|Item Weight||4.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.4 x 3.4 x 1.9 inches|
|Item model number||zb.zweu.g|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
ZIPABOX by Zipato Smart House Zwave Controller zb.zwus
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Control your entire home with the Zipato Zipabox! As the main controller for the Zipato automation and security system, the Zipabox serves as a gateway between the Internet and your home control devices (sold separately). It supports a variety of technologies through simple, modular customization. The Zipabox receives programming information from the Zipato web portal through your Internet router, and uses wireless signals, such as Z-Wave, to communicate with devices. Once programming is sent from the cloud to the Zipabox, settings are stored locally, so an Internet connection is not required to operate connected devices. The Zipabox has built-in Z-Wave technology, and can be expanded to support other communication protocols, such as ZigBee, KNX, ONVIF, UPnP, DLNA, and more. As a modular controller, the Zipabox is easily customized with snap-on modules. The Zipabox includes free access to the Zipato web portal, where you will login online to configure devices, monitor security, and review energy consumption of metered devices. You'll be able to setup multiple users with different access rights, review home event history, set up email and text alerts, and add devices. Through the portal, you can access the Zipato Rule Creator, an online programming tool that lets you add devices or change rule settings. Rules trigger events when other events occur. You can develop rules with the Rule Creator's library of drag/drop blocks, which can be mixed and matched to create control sequences. The Zipabox plugs into a power outlet, and connects to your Internet router with the included Ethernet cable. It can be placed on a tabletop, mounted to a wall with screws, or snapped onto a DIN rail with fitters. For a small monthly fee, you can receive monitoring and alerts from the Zipato Home Monitoring Servers. CONTENTS: Zipabox, Power Adapter, Ethernet Cable, Z-Wave Antenna, User Guide. NOTE: Requires an Internet router, sold separately. Mounting hardware not included
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I purchased a valve controller:
Zooz Z-Wave Plus Gas/Water Valve Control ZAC03
And water sensors:
Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Water Sensor (DSB45-ZWUS)
This is the third Z-Wave hub I've tried, and the only one that was capable of accomplishing this.
First, I tried the Wink. The app felt polished and easy to use. Pairing was easy. However, my valve controller showed up as a "unknown device", and I was unable to create a rule to connect the water sensor to the "unknown device". Contacted customer service, no dice. Seems to be a known issue after some web searching.
Second, I tried the Vera Plus. The UI was horrendous and extremely buggy. As soon as I logged in, the UI was giving errors about it's inability to start the Zigbee network. It seemed to keep restarting the Z-Wave network. I was unable to pair the valve controller at all.
Third, I tried the Zipabox. Pairing both devices was very easy. However, it took me about an hour to puzzle through the UI and get past a few bugs to create a rule that shuts off the water when the water sensor detects a leak. I hit a bug where my newly paired devices were not showing up in the devices tab of the rule creator. I found a post on the net that suggested I clear my browser cache. Miraculously, that worked and my devices showed up. Then I created the rule successfully, but it still didn't work. Then, I found a refresh icon button on the right side of the UI with a tooltip like "Synchronize Rules with Controller". After pressing that, the rule was actually active and working. So, the web UI is a little quirky, but honestly, this is the only controller that could actually connect to both my sensor and my valve controller, and automate them, and for that, it deserves 5 stars.
Although the web UI is a bit intimidating at first, once you learn it's quirks and explore it for a while, it grows on you. It's pretty feature-packed-- it has graphs of your sensor output, for example. It exposes a lot of the system to you, which is great if you've had trouble with the other hubs, which keep things simple, but don't give you anything to try if something's not working (Wink).
I also tried out the iOS app-- that UI is actually pretty great. It's like a simplified version of the web UI.