Thanks for the kind words. There are a lot of great people in the community, I only stand out because I’m interested in stuff like network protocols that most people could care less about.
I’m tired today, so I’m not going to give an in-depth response right now. I did just want to say that it’s hard to beat the Sensative strips for aesthetics. They have a patented case that makes them thinner than anything else so they fit between the door and frame, and they are paintable so they can be almost invisible.
It’s just that they’re expensive. The smartest house often has a bundle deal with a motion sensor which makes the price much better if you have a use for the sensor:
You can mix and Match zwave classic and zwave plus at any point Along a message path, they are fully compatible. It’s just that each individual zwave plus device will have longer range in reaching the next device, whether the next device is zwave plus or zwave classic.
As for migration to V2, it’s still requires rebuilding everything from scratch.
Your current V1 hub might be either Z wave classic or Z wave plus, depending on how old it is. By mid 2015, most of the V1 hubs being manufactured were also using a zwave plus chip.
Also, I know you already know this, but for anyone else finding this thread later, see the repeater article in the community – created wiki for more information on repeaters.