I have around 50 Zwave and Zigbee devices around my home. Many of them are ST branded, most of them are GE paddle switches, but I have more than a few levitons.
The wired devices (switches and plug-in relays) work well, seldom dropping off the network. Occasionally something drops off and I can’t get it back on with a power cycle, so I rebuild the mesh and this is OK.
However, I have a shop, it’s out back and nestled under a bedroom. The bedroom has three wired ZWave switches in it, two at the door and one across the room. These always work. I also have SIX battery ZWave shades, and these work 99% of the time. So I know there is good signal in that room… but I just brought in an AEON zwave device and it won’t work in there, even if I rebuild the mesh.
Below that room is the shop, and I have complete non-reliability down there. There are FOUR ZWave hard wired GE switches down there, that work most of the time. I can’t seem to get the non-wired AEON battery ZWave contact sensor to work down there. I have one of those IRIS keypads that was working 100% of the time until recently.
Nothing has changed with the position of devices, except suddenly none of the shop devices are working. The wired ZWave switches are literally 7 above through the floor, but now won’t work.
I will install repeating devices if I need to. I can install a second hub on a network line if I need to. But the reliability is SHIT and I can’t handle this anymore. I rely on these for automation and security, and I am about to abandon ST- not necessarily because I blame it for the bad network, but because I can’t seem to debug any of this.
I bought an AEOTEC ZStick 5 and installed the tools, but I can’t find info on how to use them to debug the system.
I don’t think anyone is going to be able to help me out here, so if you can point me to an Advanced Zwave info site, or send me down the right road, I would appreciate it.
(I am also at the end of my rope with ST-branded sensors; I literally replaced a 2450 battery in one motion sensor 6 weeks ago and it’s sending me alerts that the battery is low… and they drop off and require hard resets constantly. If anyone can suggest RELIABLE zigbee or ZWave sensors, I would appreciate that).