I thought I’d let others know an experience I just went through with an exterior pool light switch.
I have over 30 Zwave Plus wall switches through my home and 1 in my detached garage. All of these switches are within 10 feet of one another. They all work great with occasional issues only in the detached garage. The detached garage is 8 feet away from the house with a switch next to the sliding glass door leading out to the detached garage. The switch in the detached garage is right next to the door (interior).
I installed another Zwave Plus switch to control my pool Lights. It is in a metal exterior box right outside the opposite wall of the detached garage.
The pool light switch would not work until I installed a Zwave plug with repeater inside the garage between the garage switch and the pool light switch (also did Zwave repair). It worked, but was inconsistent and very slow responding.
I have a few Sylvania smart plugs throughout my house that have the fastest response time out of any other device. They have been the most reliable. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if a Zigbee switch would be better for the outdoor pool light. I purchased a GE Zigbee wall switch and installed.
It works flawlessly in that metal box and the response time is lightning speed just like the plugs. No issues whatsoever. And that is without any Zigbee repeaters in the garage and only a few plugs inside the house.
It seems very strange considering how many Zwave switches I have all over my house and in the garage. From my understanding, Zwave is supposed to be a longer range than Zigbee. In my experience, this is absolutely not true.
Makes me wonder if I should have gone with all Zigbee wall switches instead of the Zwave.