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  2. Can I get the source code for the Z-Wave software without spending a lot of money with Sigma for a development kit? Is there some open source software anywhere that implements the Z-Wave protocols with the Sigma chips (e.g. a ZM5101), that would allow me to get started with Z-Wave development without spending too much money? Thanks - Rowan
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  4. What is the cheapest way of developing a Z-wave sensor, hopefully that doesn't require me to buy the Sigma development kit nor the expensive API licence, nor the expensive Keil compiler. Ideally I would like to base it on the Sigma ZM5101 chip rather than a board like the Z-Uno. It seems to me that a temperature sensor could be designed with very few components beyond the ZM5101, the DS18B20, and a 3V lithium cell. This could be very small, and have a decent battery life, if one didn't measure the temperature too often. Why do they insist on people using the Keil IDE? Surely it must be possible to convert the code so that it will build in a free tool chain? Thanks - Rowan
  5. What is the cheapest way of developing a Z-wave sensor, hopefully that doesn't require me to buy the Sigma development kit nor the expensive API licence, nor the expensive Keil compiler. Ideally I would like to base it on the Sigma ZM5101 chip rather than a board like the Z-Uno. It seems to me that a temperature sensor could be designed with very few components beyond the ZM5101, the DS18B20, and a 3V lithium cell. This could be very small, and have a decent battery life, if one didn't measure the temperature too often. Why do they insist on people using the Keil IDE? Surely it must be possible to convert the code so that it will build in a free tool chain? Thanks - Rowan
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  7. My Project

    Hi, Welcome. I just found this forum. My plan is to develop some components for home energy management. First on the list is a Z-Wave temperature sensor using a DS18B20. I will want to make quite a few of these, one for each room. I also have a plan to add Z-Wave capability to the EQ-3 radiator valve, since this seems to be far far cheaper than any other such device that I can find (you can buy these for £8.85 from Reichelt). My thinking here is that about the most stupid place to put a temperature sensor to control the temperature of a room is surely at skirting board level just next to a radiator. Therefore my proposed solution is to fit a battery powered Z-wave sensor in the most suitable place in the room (presumably at about 5 feet high, on an inside wall, not near any source of heat or drafts), and use a central computer in the house to run some software to open and close the radiator valves as required, and eventually to control the boiler too. My first question is: what is the cheapest way of developing a Z-wave sensor, hopefully that doesn't require me to buy the Sigma development kit nor the expensive API licence, nor the expensive Keil compiler. Ideally I would like to base it on the Sigma ZM5101 chip rather than a board like the Z-Uno. It seems to me that the sensor could be designed with very few components beyond the ZM5101, the DS18B20, and a 3V lithium cell. This could be very small, and have a decent battery life, if one didn't measure the temperature too often. After that comes all sorts of additional sensors (outside temperature, wind speed and direction, insolation, boiler temperature, hot water cylinder temperature (maybe at several levels) plus the ability to write rules about what temperature each room should be given the sensor readings for minimum energy usage. So that is what I'm thinking. Any hints on my project, or valuable lessons learned from similar projects would be most welcome. Thanks - Rowan
  8. Door locks and Keyless entry

    Using bio metric in homes can be hectic , but these are very helpful in commercial buildings. I also have installed in my office also and it works really well, locksmith la jolla helped an suggested to install those locks to increase the security level in my office.
  9. ELV Dimmer

    I bought the Leviton DZ6HD z wave dimmer switch which is rated for LEDs and I have the neutral wire,  but the lights buzzed badly. I tried all 3 settings, incandescent, LED and CFL, all the same deal. Otherwise the switch connected and worked fine.  Does anyone know a good Zwave (or other) ELV type dimmer switch.  I have the Pixi flat panel led lights, 6 in parallel 24 watts each.  Lots of switches out there but when you read the comments many have the buzzing or flickering problem.  The Lutron looks pretty good but I need another bridge.  There is a kit, nicely priced at $75 which includes the bridge and dimmer and an extra remote dimmer but it is not clear that this is the best version for LEDs.  It also does not remember it last setting when turned on which is annoying but I can live with.  They have another model for $80, switch only,  that would likely do the trick, and has a "favorite" button but I am still at nearly $160 once I also buy the bridge.  Thats a lot for my one light I need to do.  Wondering if anyone has any recommendations?    TIA,  Steve.  
  10. CT-100 thermostat AC trouble

