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1)We are doing a remodel of our downstairs area which will include a full bath, media room and adjoing office/bar area. We how low ceilngs and therefore want to install recessed main lighting and accent lights thorughout. I want to be able to control all the lights using a harmony remote as well as the wall controls but I am not sure on the type/brand of lights i should be looking at to buy. I was thinking I would like to install low voltage lights throughout but do you need a particular brand. I guess i am unsure of how to proceed since this is a remodel and we have the area gutted and framed so we have free acess to run wires etc.. so i really need to know what type of light i should be looking at.
2)What outdoor motion sensor is recommended?
3)I have installed z-wave light switches and thermostats in my house. I have four GE controller remotes. I would like to add a camera to the front door area, a motion detector, and z-wave switches to the rolladin shutters on the outside of my windows. I would like to be able to control the system from my computer and over the Internet and be able to see the image from the camera from my computer.
1. GE remote model 45601 -- I have trained the thermostats to the remote. However, I am unable to do anything with the remote. The user guide has very little on thermostat control. Where can I get more information on making the thermostats work. Can I operate more than one thermostat with the remotes?
2. What do I need to operate and monitor the z-wave system from my computer while at home or over the Internet? I\\\'m confused. Do I need both a USB z-wave controller and a gateway device? Do they come with software? What brand and models do you recommend?
3. Recommendations and advice on cameras please.
4. The rolladin shutters (a.k.a. hurricane shutters) are each controlled by a low voltage switch with three positions -- up, down, and off.. I know that they are low voltage, because I removed one of them and the wire connections it thin like thermostat wire. Is there a z-wave device that I can use to raise and lower the shutters?
4)I would like to build a fully automated smart controlled home automated systems, using the latest technology available such as z-wave technology.
So I wonder if you can your help building the complete integrated solution & sending me all the needed equipment / requirements (everything from hardware and / or software) to achieve this goal. Or to direct me to a system integrator who can do this for me
Also if works fine with me, I look forward building a good relationship with you & being your partner in Saudi if you don’t mind in the future.
5)I woulf like to increase the range by abourt 40 feet. I just read one of your answers useing HOp. How does that work? What do i need to get to do that?
6)What do I need to be able to adjust my electric shades?They only work all up or all down.I\\\'m also picking up a Harmony 890 remote.
7)I have a GE Advanced Remote and two Wayne Dalton Thermostats. Both Are Z-Wave. I added the thermostats to the remote, but I can\\\'t figure out how to control the thermostat with a remote. Basically, the user guide for the thermostat says see the instructions for the remote and the instructions for the remote so see the instructions for the thermostat.help!
I would like to use my logitech remote to contol my ceiling fan and light. Logitech says, use any device with z-wave technology. I can\\\'t seem to find a module, that will fit my needs. Do you have any suggestions? I am looking for a module I can put up in the fixtures electrical box area, that I could just hard wire in. Just like a basic module they sell with ceiling fan remotes.
9)I have a computer hooked up to Homeseer software. My house has many z-wave ligt switches and controllers and I would like to install a motion sensor that controls a light and also activates a camera to record in the same computer only when there is movement. How can I do this?
10)I have a DSC 832 security system hard-wired into my house. I am looking to add motion activated video monitoring to the insid and outside of the house, as well as dual action motion sensors on my property. These motion sensors should be able to awaken me , if I am at home, and notify me and the security company, if I am not. It would be nice if the computer hard drive could record all video, notify people, over the internet, if there is an intrusion, all preferably hardwired to the computer. Otherwise, I could intergrate my present system to interact with the computer components?
Please advise what you have available. And, if nothing significant, who else might be moresuited to this configuration.
11)I have a Harmony 890 remote and would like to use it to set up an Intermatic CA5000 6 scene wall mounted remote. Is it possible to set up the CA5000 using the harmony 890 and not purchase a seperate controller?
12)I want to be able to program the Vizia 4 scene controller (or the Aspire 5 -scene controller) with my harmony 890. Is this possible.
Is ZTH100 compatible with Leviton Vizia rf dimmers/switches.
14)Do I have to connect the Zwave products to the internet to control them or can I control the devices from a LAN that is not connected to the WWW.
15)Is their any interface for z-wave to old low-voltage light switches? It would likely have to be some kind of low voltage contactor or the like. I\\\'ve seen line-level versions, but not low-voltage. The line level are overkill for my purposes.
16)I am in need of a Z-Wave AC Vent. I have multiple rooms and would like the ability to open and shut certain vents. Is that possible or do you know of anything?
17)Schlage as a product line call Schlage Link. Is the bridge that Schalage offers a propriatory device or can any wireless router be used?
I have the same question for their thermostat and cameras, if I go with Schlage will I be locked to their products?
i am looking for an European integrated solution of Zwave home control and heating system. I only see 1 zwave controlled radiator thermostat available by Danfoss, but this one is very limited. can you please indicate whether there are more suppliers for the European market ? I sopke to Danfoss and the tecnician said that they were not really operating into the zwave space. (although they are part of the alliance)
19)I\\\'m searching a Z-Wave gas detector but until now I don\\\'t find it, Please someone know a comercial gas detector, Could you send me information about that?
20)Is the Logitech Harmony 1100 compatible with Z-Wave at all? What are third-party Z-Wave products?
21)I first became interested in the Z-Wave products after researching my lighting and home automation options.
I am now trying to plan a cost effective whole home automation project. I would like to start with Lighting and HVAC controlled through my iPhone, Car Homelink buttons, and Computer for ease of Setup.
In later phases, I would like to integrate video surveillance, alarm capabilities, and audio video distribution but for now, my questions are about how to get started.
22)1) What brand switches I should go for? Should I just pick the cheaper option?
I am looking at Intermatic Z Wave and Leviton Vizia for (Dimmers, Switches, and Lamp modules) and Wayne Dalton products (Homelink Control, And HVAC Panel).
2) What control unit suits my needs best? It seems like the ControlThink software and MiCasaVerde box are the leading options. I like that MiCasaVerde does not require a computer but this is a minor issue. Reliability, simplicity and features are more important.
I am not sure what the other criteria should be but I can guess (expandability, up front and long term costs, ongoing company support and stability, product updates, system flexibility, support of all Z-Wave devices). Can you provide and advice on my best option, even if it isn’t one of these two?
Sorry for the bombardment of questions but I have been researching for days on end and I could use some expert input for a system on a budget now but with big aspirations!