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Create your own Z-Wave gateway. With Z-Stick Gen5 you’ll be able to create your own Z-Wave hub using readily available, and sometimes free, home automation software. You’ll benefit from a system that is locally hosted and cloud free, whose features, security and privacy you can personally control, and you’ll be able to create your Z-Wave network at your own pace and within your own budget. Capable of controlling up to 232 different Z-Wave devices, including those that use the more advanced Z-Wave Plus, and able to run on both full powered PCs and low powered PCs such as Raspberry Pi, Z-Stick Gen5 works with with open source software such as Domoticz , Home Assistant, OpenHab, and OpenHab2 and also works with commercially available software such as Axial Control, Homeseer, Indigo for MacOS. For enhanced network performance and reduced downtime, Z-Stick Gen5 contains an inbuilt, rechargeable info-lithium battery.
Folks, here is how you disable the annoying flashing disco LED light:
Step 1: Get a Windows machine - Note: if you only have a Raspberry Pi / Linux, please read Fred's comment below. He explains how to send the command on Raspberry Pi. Step 2: Download Drivers for the USB stick from the official website and follow their instructions Step 3: Download CoolTerm (it is free) Step 4: Plug-in the USB stick. CoolTerm should immediately recognize it as a COM-port. Mine is COM3 Step 5: In CoolTerm, click "Connect". Now you are connected to your USB Z-stick via Serial interface Step 6: In CoolTerm menu: Go to "Connection" -> "Send String..." Step 7: Pick "Hex" radio button and copy/paste the following command 01 08 00 F2 51 01 00 05 01 51 Step 8: Click "Send" Step 9: Disco is over!
If you want to re-enable the Disco send the following command on Step 7: 01 08 00 F2 51 01 01 05 01 50
This solution is taken from Domoticz forum [...]
Below is my review of the stick itself: ------- Works great with Home Assistant + Raspberry Pi 3 (with Raspbian) + Minimote and SmartSwitches
A few notes for Raspberry Pi hackers: * follow the installation instructions on the home assistant website carefully. You should be comfortable with command-line at the very least. There are a few places where they recommend setting up `hass` inside python `virtualenv` instead of root. I would recommend doing that. Worked well for me * it is trivial to add SmartSwitches and almost any device you can think but there is one device that will be more tricky: * minimote: both the Z-stick and minimote are controllers. The stick would need to become the primary controller and minimote must become a secondary controller. Please google for it: there are instructions in the internet (see homeassistant.io) that work with Home Assistant. It worked for me.
I've been considering a home automation project since I moved in April. After quite a bit of research around the current and upcoming turnkey solutions like Samsung's SmartThings, Apple's HomeKit, and others, I decided a more home grown solution was more to my liking. I'm a bit of a tinkerer by nature and have some programming skills so settled on an open source automation platform that included the ability to automate "meat space" things using ZWave. All I needed was a ZWave controller that would work in Linux.
The Aeotec Z-Wave Z-Stick, Gen5 seemed to fit the bill from my research so I placed the order and have not been disappointed. This device is perfect for my needs and has been a ton of fun to play with.
Pros: + Plug and play compatibility in any current Linux distribution + Decent range as far as Z-Wave goes (easily 100ft through walls and floors) + Works with all Z-wave devices I've tried so far - Switches, dimmers, wall plugs, thermostats + Perfectly supported by the automation platform I'm using (Home Assistant) + Blinking disco style light can be disabled with a simple command to the controller + Inexpensive way to jump into the Z-wave world
Works great! Easy to add and remove z-wave devices.. I did notice that it took a couple of attempts for a few of my devices (it wouldn't grab the extended zwave info and I'd have to remove and re-add), but for the most part it worked great.
Note that the flashing of the LED between blue/orange/red is normal when plugged into a USB port.
This little USB stick has a cool feature which allows you to carry it around to your devices so you can sync them up. I was able to get it to easily work on Linux as well as a Raspberry Pi. Their website talks about being able to update the firmware, but I'm not sure how to do that yet. One annoying feature is when you have it hooked to your computer and running, it constantly cycles the color on the USB which is annoying to look at and might make you think something is wrong with it. I'm sure someone thought that was a cool feature, but I wish I could turn it off.
The Aeon Labs Gen 5 Z-stick was a little challenging to get working on some of my software, but being a novice I chalk it up to lack of experience. I settled on using the InControl software because it is the only one I have managed to get all the readings from my 6 in 1 sensor on. I have not had any issues with signal drops or failures. It is a solid product.
The only con: I can not figure out how to stop the color cycling LED ring showing the device is connected. The LEDs are not exactly dim either.
Works well, even for 20-30+ nodes - faster and more reliably than previous version. The mobility is nice, to be able to unplug and walk-around to include nodes already in place. Looses a star because of the crazy idea that flashing the LED in different colors should indicate everything's working okay. Buggy as the old version was, at least the steady blue light was a better indicator that all was well. Annoying, if not misleading.
When I first got this a year ago, I was able to set it up on my old Windows laptop, but couldn't get it to work with OpenHab 1.x, and so never got around to migrating it to its final home at the time, a Raspberry Pi 2. Fast forward to this week, I was able to get it to work on Ubuntu running on a Celeron NUC box after some minor tribulations. The main issue was that I had to give the OpenHab user account access to the device port using the "adduser" command. OpenHab 2.x definitely made it much easier. Now its working great, although the light never stops blinking/changing color. That's not really a problem since its chilling in the computer nook where the many LEDs don't bother anyone trying to sleep.
Their documentation seems to be really geared towards Windows, which is odd considering how many people use Raspberry Pi or Linux on old/cheap desktops to run home automation software. Deducting a star because that Linux documentation would really have helped on the initial setup.