Leviton DW4SF Decora Smart Wi-Fi Fan Speed Controller Review

Date Purchased- 2020  Model- DW4SF

Link to Buy on Amazon – I will be adding more videos to the ones at the bottom of the page.

02/06/2020 Update- Have Had 0 issues after I got my Bond Home Device to stop trying to re-add the Fan to Alexa and Google Home. So far this seems like a Rock Solid Fan Controller.

I'm starting to think that I got this speed controller way before I should of, Leviton's site has very little information on this product. Now when I look at Amazon, I see that it will take a month as it is out of stock. Leviton's online store doesn’t even list this controller as a product.

I will update this review later on as I'm still testing the Speed Controller, but this is my first thoughts on the device.

I just received this NEW Smart Fan Speed Controller Friday, and I was like a kid in a toy store and wanted to play with it right away, so I did. I have been waiting over a year now for Leviton to release its Fan Speed Controller, and now I have my hands on it. I'm one Happy 35 year old, but now that I've said that I feel old and WOW something must be wrong if I'm happy about a new Smart Device.

I currently use Bond Home for five ceiling Fans/lights, and I bought it right when it came out for $99.00, but now it is $79.00. It works well but doesn’t reach my garage fan, and also, over the last few months, Bond has been having a lot of network outages. When they have network outages, I have to go hunting for the fan remotes and with children in the house no matter where you hide them, they find them. Plus, to replace one is from $50 to $100 depending on what model of fan.

 I have decided slowly to move 4 of the five fans to wifi speed controllers but to do that, and I have to take the fan down and remove the remote controller and then look the fan to two different switches. One for the fan and the other for the light. This should be fun as I'm going to have to put in a few two gang boxes and a four gang to replace one and three gang boxes to accommodate another switch. I wish someone would come out with a Dual Fan/light wifi controller soon. I will end up moving the Bond Home to my garage and let it control just that fan.

Now to the Prep, Install and Using

I decided to install the Fan Controller DW4SF and Smart Light Switch DW15S in the Master Bedroom as it had the correct box in place, and the wires for the fan and light are in place.

Install Prep Fan: I pulled the fan down and took out the remote speed controller and hooked the light up to one wire and the fan to the other and then the neutral. It was simple for me, but if you are not sure, hire an electrician. Putting the fan back up was easy as you didn’t have the big remote speed controller and all the wires from it taking up space in the small area it lives.

Install Prep Switch Box: Pulled out the old switches and found that whoever wired everything tangled up all the wire that was feed into the box. One switch controlled the fan. The wiring for the fanlight was not in use and the other switch-controlled an outlet that we have never used. I made the outlet always hot and got everything prepared for the install.

Things to think about: How many wires are in the box? If too many, the switches might not fit. Is the box deep enough for one or more smart switches with all the wiring? If not, hire an electrician. Does the box have a neutral? If not, hire an electrician. Does the box have enough spots for the number of switches you need? If not, hire an electrician. Can I do this by my self? If yes, that great If not, hire an electrician. Did I pick a switch that is going to last and work as it should?

When it comes to Smart Devices, DO NOT buy cheap. I have played with a lot of cheap Smart Devices, and I've only found a few that work well. Depending on what you need to do for installation, this can take a lot of time and money if you need an electrician. If you buy cheap, then you might have to pay for someone to re-install it later on. Startups are a great thing, but most of the time, they don’t last, so watch what you buy and from who.  

I will always recommend the same two companies for Smart Switches, Smart Outlets, Smart Dimmers, Smart Plugs, Smart Fan Controllers. Leviton and Kasa TP-Link hands down are the best. I have a lot of Leviton products in my house, and I'm now adding TP-Link for Smart Outlets as Leviton is taking forever to release them. I would also add Lutron, but they require a hub for everything to work. They have great products, but I don’t want or need any more hubs when Wi-Fi direct products are best.

Installing the Fan Controller and Smart Switch: I recorded a video of the install, and its below. Way too many details to write about, so a video is best.

Adding the Fan Controller and Smart Switch to the My Leviton App: I recorded a video of the install, and its below. Way too many details to write about, so a video is best. The setup is so simple and easy.

Controlling the Fan and light with Alexa: Coming Soon

My Thoughts: This is an excellent product from Leviton but it has some Alexa integration issues. The app and drive work’s just fine but Alexa isn’t giving it the correct commands. I think this has to do with the product not being released yet. I have contacted Leviton and haven’t heard anything out of them yet. I do look forward to changing out my other Fans and lights from using Bond Home to Leviton Smart Switches and Fan controllers. (Alexa Issues have been FIXED, It was My Bond Home Device causing the issues)

Leviton has made it very hard to identify what switch is a fan controller or a dimmer. Light Dimmers have seven lights on the left side when you use the dimming rocker. The fan controller only has four lights on the left side when you use the speed bar. I don’t see any other way to identify what is what based on its current design. I wish on the front plate they embedded a fan image in the plastic so you can tell what it is. Maybe they will offer replacement plates at some point.