    For proper information on ac unit installation and repair you must read the user guide for repairing ac unit. There everything has been mentioned about how to install the ac unit and how to repair the air conditioning unit.
  11. Hi there, Right now I have a standard switch that controls an outlet on the wall.  That outlet has two lamps plugged into it with HUE bulbs inside.  What I want to do it replace that switch with a smart switch that can control the HUE bulbs directly (via SmartThings) without actually cutting the power to the outlets.  I want a dimmer that we can use to control the hue lights, but if there are other things in the outlet, I don't want those other things to lose power. So, I'm really not sure how to accomplish this... any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
  12. Dear forum, I am planinng to uplift my home with some modern home automation features and have after some studying come to the conclusion that I should base my solution in z-wave. So far so good! Where I live, Sweden, two competitors seem to be dominating the market for actuators, Fibaro and Qubino. Or at least these are the two that most often show up in search results. I am leaning towards getting a Fibaro Home Center 2 as a controller and it can manage any type of z-wave device (I think) When it comes to dimmers I am trying to understand the differences and benefits with the products from Qubino and Fibaro.  The Fibaro dimmer2 seems to integrate very well with the controller from them which is to be expected I suppose. On the other hand - the Fibaro dimmer module is quite big compared to the one from Qubino and the smallness is a big selling point in favor of the Qubino. Also, the Qubino can handle smaller loads out of the box which is also a big plus. The Qubino however does not seem to be very well documented, Where Fibaro has loads of documents explaining all the features and parameters, Qubino is clearly lacking. One such blank area is how to use the second (or third) switch connected to the dimmer. To the Fibaro you can connect two switches: s1 and s2, while Qubino can take three: l1, l2 and l3. For Fibaro, the use of and s2 is well documented and it can trigger scenes in various ways. The controller can pick up scene-ID from the dimmer and these are pre-defined. 26 means single click on s2, 24 means double click on s2, 16 means single click on s1 etc etc.  All very well described by Fibaro. For Qubino however I am not sure how it works, I have understood form posts here and there on various forums that l2 and l3 can be used to trigger events but the concept of "scene" is never mentioned. Does that mean that Qubino does not support scenes? Or how does it work? I like the small form factor of the Qubino and that it can dim small loads but the product does not seem to be as easy to use the one from Fibaro. Or perhaps I just haven't grasped all the z-wave concepts yet and therefore am not connecting the dots properly. I am still at the beginning of the learning curve. So I am turning to the forum for some advice on the matter. Thanks Per
  13. play audio file?

    I haven't used Tasker, but I think it would do what you want by using it on an inexpensive Android tablet [doesn't require a smartphone!] Check out this post from the Homeseer Tasker thread: https://forums.homeseer.com/showpost.php?p=1279962&postcount=1 If that doesn't do it for you, I would suggest posting over in the Tasker thread at the Homeseer forum.
  14. play audio file?

    Be aware that I'm not looking for another doorbell; this will be triggered by another event. I can't use the Zee directly (too far away, and it would be impractical to run a wire, or even do this wireless). I considered posting to the HS forum, but didn't see a suitable category -- everything is HS-specific. And, yes, I considered using HSTouch to do this (which would mean setting up a smartphone in that location, which would also be impractical). Unless there's some other device? Actually, I think that using HSTouch might be 'kludgy'; I have Tasker, which would be a lot neater.
  15. play audio file?

    OK.  You can do what you want, but not with z-wave.  Z-wave is a control protocol only.  If your Zee is close enough to where you want the sound played, you could use a bluetooth speaker and have Homeseer "speak" the sound file to that speaker when a HS event detects that the doorbell rings.  Another choice would be to use a Homeseer HSTouch client in that location and have HS speak to just that client when the doorbell rings.  There are probably more choices, but those two came immediately to mind.  You might want to post over on the Homeseer forum for ideas from the real HS "gurus"!
  16. play audio file?

    Yes. Specifically, a Zee S2.
  17. play audio file?

    Is that a Homeseer Hometroller?
  18. I'm looking for a way to play an audio file (just a short .mp3 or .wav). Is there a z-wave device that can do that? The details: I have the Aeotec Doorbell, which I use for its main function and for general notifications. I need something like that in another part of my house. Yes, I could buy another Aeotec Doorbell -- but, I'm hoping that there is another solution. I figure that there should be just a simple device that I can transfer the audio file/s to (probably USB), and control with my HomeTroller.
  19. Hello all, I am new in this z-wave/home-automation world, so I don't know much about it. I would like to turn on/off my central heating - much like a thermostat would do - but the decision would be mine based on multiple factors, like the temperature in each room, if a window is opened or not, etc.The central is a fairly new one and its current thermostat is controlling it by 2-wire (24V) system. So, my question is - where can I find this kind of switch? I found a fibaro, but it looks like it is discontinued. All others seems to be very confusing. I was thinking also on a Qubino Flush & Cool thermostat - but I am afraid I cannot control it from outside.  Can someone with some experience in this domain advise me please? If you feel I haven't provided much information, please let me know what I need to look into it and I will. Thank you! Dragos.      
  20. Zwave Kwikset and Tuxedo Touch

