I have a small wood garden shed that’s about 100 feet from my house. I’d like to have a contact sensor to monitor the door on the shed. Originally I had a ST Multi sensor on the door, which linked via a Zigbee outdoor floodlight bulb acting as a repeater (on the house roofline) to the hub. Recently I got rid of those bulbs since they were crappy GE Links that disconnected from the network regularly.
I replaced the Zigbee contact sensor in the shed with a Z-Wave Plus contact sensor from Ecolink, thinking that the 908 MHz band would be better for range than 2.4G Zigbee. No luck- too far away. So I got an Aeon Gen 6 Z-Wave plus range extender and put it in the shed. No luck, it can’t link back to the hub either. Also tried the range extender in an outdoor outlet on the house, but that doesn’t get the contact sensor in range either.
What are my options here? Are there any Z-Wave repeaters with bigger antennas that could help me out here?