What is the purpose for a Aeotec by Aeon Labs ZW090 Z Stick?

What is the exact purpose for the Aeotec by Aeon Labs ZW090 Z Stick is it something we need in our toolbag?

It’s a Z wave controller. You have to plug it into a laptop to operate it. One of the competitors to SmartThings is the indigo system, which is software that you run on a laptop and then it uses the radio in the Aeon zstick to communicate with Z wave devices. There are other similar software systems that rely on the Z stick to provide the radio.

So essentially as a SmartThings user you already have the equivalent of the zstick inside the smartthings hub. You don’t need both.

It is possible to add a z stick as a secondary controller to SmartThings. Some community members have done that because SmartThings doesn’t give us any network mapping utilities at all. If you add a zstick as a secondary to your SmartThings network, you can then use the zensys mapping tools with Z stick and get a map of your SmartThings zwave network.

So it’s not likely that you would use the stick for any functional purpose with a SmartThings network, but you might use it for troubleshooting.

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Thank you for the great answer, I do like the idea of mapping the network, but not the cost.