    Hi...i am a new user here. As per my knowledge Kwikset and Yale locks need to be right next to the controller while adding to be able to negotiate the security class when adding the lock. If you have been trying to add the lock in place - remove the inside of the lock where the battery pack resides, bring to to the controller ,delete or remove the device the try adding it again.
  21. New Z-Wave Products

    Z-Uno is here ! It's the first (easy to use) developer board that allows to create a Z-Wave device, apparently without deep knowledge of Z-Wave protocol or programming
  22. Z-Wave Promo from ASIHome

    For every $150 purchased from the linked category from July 31 through August 15, 2017, get $25 off a $100 order, valid September 1-15, 2017. We'll send you a coupon code for your discount when we process your order. This promotion is good while supplies last and subject to limitations. If products are returned, credit amounts will be adjusted to reflect the discount. http://www.asihome.com/ASIshop/index.php?cPath=564_696
  23. So I'm about to order my first Z-Wave components, I'm just deciding on a controller.  I mainly only want the system to turn on all or certain zone lights in our shop, trigger certain lights when doors are opened and turn on lights when a motion sensor is tripped, all easy to configure. The other thing I want to do is have a program where a button is pressed to start a 1 hr timer.  When the timer ends an alarm goes off until the button is pressed again to reset the timer to 1 hr.  This is as a reminder for our operators to check certain equipment every hour.  I know some controllers are more customisable, some aren't.  I've read questionable things about Vera controllers, I was looking at the Samung Smarthings Hub because it is supposedly the easiest to setup, but I'm concerned about it being too limited. I want something easy, but mainly able to run my timed alarm program.  Any suggestions on what controller I should get, and how to program it?
  24. Virtual Machine for Hub?

    Message received.  I'm on my own.  I am doing New Science.
  25. I bought a SmartThings hub and discovered to my horror that it's inextricably connected to the Cloud.  So, Samsung, wants to know whenever I unlock a door or turn on a light, not to mention where I am at all times?!  pfff  Suck my azz. I find the Razberry, which can partition the hardware and software from the Cloud, and also there are z-wave USB sticks.  This leads me to believe that it would be possible for me to set up a Xen virtual machine to act as my hub, with a USB stick as the transceiver. I run CentOS and would set up a Minimal installation of it.  But what z-wave software would I use?  The intent would be that the VM serve as a server and other VMs and machines in the LAN are clients which run maybe OpenHAB or the like.  I will set up a VPN for phone connexion.  Ideally this should run on IPV6 but IPV4 is acceptable. Also, what client software is recommended for imaginative constructs, without too much brain surgery?
  26. Dear Members,     I am new to z-wave technology, had a knowledge of communication in z-wave network. I am trying to use raspberry Pi to control z-wave devices.,Is there any  way to use it without any external controllers like UZB,razberry.   Regards, Shreyas Shah.
  27. I would suggest you also check out Homeseer.  Also, go to the Vera forums and look for posts from unhappy users!  I use z-wave with Homeseer software running on a dedicated older PC and have been very happy.  Z-wave isn't perfect, but it's still much, much better than x10.  Sorry, I don't have any experience with the Dome or Aeotec devices you mention.
  28. Hello All;   Well my X10 controls have finally died.  I use most of the system to control my pool and a couple of indoor home lights.  The X10 worked for years, but as I have been automating more and more in my home, I want to make the shift over to a new technology.  Based on my research to date, I am heavily leaning towards a VeraPlus system that supports Z wave, but other wireless technologies as well.  While I am zeroing in on Z wave modules as my initial push for a "like for like" change out from X10, I was wondering if anyone on this forum might have any experience with doing what I am about to do. I currently have two types of X10 modules.  1:  WS467 (Wall switch module) to contol some pool lights.  I don't think I will need this type of remote switch (comparable z wave) as I am converting to LED lights in my pool/spa very soon.  2:  AM486 Appliance Module. So my questions are:   1.  Any comments/feedback (or pointers to other threads) about the VeraPlus system? 2.  For the VeraPlus system, any comments/experience with the web and mobile interfaces? 2.  Any suggestions/comments/experience with replacing the above mentioned X10 modules with something like the Dome Smart On/Off outlet or the Aeotec by Aeon Labs ZW096 Smart Switch outlet?   Thanks for any insight or information from all!!
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