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How do I add my first hub to my Sengled Home account?

First login to the Sengled Home app with the email address and password that is associated with your Sengled account.

After logging in for the first time, please read and accept the Terms of Service. From here, press “Add Device” as indicated by the red circle.

 

From here, press “Element Starter Kit” on the screen. Once you are on the “To get started” screen, as shown below, make sure you have everything as depicted on the screen. If you do, press “Start”.

 

Plug the hub into a wall outlet and ensure it is receiving power. Plug the provided Ethernet cord into your router and your hub. Please make sure the Ethernet cord is securely plugged in on both ends. From here, wait thirty seconds. While you are waiting, please make sure the phone you are doing the setup from is connected to the same 2.4 GHz WiFi that your hub is plugged into.

As indicated from the example photo, if your router broadcasts two WiFi signals, for example with one of them named “Support_2.4G” and the other one named “Support_5G”, make sure your phone is connected to the 2.4 GHz WiFi. In this example, we can tell the WiFi apart due to the name of the WiFi. Since the Sengled Element hub cannot be setup on the 5.0 GHz and since the “Support_5G” WiFi broadcasts the 5.0 GHz as indicated by the “_5G” part of its name, we will connect to the 2.4 GHz WiFi broadcast from our router— “Support_2.4G”. In this example, our hub is already connected via Ethernet cord to the router that broadcasts the 2.4 GHz WiFi.

Depending on your router, it may broadcast the 2.4 GHz band and the 5.0 GHz WiFi band under the same name. In this case, you may need to go into your router’s settings to split the band. If you are having trouble with this, please contact your router’s manufacturer, so they can walk you through splitting the band.

After your phone is connected to your router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi and your hub has been powered on and connected to your router via Ethernet for at least thirty seconds, press “Next” to proceed.

 

Look at your hub and make sure the power light and the Ethernet light on your hub are on, press “Next” to proceed.

From here, the Sengled Home app will search for the hub.

 

After the hub is found, you will have to decide between using the hub in wired mode only or setting the hub up via WiFi which will allow you to use the hub wired or wirelessly. Regardless of what you choose, we highly recommend keeping the hub plugged in via Ethernet cable as a wired connection is much more reliable.

Since the path to set the hub up splits here, first we will discuss setting the hub up to operate in wired mode only in “Path One”; later we will discuss setting the hub up to operate via wireless or wired mode in “Path Two”. Please feel free to jump to whichever path you prefer.

Path One:

After the hub is found, press “Next”. The hub will connect to your router. Please note this can take at least 20 seconds or longer depending on your network’s strength.

 

After the hub is setup, you will be on a page that says “Congratulations!”. Please do not unplug the Ethernet cord from your hub. To ensure the hub functions properly, the hub must always remain plugged in via Ethernet cord to your router. This is because we choose to set the hub up to only function in wired mode.

Once you are ready to proceed, press “Name Your Hub”. This will take you to the name hub screen where you can tap on the hub’s default name and give it a custom name.

In this example, we choose to keep the default name and proceeded to setting up the light bulbs. Once you are happy with the hub’s name, press “Setup Light Bulb”.

 

Now, turn your light bulbs on. Remember, Sengled Element Classic bulbs and Sengled Element Color Plus bulbs cannot be used on dimmer switches such as wall dimmers, ceiling fan fixtures or 3-way lamps.

Once your bulbs are on, press “Next”

From here, we can organize the bulbs into rooms via the Sengled Home app. To identify which bulb we are naming, we would press the power button near the middle of the page. In the provided screenshot, the power button has been circled in red to make it easier to identify. Press it to turn off a bulb. The bulb that responds to this command is the one that is being named and assigned to a room. Press the “Add Room” button, circled in blue in this example, to add the bulb to a room.

In the provided example, “Bedroom” is selected by tapping on it. Then, to finalize this choice, we pressed “Add’.

 

Now the bulb has a new name. Once a bulb is assigned to a room, it will be given a new name. The Sengled Home app will automatically generate names for the bulbs based upon the number of bulbs in that room. Since this bulb is the first bulb to be added to the Bedroom, it has been given the name “Bedroom Bulb 1”. You can change the name of the bulb to something else.

If you go through the setup for an Echo device or Google Home device, the names of the bulbs will transfer over when the hub is connected to the voice-assistance service; the rooms the bulbs are put in with the Sengled Home app will not transfer over. If you decide to use the names assigned to the bulbs in the Sengled Home app after they have been placed in a room, it will make the bulbs easier to identify and organize in the Alexa app and/or Google Home app respectively.

You can, of course, give the bulbs unique names. As long as you can identify them by name, integration with Alexa and/or Google Home will be much easier.

For example, if you have 5 bulbs in the living room, you could name them:

Living Room Bulb 1

Living Room Bulb 2

Living Room Bulb 3

Living Room Bulb 4

Tall Lamp

All of the above names would be transferred over to Alexa and/or Google Home when installing the Sengled Skill.

