About 2 months ago we had a lightning storm that hit an external ethernet cable (PoE camera out off my garden shed) that came in and fried a ton of devices connected to ethernet; the PoE switches, the switch itself for the network, my camera NVR, most (if not all) of the cameras, TV’s and several computers. The real hard hit was my old V2 hub that I’ve had running since 2015, which I had about ~65 devices tied to. Insurance of course is helping pay for it but they won’t pay out until I have everything replaced (or, at least purchased.)
It also got 4 out of the 5 Samsung WiFi mesh hubs I had at the house, which also can function as a SmartThings hub. My plan is to use the remaining functional WiFi mesh hub to replace it and was going well as this morning I managed to add both of our nightstand Cree lights (zigbee) as well as our old Aeotec remotes (zwave) with zero problems - I thought I was well on my way to rebuilding my system and figured both protocols were working fine.
Then I tried some of the GE/Jasco zwave smart switches I have. They’re older (2016 era) and so far I have been completely unable to reset them. I’ve tried both methods described in the YT video (disconnect, reconnect, tap top button 10 times rapidly OR tap top button 3 times rapidly then bottom button 3 times rapidly) to no effect.
I tried my Eotec zwave door sensor as well to no effect, the instructions say to put it in exclusion mode is the same procedure as inclusion mode (remove battery, wait 5+ seconds, reinstall battery and close cover.) Can’t find it, even though I’m ~4 feet from the hub with nothing in between but air.
Of course, I now have no way of excluding my devices through the app as the hub has no way to communicate; so I can’t just run an exclusion and then include them on my “new” hub. Seems to be a colossal oversight on the designers of the protocol.
Does anyone have any thoughts before I have to buy new devices? I really don’t want to and am really disappointed at the lack of backup/restore capabilities of the system, much less the ability to completely reset devices. Just the switches alone are going to cost me $300, then there’s the door/window sensors I have around the house, bulbs, garage sensors, Schlage locks, MIMO devices for my gates… the list goes on. It’s going to take me a while and I’m damn well going to make the insurance pay for it, too.
I will say one of the GE/Jasco switches is definitely fried, but I had a replacement sitting in the wings so there’s that at least. Still, I’m just baffled that you can’t reset these things in a reasonably easy procedure.
Any ideas on how to get some of these devices to reset so I can get them on the new hub?