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 Posted: Saturday Oct 22nd, 2016 05:38 pm
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Hi perhaps people can add there own insight, tips and thoughts.
Here is mine
First thing to understand is Zwave itself.

Step 1
The controllers Primary and Secondary need to be central in the building as much as possible. Zwave inclusion is a bit like layers of an onion. That is include nodes closest to primary controller - Vera in my case first. Then include the next onion ring of nodes - those that next furthest out. Normally  there are only 2-3 layers of onion and possibly a forth. These layers correspond to ZWave hopping its messages to the next layer in the onion ring. Get ALTUI and you can see this ZWAVE network and the ZWAVE quality.

This is very important
Vera uses signal strength to determine when to hop or not, and therefore build its network. I had Vera stuck inside a metal network cage and a Qubino Pilot wire stuck in metal Dimplex smart radiator.  I had to include this node with all metal cladding in place so that Vera would know how weak the signal is and therefore using Hoping. Hope this makes sense.

Step 2
The more nodes the longer it take to build network information. Vera might take hours. Use Polling, Stress testing and Healing network in Vera and ALTUI(Heal on Menu More/Controllers).

Step 3
Include Comfort in the Network.

Comfort
Learn is a two step process. This really should be split into two different buttons in comfort, or allow manual override of node type in Comfort
Learn in comfort is
Step 1 - get all node IDs from Vera - the ALTIDs (these do not  change from learn to learn) by going to Vera itself. Just getting the Node ID will set the Comfort node type initially to Basic node and you will be able Dim, Set ON or OFF any ZWAVE device.
Step 2 - Now after getting Node IDs Comfort then goes to each node directly- talks to it to determine node type. This where if the device reports temperature or other sensor information Comfort will be set the Node type to Multilevel Sensor. You will then be set a Sensor Number to Zwave device for temperature for example.
However Comfort Step 1 and Step 2 - Step 2 is too much of hit and miss affair. I will post seperature email to explain how managed and what step 2 experience has been like. Hopefully this can be changed. However eventually I have got node types set other than basic but as I have a lot sensors it taken too much time to do it and its still not complete.



 Posted: Sunday Oct 23rd, 2016 07:16 am
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Thanks that is interesting. Please share whatever experience you have



 Posted: Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2016 01:39 am
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Please see my new thread ZWave Hints and Tips - for Sensors


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