Once you are done with naming the bulb, press “Next” to name the second bulb. After pressing “Next”, you will see a message that says “Saved Successfully”; press “OK” to proceed.

 

In our example, the second bulb has been named as previously demonstrated. Once you have assigned both bulbs to a room and named them, press “Done”. From here, the room information will refresh, and you will be redirected back to the “Home” page. 

Once everything is synchronized, you can control the bulbs from the “Home” page. You can turn all your bulbs on or off from the top of the page. To control all the bulbs in the Bedroom group, press the smaller “All On” or “All Off” to the right of the “Bedroom” group. You can also dim the bulbs through the Sengled Home app by dragging the circle in the brightness bar below “Brightness”.

 

Path Two:

This is the method of setting the hub up, so it can be used in wired mode and wirelessly. Tap on “Connect Using Wi-Fi- Instead” to proceed. You will be asked to wait while the “Select WiFi” screen loads.

 

From here, you will be on the “Please select a router Wi-Fi network to connect your hub to…” screen within the Sengled Home app. Select your router’s 2.4 GHz by tapping on it. If you do not see your router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi, press “Search Again” until you see your router’s 2.4 GHz.

In the provided example screenshots, we will connect to our router’s WiFi—which is “Support_2.4G”. At home, be sure to connect to the 2.4 GHz WiFi that your router broadcasts.

After selecting your WiFi, type the password for your WiFi when prompted—as indicated by the red arrow.

After inputting the password for your WiFi, confirming it with the eye icon and pressing “Connect”, you will see a screen that says “Please wait…” as the hub connects to your router.

 

From here, you will be on the “Hub is connecting…” page. Please note this can take at least 20 seconds or longer depending on your network’s strength.

After the hub is setup, you will be on a page that says “Congratulations!”. Since we picked Path 2, the hub can be used wirelessly. We still recommend keeping the hub connected to your router with the Ethernet cord since a wired connection is more reliable with any internet-based tech.

Once you are ready to proceed, press “Name Your Hub”. This will take you to the name hub screen where you can tap on the hub’s default name and give it a custom name.

In this example, we choose to keep the default name and proceeded to setting up the light bulbs. Once you are happy with the hub’s name, press “Setup Light Bulb”.

 

Now, turn your light bulbs on. Remember, Sengled Element Classic bulbs and Sengled Element Color Plus bulbs cannot be used on dimmer switches such as wall dimmers, ceiling fan fixtures or 3-way lamps.

Once your bulbs are on, press “Next”

From here, we can organize the bulbs into rooms via the Sengled Home app. To identify which bulb we are naming, we would press the power button near the middle of the page. In the provided screenshot, the power button has been circled in red to make it easier to identify. Press it to turn off a bulb. The bulb that responds to this command is the one that is being named and assigned to a room. Press the “Add Room” button, circled in blue in this example, to add the bulb to a room.

In the provided example, “Bedroom” is selected by tapping on it. Then, to finalize this choice, we pressed “Add’.

 

Now the bulb has a new name. Once a bulb is assigned to a room, it will be given a new name. The Sengled Home app will automatically generate names for the bulbs based upon the number of bulbs in that room. Since this bulb is the first bulb to be added to the Bedroom, it has been given the name “Bedroom Bulb 1”. You can change the name of the bulb to something else.

If you go through the setup for an Echo device or Google Home device, the names of the bulbs will transfer over when the hub is connected to the voice-assistance service; the rooms the bulbs are put in with the Sengled Home app will not transfer over. If you decide to use the names assigned to the bulbs in the Sengled Home app after they have been placed in a room, it will make the bulbs easier to identify and organize in the Alexa app and/or Google Home app respectively.

You can, of course, give the bulbs unique names. As long as you can identify them by name, integration with Alexa and/or Google Home will be much easier.

For example, if you have 5 bulbs in the living room, you could name them:

Living Room Bulb 1

Living Room Bulb 2

Living Room Bulb 3

Living Room Bulb 4

Tall Lamp

All of the above names would be transferred over to Alexa and/or Google Home when installing the Sengled Skill.

Once you are done with naming the bulb, press “Next” to name the second bulb. After pressing “Next”, you will see a message that says “Saved Successfully”; press “OK” to proceed.

 

In our example, the second bulb has been named as previously demonstrated. Once you have assigned both bulbs to a room and named them, press “Done”. From here, the room information will refresh, and you will be redirected back to the “Home” page. 

Once everything is synchronized, you can control the bulbs from the “Home” page. You can turn all your bulbs on or off from the top of the page. To control all the bulbs in the Bedroom group, press the smaller “All On” or “All Off” to the right of the “Bedroom” group. You can also dim the bulbs through the Sengled Home app by dragging the circle in the brightness bar below “Brightness”.

 

 

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