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Extender/Repeater Device Reconfigure?

(Bill Wolfe) #1

I added some new Z-wave battery operated open/close sensors to my network in the garage. They are not relaying a dependable status. Results are sporadic at best. I’m thinking there just isn’t enough signal out there for them.

I’ve decided to get a repeater/amplifier and install it. Will I need to exclude the existing sensors and add them back (by the repeater) for them to recognize/use it or will they automatically use it?

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(Jimmy) #2

first try installing the repeater and then run a z-wave repair

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#3

A Repeater will be a good idea. It’s helpful to note that pretty much any mains powered Z wave devices will act as a repeater, including a plug in socket, A plug-in motion sensor, a light switch, etc.

There’s no reason to buy a single purpose repeater – – they don’t do anything more than the other devices do. They were helpful back during the third generation of Z wave when not all devices transmitted at maximum power, but these days you might as well just get a dual purpose device and get more for your money that way.

http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=Repeaters

Once you put the repeater where you want it to be, just run the zwave repair utility and any other devices will begin using it in a day or so. It can take a little while for all of the address tables to update, so be patient. :sunglasses:

You might also find the following FAQ of interest. First read post 11 in that thread, then go back up to the top and read the whole thing. ( this is clickable link)

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(Bill Wolfe) #4

Thanks so much! I was actually wondering why I couldn’t replace the plug I am/was planning on using for the repeater. I appreciate you addressing and explaining the difference (or lack of in this case). I just assumed there had to be some advantage to an extender/repeater…

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#5

There was an advantage a few years ago, prior to 2014. But now the single purpose devices don’t do anything more than any other repeating device would do. :sunglasses:

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(Kirk Hilzinger) #6

Yes, but all repeaters are not alike, as I found out with the IRIS 3210L to try and repeat for a door lock.

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(Bill Wolfe) #7

Problem solved. I installed a plug (repeating device) in the garage and ran the Z-Wave Repair Tool. No more sporadic issues.

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