I hope Leviton keeps coming out with NEW products, which will help everyone with all there needs. I do have a list of things that Leviton would do an excellent job at making. Smart Devices needed or updates on the market today

I'll be updating this post as I play with the Smart Switch more, but for now, it has five stars

A little information about the other Leviton Products I have in my Home.

I went all-in with Leviton smart switches a few years ago and have had no regrets and never looked back, I have been playing with other new ones that come out, but they lack support or have issues.

Currently, I have 3 DW15P-1BW Plugs, 21 DW15S-1BW Single Switch, 26 DD0SR-DLZ remote switches, 3 DW1KD-1BZ 1000w Dimmer Switches, 1  DD00R-DLZ remote switch, 1 DWVAA-1BW Smart Alexa Dimmer  Switch and 2 DW4SF Fan Speed Controllers

If I had to guess, that's around a $2,500 to $3,200+ investment in Leviton and its Smart Home Products. I still need to get a few more to have my whole house be on smart switches.

Link to the Book that came with the Smart Fan Controller

 More videos coming soon

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Our Verdict

5/5

Items Leviton needs to add

Don't let the few missing features scare you away. This switch is excellent and works GREAT

  • Update the Face Plate to have a picture of a fan molded in the plastic
  • Update all device firmware- Added to the App
  • Email about firmware updates and give release notes

Products they Need to make in WiFi

  • Smart outdoor outlet
  • Smart outdoor plug
  • Smart power strip
  • Built-in Alexa Switch- on the market now
  • Smart outlet/receptacle- TBD Release in 2020
  • Smart fan controller- on the market now
  • Smart fan/light controller
  • Smart light bulb like Cree Smart Bulb in 60, 75 and 100 watts
  • Smart Nightlight to put in an outlet box
  • Indoor Smart motion sensor
  • Little Smart switches like Sonoff
  • I'm sure you're thinking why would he want all of these things, well the My Leviton App is GREAT, and the software that runs the switches is too. It would be nice to have all the about in that app, so we know the products will work like we want them to.
  

Important Information- The switches require a neutral wire to work.

The protective ground is green or green with a yellow stripe. The neutral is white, the hot (live or active) single-phase wires are black, and red in the case of a second active. Video

In a nutshell, what I'm trying to say is this is a GOOD product, and Yes, it will cost a lot, but it's well worth the purchase.

FOR

  • Support Team is GREAT
  • No hub and uses Wifi to connect
  • 3-way switches and dimmers
  • Automate and create schedules
  • Looks and works like a regular switch
  • Leviton is a reputable company
  • Compatible with both Android and iOS
  • Compatible with both Google Home and Alexa
  • 100% worth the cost
  • Can use the remote switchs for 3 way applications
  • Support other color face plates
  • Easy Switch WifI Reset
  • Easy Pairing to WiFi
  • Can control it on a PC at https://my.leviton.com
  • Fun to use to play jokes on people with
  • I love the timer option
  • Works with Netgear Orbi Systems
  • Works with IFTTT
  • Status light so you can find the switch in the dark
  • NOT Z-wave, Zigbee or Bluetooth but is WiFi
  • Quiet selection of 4 forward fans speeds and off
  • List Item

AGAINST

  • No Update all device firmware- Added to the App
  • No Email about firmware updates and give release notes
  • When you have a brownout have the switch reset its self to it will work correctly. With the other switches I have tested they all have this issue
  • The Price BUT it's Well Worth IT!!
  • Don't let the few missing feature scare you away. This switch is VERY solid and works GREAT
  • Update the Face Plate to have a picture of a fan molded in the plastic so you can tell what it is

Things to remember if you buy a USED Product

  1. Make sure they have a return policy
  2. Ask them if it was linked to My Leviton
  • If NO, then Good
  • If YES, then BAD
    • Ask them to unlink it from the My Leviton Account
    • If they can’t DON’T BUY IT
    • If the switch is linked to an account Leviton Support CAN’T unlink it for you.

For Three plus way, application buy one DWVAA-1BW and then multi DD0SR-1Z or DD00R-DLZ based on what you are trying to do

  • Quiet selection of 4 forward fans speeds and off 
  • White, Single Gang Screwless Wallplate included 
  • For use with one or more ceiling paddle fans with split-capacitor or shaded pole motors, not to exceed a total of 1.5A. 
  • Compatible with pull chain ceiling fans without electronic control 
  • Ceiling fan light kits can be controlled separately by DW6HD 
  • Multi-location (3-way) control is achieved using up to 4 remote units, DD00R-DLZ.
  • NOTE: Item is not a smart product, it is just compatible with our Decora Smart products
  • Matching dimmer remote for use with Decora Digital or Decora smart dimmers does not function as a stand-alone switch
  • Requires Decora Digital (Bluetooth) or Decora Smart (Z Wave, Wi-Fi, and HomeKit) dimmers (Refer to compatibility chart below)
  • Decora style for compatibility with Decora wallplates
  • Dual voltage to support 120VAC and 277VAC
  • White face assembled on device, Ivory and light almond faceplates included
  • IMPORTANT: Neutral wire is required for installation, else the product will have buzzing noise and can also be the cause of non-operation of the device

DD00R-DLZ

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