Don’t miss the “ZWave intoduction” chapter!

How to install Z-Wave Stuff

Z-Wave software

Then some nodes are needed in Node-RED to communicate with the USB Key.

If you want to install it :

  • Use the menu import / node

  • type ttb-zwave3 in the dialog box.

  • Wait for the install
  • Then reboot
  • then refresh the web browser page

No ZWave node in the palette? You forgot to refresh the page (or there is an error: look at the console from the right menu)

Activate Z-Wave

  • Type “zwave” into the palette filter box.
  • Drag’n drop the ZWave node to the workspace:

  • Then Activate: a new Z-Wave workspace appears (if not already there) that contains one node per Z-Wave device functionality.
  • Then Activate again to save this new workspace.

Using Z-Wave devices

Now it is possible to use Z-Wave devices.

First, you need to buy a Z-Wave USB Key that you should plug on the pi in any USB available port: The Z-Wave Aeotec Z-Stick Gen 5 USB Key

Then you can add Z-Wave devices.

Waiting for the devices

Devices need time to load.

use the menu/Console to check the state.

Here is the Dongle dump at boot time: no devices are ready:

--- ZWave Dongle ---------------------
node: [1] ZW090 Z-Stick Gen5 (Static PC Controller)
node: [2]  no infos yet
node: [3]  no infos yet
node: [4] empty
node: [5] empty
node: [6]  no infos yet
node: [7]  no infos yet
node: [8]  no infos yet
node: [9] empty
node: [10]  no infos yet
node: [11]  no infos yet
node: [12]  no infos yet
node: [13]  no infos yet
node: [14]  no infos yet
node: [15]  no infos yet
node: [16] empty
node: [17]  no infos yet
node: [18]  no infos yet
node: [19]  no infos yet
node: [20]  no infos yet
node: [21]  no infos yet
node: [22] empty
node: [23]  no infos yet
node: [24] empty
node: [25] empty
node: [26]  no infos yet
node: [27]  no infos yet
node: [28] empty
node: [29]  no infos yet
node: [30]  no infos yet
node: [31]  no infos yet
node: [32]  no infos yet
--------------------------------------

Then, progressively (it takes minutes), devices are mounting:

--- ZWave Dongle ---------------------
node: [1] ZW090 Z-Stick Gen5 (Static PC Controller)
node: [2] alive but no infos yet
node: [3] alive but no infos yet
node: [4] empty
node: [5] empty
node: [6] alive but no infos yet
node: [7] FGWPE Wall Plug (Binary Switch)
node: [8] ASP-3-1-00 Smart Plug (On/Off Power Switch)
node: [9] empty
node: [10] FGWPE Wall Plug (Binary Switch)
node: [11] ZW098 LED Bulb (Light Dimmer Switch)
node: [12] alive but no infos yet
node: [13] alive but no infos yet
node: [14] alive but no infos yet
node: [15] FGWPE Wall Plug (Binary Switch)
node: [16] empty
node: [17] alive but no infos yet
node: [18] AN157 Plug-in Appliance Module (Binary Power Switch)
node: [19] alive but no infos yet
node: [20] alive but no infos yet
node: [21] alive but no infos yet
node: [22] empty
node: [23] alive but no infos yet
node: [24] empty
node: [25] empty
node: [26] alive but no infos yet
node: [27] alive but no infos yet
node: [28] empty
node: [29] alive but no infos yet
node: [30] AD147 Plug-in Dimmer Module (Light Dimmer Switch)
node: [31] alive but no infos yet
node: [32] FGWPE Wall Plug (Binary Switch)

At the end, some device seems to be definitively sleeping. Try to stimulate them by pressing their setup button.

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