Yale lock a distance away - design flaw with Smarthings Hub

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(Dor Juravski) #1

The decision to NOT give the hub Wifi connectivity is detrimental. I am trying to pair a Yale z-wave lever lock, which is a distance away from the hub. Should be ok with the z-wave network in my house, but the pairing may or may not require the hub to move around and be close.

But the hub is connected with a wired cable to my network, and I must keep it connected. I cannot move it close enough to where the lock is. This is a major design flaw in my book.

The instructions say “bring the lock to the hub”. Seriously ?


(www.smartukhome.co.uk) #2

I never moved my hub and I have connected 3 locks all connected first time. I had the battery issue which yale sent me out a updated module for free and after 2 days seems okay. I don’t understand people having difficulty getting a yale lock to join, you have to press the button 3 times in 1.5 seconds I find using a screw driver to poke the button easier than trying to use a finger.


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #3

Agreed. That’s why I pair the locks before installation in the doors.

But the rumor is that Hub V3 has WiFi connectivity for the internet (the wifi chip is in the FCC certification).


#4

I don’t know if this will help in your particular case, but an old field engineer trick is to borrow a Wi-Fi access point That also has an ethernet port for a couple of days from someone else, plug it in close to your lock, and then plug the hub into that for the lock pairing.

I’m not saying there isn’t a design flaw, it’s one that people have been talking about since SmartThings first came on the market. Just wanted to mention the access point option as a way to move forward if you do get stuck.

This is a typical one, but there are many different brands and models. Some are called “range extenders“. Just make sure that the one you get/borrow has an ethernet port on the side.


#5

Since the lock is battery powered, wouldn’t it be easier to bring the lock to the hub for pairing rather than bringing the hub to the lock?


(Dor Juravski) #6

The lock is installed inside the door. The hub is nowhere near that area, but z-wave network should work, there is a fire alarm (z-wave) 10 feet from the lock.
Please do not mention moving the lock, doesn’t make you look good.

As for borrowing an acces point - sounds like it may work, but I am leaving on vacation tomorrow, and was hoping to sort this before I leave.


(Mark) #7

Or a (very) long Ethernet cord?


#8

You cannot pair through a repeater. It has to pair directly to the hub.


(Dor Juravski) #9

That’s what I just found, my old RJ45 was long enough and pairing was successful.
Only problem now is that lock/unlock actions don’t take place, but that’s unrelated to this thread. I’ll research.

Thank you all for the good advice!


#10

You may need to do a z-wave repair once you move the hub back.


(Dor Juravski) #11

zwave repair?


#12

Follow these steps:


(Dor Juravski) #13

Thank you !
I tried that and received the following output. Any suggestions appreciated, note that there is a connected z-wave smoke alarm a few feet away from the kitchen door, which connected successfully:

Z-Wave network repair started
Network repair for Kitchen Door Lock [06]:
Failed to update route
Z-Wave network repair finished