I’m having a little bit of trouble with direct association between several GE z-wave plus switches (14291) and one GE z-wave plus outdoor outlet. I have 5 different lighting circuits for the backyard, and I want them all to come on together when one of the main switches is turned on/off. I have been using the classic Smartthings Smart Lighting app for the past several months with mixed results. I had it set to turn the other switches on or off based on one main switch (did not try the Mirror feature). Typically, when the switch is toggled, the other lights start coming on at slightly different times, from 1-5 seconds. Occasionally one or more of the circuits just doesn’t respond at all, until it’s turned off and back on. A few times, it’s gotten itself into a loop where they switches don’t seem to know which state they are in and start cycling on and off without end. Definitely not consistent, and does not quite meet the wife approval factor.
The main switch I’m trying to use is located inside, in the center of the house. There are two more inside, one at the front of the house one at the back. The other two are outside at a patio/kitchen area.
So in order to try and make it more consistent and quicker, I set them all up under a direct association to the main switch. Using the Z-Wave tweaker, I set them all up under group 2 to be associated to the central switch. Now, when I turn that switch on…all the lights come on together - perfect! Except…it’s on a very repeatable 5 second delay. From reading the FAQ, it looks like the direct association ignores the mesh network (There are many other items on my z-wave network), and only does 1 hop. Is that my problem? Is the distance between rooms possibly too great? Is there anything I can do about the 5 second delay? I suppose this is better than what I had with the smart lighting app, but it sure isn’t very quick about it.