I moved into a new house this summer, and have been working hard to get my system all set up properly, adding new things to it, etc. I have been having a ton of issues with my Z-wave devices, and I’m hoping I can get some advice here on how to proceed.
Before I dive in, please know that I have scoured the forums here and the internet elsewhere trying to find advice that will help me. Some of that information has been helpful, and some not so much, but I am past the point of generic answers and need some specific recommendations for my personal setup and issues.
My workshop/garage is detached from my house and set back 50 feet from my back door. I have a Z-wave Range Extender in the kitchen, 4 feet from the back door and in visible range of the back of the workshop. I have another Z-wave range extender in the workshop window facing the house.
The door leading into the workshop has a Schlage Connect Z-wave deadbolt on it, actually the one that I had on my front door at my old house. This is where we run into the first set of issues. The lock runs out of battery power about once every 4-6 weeks. My new Schlage Zigbee locks in the house don’t have this issue. I read that this was probably due to the lock being too far away from the network, thus the additional range extender I added in the Workshop window.
The Lock also has some issues staying connected to the network. It will randomly become unavailable, and I don’t have any clue why.
In an effort to provide more Z-wave support, and to try to do some more automation in the garage, I replaced the in-wall light switch with a GE Z-wave switch in the workshop. This switch is literally within 3 feet of the lock and 2 feet of the window range extender.
After doing that install, I connected the switch to SmartThings, and tried to set up some automation. I also ran multiple a Z-wave repairs to try to get the best route set up. That was last weekend.
Not long after doing the repair, the switch decided not to connect to the system any more. When I look at the device list in my IDE the device shows as offline. The switch itself still works, it just does not want to connect.
I have been wondering if the issues are due to the long distance between the house and the workshop, so I just bought ANOTHER range extender and placed it in the yard halfway between the two points (hiding next to a lavender bush in a plastic waterproof box… we’ll see if my wife notices it or the extension cable I ran).
I just ran the Z-wave network repair again, and here is what I see (reverse order):
- Z-Wave network repair finished
- Network repair for Workshop Door [0D]: Failed to update route
- Range Extender - Back Yard rejoined
- Network repair for Workshop Lights [0E]: Failed to update mesh info
- Workshop Lights rejoined
- Range Extender - Kitchen rejoined
- Range extender - Workshop rejoined
- Z-Wave network repair started
So, what I see here is that 1) Light switch is actually part of the network, despite being unavailable. 2) The Lights can’t update the mesh info (which the post about Z-wave everyone here points to does not actually explain), 3) My workshop door lock is not able to update the route (a bad thing, apparently).
Okay this is where we come down to the questions, which I hope some of you amazing people can help me answer.
Am I doing something wrong here? Is there something I should be doing differently about this setup?
What is the best approach to fixing these issues? Should I remove all of these things from SmartThings and add them back in one at a time? Is that something that would actually work? If I do that, should I do it in some specific order or over some specific range of time?
Is this a lost cause? Is Z-wave really this bad?
Thank you in advance for any and all assistance you can give me.