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Z-Wave

Z-Wave is a wireless communications standard which can be used for automaton of existing buildings.

Z-Wave

Z-Wave is a wireless communications standard which can be used for automaton of existing buildings, or adding additional features and functionality without the hassle with drilling holes and wiring.

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Network Configuration

Main Z-Wave node displays an overview of the Z-wave network, where all the included devices and statuses are shown. All settings for the controller are also set in the main node.

Picture 1: Z-wave node

Devices:

Selecting the device from the Devices list will provide additional information regarding the device, associations, connection to the controller, etc.

Picture 2: Z-wave device

Main Z-wave devices list:

Inclusion

Inclusion is a process of adding a new device to the Z-Wave network. The number of times an inclusion button on the device must be pressed varies from device to device. Please check the device documentation first.

Inclusion in bOS Configurator

  1. Insert USB stick in the USB port (if the controller is our Colibri server, controller should already be in the list).

  2. Add a new Z-Wave node to the configuration.

  3. On the right side in select correct COM port number and set Enabled to true.

  4. Click Inclusion button in the Devices toolbar. This will start the inclusion procedure. Put the device in range of the Z-wave Controller. Then press the inclusion button on the device. In a few seconds device information should appear. After successful inclusion, associate the device with Z-Wave controller and set the device parameters.

  5. Step 4 must be repeated for every device you wish to include.

Inclusion with USB stick

Not all USB sticks have this functionality. Example of a USB stick with an inclusion/exclusion button is the Aeotec Z-Stick Series 2.

The USB stick needs to be in close vicinity (less than 1m or 3ft.) of the device you wish to add. First press the inclusion button on the USB stick then press the button on the device. When you finish including all the devices follow the following steps:

  1. Insert USB stick in USB port.

  2. Add a new Z-Wave node to the configuration.

  3. On the right side in Settings tab enter your COM port number and set Enabled to true.

  4. Click Discovery button in the Devices toolbar. This should automatically start the discovery process. In a few seconds the list should be populated with devices you have added previously.

Exclusion

Exclusion is a process of removing a device from a Z-wave network. Not all USB sticks have this functionality. Example of a USB stick with an inclusion/exclusion button is the Aeotec Z-Stick Series 2.

Exclusion with USB stick

The exclusion depends on the device and the USB stick. Please check their documentation for details.

Exclusion in bOS Configurator

  1. Select the main Z-Wave node.

  2. Click on the Exclusion button in the Devices toolbar. This will start the exclusion process, then press the exclusion combination button on the device.

  3. If a device was successfully excluded it should be removed from the bottom list.

Note: The number of times an inclusion button on the device must be pressed varies from device to device. Please check the device documentation first.

Device configuration

You can additionally configure a device by clicking on the device node and all additional information is displayed on the right. This form contains settings that are available for the device. For more details about a device please refer to the device manual or under the info node. Association settings are one of the most important settings for each device.

Association settings: This is a very important function of Z-Wave. It enables linking two devices (ex. PIR sensor and a light switch) to work independently from the USB stick. Assign a device (Node ID ) to an association group by clicking the Set button. To get devices assigned to the group click the Get button. You can also remove a device from a group by selecting it from the list and clicking Delete. For what a specific group does and how many they are please refer to the device documentation. Some battery powered devices must also be woken up in order to set the association groups.

Picture 3: Association form

Parameter settings: Special settings for a device. For example; you can set an interval for measuring temperature in a thermostat. You can find parameter numbers, values and descriptions in the device documentation.

Not every device comes with a pre-made parameters, some devices need manual parameters update.

Picture 4: Parameters form

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