If anyone is interested in a simple Z-Wave range tester, check out the Fibaro Motion
Sensor which has a range test mode:
I haven’t tried it myself yet but figured it may help others.
Here are the directions:
The Fibaro Motion Sensor has a built in Z-Wave network main
controller’s range tester. Follow the below instructions to test the
main controller’s range:
- Press and hold the B-button for 2 to 4 seconds until the LED glows
- Release the B-button.
- Press the B-button again, briefly.
- LED will indicate the Z-Wave network’s range (range signaling
modes described below).
- To exit Z-Wave range test, press the B-button breifly.
Z-Wave range tester signaling modes:
LED indicator pulsing green - Fibaro Motion Sensor attempts to
extablish a direct communication with the main controller. If a direct
communication attempt fails, sensor will try to establish a routed
communication, through other modules, which will be signaled by
LED indicator pulsing yellow.
LED indicator glowing green - Fibaro Motion Sensor communicates
with the main controller directly.
LED indicator pulsing yellow - Fibaro Motion Sensor tries to
establish a routed communication with the main controller through
other modules (repeaters).
LED indicator glowing yellow - Fibaro Motion Sensor communicates
with the main controller through the other modules. After 2
seconds the sensor will retry to establish a direct communication
with the main controller, which will be signaled with LED blinking in
LED indicator pulsing violet - Fibaro Motion Sensor does
communicate at the maximum distance of the Z-Wave network. If
connection proves successful it will be confirmed with a yellow glow.
It’s not recommended to use the sensor at the range limit.
LED indicator glowing red - Fibaro Motion Sensor is not able to
connect to the main controller directly or through another Z-Wave
network device (repeater)