Ecolink Z-Wave PIR Motion Detector: Will it Work with UK Hub?


(Scott Finlay) #1

I’ve mistakenly bought the 4 Ecolink Z-Wave outdoor PIR Motion Detector thinking it was compatible with the UK SmartThings hub. It isn’t. Can somebody please tell if there is anything I can buy to convert it so it triggers my outdoor lights via the hub?

Can you please speak in very simplistic layman terms as I’m new here and don’t have a clue.

My lights are lifx.

Thanks.


#2

Hi @ScottyF, unfortunately there’s nothing you can buy that coverts the frequency needed for your UK hub. Your best option would be to return/exchange the device if the seller will let you do that.


#3

Z wave uses different frequencies in different regions, primarily in order to prevent interference with local mobile phones and ambulance services communications. Indeed, in some countries it is illegal to use a Z wave device on another region’s frequency for just this reason.

Your own devices like sensors and light switches must exactly match the zwave frequency of your hub. This frequency cannot be changed after manufacture.

Some companies, such as Aeotec and Fibaro, Make their devices on both frequencies, so you have to be very careful to select the model which matches your own hub’s frequency. Other companies only manufacture for a particular region.

You can check the official zwave alliance product site to see both the frequencies and the products which have been certified for each region.

https://products.z-wavealliance.org

If you think of devices as falling into good/better/best categories, ecolink is a “good” brand. Everspring would be a comparable quality on the UK frequency. (But they also manufacture on the US frequency, so read product descriptions carefully.)

Vesternet has a good selection and very helpful technical support:

https://www.vesternet.com/smart-home/technologies/z-wave/sensors