|Manufacturer||Aeon Labs LLC|
|Item Weight||0.64 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||1.1 x 0.4 x 3.5 inches|
|Item model number||ZW090|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Power Source||Battery powered|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Usage||Indoor use only|
|Included Components||Z Stick Gen5|
|Battery Cell Type||Lithium|
|Warranty Description||1 year warranty against manufacturer defects|
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Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 Z-Wave Hub Z-Wave Plus USB to Create Gateway (Ordinary White)
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- Works with Windows / Mac / Linux / Raspberry Pi 4 (2020 upgrade) to create a zwave hub for control of Z-Wave plus and Zwave devices, Tiny but powerful
- 1.1 x 0.4 x 3.5 inches in size and capable of controlling up to 232 different Z-Wave devices. package: 1x Z-Stick Gen5, 1x Manual, the others are not included
- Can be used to upgrade the firmware of compatible Z-Wave Plus devices that can accept OTA / wirelss firmware upgrades
- Compatible with Z-Wave enabled, home automation software including Home Assistant, Home Seer, Indigo 7, OpenHab, and OpenHab2. No software included
- Z-Wave Plus certified. Certification number: ZC10-15060006
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Your gateway to building your own Z-Wave gateway.
Perfect Wireless Range
Z-Stick Gen5 can communicate with other Z-Wave devices up to 150 metres / 492 feet away.
Perfect Wireless Range
Start to customize your personal Z-Wave network with the Z-Stick Gen5.
Z-Stick Gen5 lets you build your own gateway. A gateway that is locally hosted. A gateway that is cloud free. One with the features and security your home need. And one that can communicate with over 230 Z-Wave devices that come from different Z-Wave brands as you gradually expand your smart home.
Make your computer the heart of your Z-Wave network.
Aeotec’s Z-Stick packs all the tools you need to create and manage a Z-Wave network all within one USB stick. Use the Z-Stick to create your Z-Wave network, use it to add up to 232 Z-Wave devices, and then use it to control them.
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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.
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Avoid if you are trying to deploy with Raspberry Pi. Better yet, avoid for any implementation until Aeotec addresses the issues.
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.
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.
+ 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
- None so far!
In terms of how this device does its job? Fantastic. I prefer to leave it plugged into the PC when I include devices but I really like that if I wanted I can take it around to the devices and include/exclude them remotely. The latency from the node (motion sensor, door switch, siren) to the USB stick is very minimal. Any perceived lag may be introduced by the software you're using to control the device.
Physically the device is built well and feels solid. It does protrude from the port quite a bit but it's located in a rear USB port so it presents no issues.
This has no bearing in my score for the device but I want to say I'm using Domocitz (free/open source) to manage my Z-Wave network. Please look into how you're going to manage your network and try multiple software before coming to the conclusion this device is to blame.
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99% of the time you will have this device plugged into your home automation controller. When plugged into a HA controller, the USB stick runs in API mode, advertises itself as a serial port, and your HA software can send/receive z-wave frames to your home network.
But in addition to that, this device has a cool feature that can be useful. Some devices require very close proximity for inclusion/exclusion to work. So when you need that, you unplug this stick. Inside the USB stick is a tiny battery (that is why it's so huge). If you tap the button quickly, then the USB stick is in "inclusion mode". Bring it close to your z-wave device and do whatever you need to do for "inclusion" (generally toggle the power on/off, etc...). If it succeeded, the light on the USB stick will go solid for 3 seconds. Rinse and repeat if you need.
For exclusion, unplug the z-waev stick and instead of tapping the button, press it for 3 seconds. The light stop blinking slowly and will blink fast. Now you can exclude your devices. Again, do whatever you have to on your switch/plug/etc... to exclude. The light on the stick will go solid for 3 seconds to indicate exclusion worked.
This may not seem like a big deal, but it's actually quite useful. Because of these challenges, the VeraEdge controller would ship with a giant battery you plug into the controller to bring it closer to the device for inclusion/exclusion. Unplugging a smaller stick like this is far more user friendly.
- Works great
- Has battery, button, and LED for inclusion / exclusion when unplugged from the HA controller
- Kind of big
- Not exactly cheap, but you only need one
Even managed to use it plugged into a proxmox host, with the device passed to the virtual machine without issues.
I use it in conjunction with OpenHAB software to automate devices in my home. The one issue that I have had is that the device runs off one of my servers that runs 24/7 and the odd time the server goes down due to a power outage or a required restart the zstick will lose connection to all devices that it is connected to for a short period of time. It seemed to reset its connections after a few hours. I am not sure whether this was an issue with my software or the stick, but i suspect the latter. Otherwise it has been operating perfectly