OK, this is mixing together a bunch of different things. So let’s see if we can pull out one at a time and we can discuss those.
If I’m understanding correctly (and if I’m not, just let me know) your primary question here is can a Z wave Duwi remote control be used with smartthings in the same way as an Aeon minimote so that pressing a button on the Duwi will communicate directly to the hub and that could in turn could initiate any smart things controlled event, not just z wave devices.
If that’s the question, the answer is it just depends on what the Duwi remote does specifically when a button is pressed.
THREE DIFFERENT WAYS PUSHING A BUTTON ON A HANDHELD REMOTE CAN MAKE A LIGHT GO ON
If the remote communicates with other devices through Z wave Association, then you can include the hub in the Association group and it can capture that message and do something with it.
If it uses one of the newer is zwave command sets, “central scene,” then it doesn’t talk directly to the other end devices anyway – – when you press the button, it sends a scene number message to the hub, the hub Receives it, and does something with it. This is how the new Homeseer switches work.
However, many older handheld remotes worked as secondary controllers where they included a device directly to themselves and when there was a button push, the handheld remote itself sent a basic command to the included zwave device. The hub never knew anything about this communication. The other device had to be zwave and had to be within one hop of the remote at the time the button was pushed. These devices include the older GE handheld remote and the GE wall mount scene controller. These are the ones that people get confused about in a smartthings environment. You can get the handheld remote to work with some Z wave devices, but you won’t get status on them, and the hub is not aware of the commands been sent. In cases like this, the status on the hub only gets updated when the hub does its own independent polling of the light. It still has no idea that there was a button press on the remote.
Back to the Duwi Remote
So, to come back to the Duwi remote… If it uses Association, it can be set up just like a minimote or the enerwave SC7 (which is a seven button controller) as what smartthings cause a “button controller.” You will probably need custom code for it, but you are likely to be able to make it work.
But if it uses the method that the GE handheld remotes use, you’re out of luck. The only thing it can do in a smartthings environment is toggle on and off some Z wave devices that are in the same room with it. And when it does that the hub will not know that that communication took place, so the statuses get out of sync.
There are a whole bunch of other issues that have to do with the IDE and the simulator and yet another whole bunch of issues that have to do with secondary controllers, but if I’m reading your post correctly you’re not actually going to be interested in any of those. You just want to figure out whether it can work like a minimote.
Did I get it right, or did I miss something?