we connect anything to the Smart Meter?
Our first stop is the Honeywell AS302P Manual. The UI of the meter is dreadful. There are two buttons:
- A - the select button
- B - the scroll down button
In order to go "back" in the menu, you need to scroll down to the menu item which says back and then hit A.
There's lots of info in there. I've redacted the PAN, XPAN, Network Info, and EUID for privacy:
But here's the interesting one - the ability to leave the existing network!
I'm not yet brave enough to press it. First, I need to buy a Zigbee receiver and learn how the software works. Wish me luck!