Installing, Setting Up & Linking Z-Wave Devices in House Check

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Note: This article assumes you have already designed the smart home, and planned the optimal installation location of the Z-wave devices around the home in optimal locations for Z-Wave communication, as described in Network Planning for Z-Wave Devices.




Z-Wave Basics

We will provide step-by-step instructions for setting up Z-Wave devices in a Devicebook Smart Home, but every home is different, and may require adjustments to the formula to create an optimal network topology. In general, it is important to understand the following when setting up Z-Wave devices.

Z-Wave is a Mesh Network

Z-Wave is a communication protocol that forms a form of mesh network, with predetermined routes between devices and the Devicebook Hub. This means that unlike Wi-Fi devices, which always communicate directly with the Hub, Z-Wave devices may communicate with the Hub by sending messages to neighbors, which forward the message along to the Hub.

Z-Wave devices communicate to the Hub via a predetermined path of Z-Wave Repeaters

When a Z-Wave device is included in the network, the network tries to determine the best communication path from the device to the Devicebook Hub, by jumping along Z-Wave repeaters that are placed along the way.

A Z-Wave repeater is a device in the Z-Wave network that is always-on (not battery powered), and forwards messages from the Devicebook Hub to devices, and vice-versa. In this way, a Z-wave network can reach to a long range, making it suitable for larger homes.

Path from device to Hub is determined when device is Included

At the time that you you House Check to set up the device, the communication path from the device to the Hub is determined. Specifically, this is the path of communication from device, to up to three repeaters, to the Devicebook Hub.

Important: This means that you should first set up Z-Wave devices in House Check which are to be used as repeaters, and then set up devices further away from the Hub. If you set up a repeater between the Hub and a device after the device has already been set up using House Check, the device will not use the repeater as a node to relay its messages.

Z-Wave Devices Should Not Be Reset to Factory Defaults

In nearly all cases, resetting a Z-Wave device is not the recommended way of removing a Z-Wave device from the Devicebook Hub's Z-Wave network. Doing so could cause long-term Z-wave network communication issues.

If a Z-wave device must be reset to factory defaults for any reason, it is strongly advised that you first unpair the device from the Devicebook Hub, using the Home Controller.

Once a Z-Wave device has been unpaired from the Devicebook Hub's Z-Wave network, you can safely reset the device to factory defaults.



Where should a Z-Wave device be located when I set it up?

Place the device at its intended installation location when you set it up.

If you have issues setting up the device at its installation location, place the device by the nearest Z-Wave repeater. After setup, you can install the device at its intended location.

If you do not have any nearby repeaters, place the device by the Devicebook Hub. After setup, you can install the device at its intended location.

I set up a Z-Wave device by the nearest Z-Wave repeater, then installed it. But now, it is disconnected. How do I fix this?

Make sure no metal objects (or other dense barriers) are between the repeater and the device.

Most likely, the installation location of the Z-Wave device is too far from the repeater. Two options to fix this are:

A) Move the repeater so it is closer to the installation location of the device. Be careful not to move the device too far from the Devicebook Hub or other repeaters.

B) Add an additional repeater to the network. You'll need to edit the Design to add the repeater, and re-generate the Home Controller before you set up the repeater device.

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