I’ve dug all through this forum and I see this topic come up periodically, but it gets lost in the noise. I’d love to see a direct answer. As I understand it, Z-Wave secondary controllers (e.g. handheld remotes and wall-mounted keypads) can send out a message to activate a scene, which can trigger the primary controller to do things. If I’ve got that right, it’s the solution to many woes: an inexpensive Z-Wave keypad can be a hello/goodbye button by the front door, or you can freely mix and match Z-Wave, Zigbee, and IP switches, or if you’re using those damnable Jasco keypads (by far the least expensive, battery-operated, wall-mounted keypad), not be troubled by the “node IDs above 32” limitation… and best of all, you don’t need to walk all of your controllers around to every device in the house to associate groups.
http://wiki.micasaverde.com/index.php/GE_Advanced_Remote_45601 is an example of doing this with a competing product, from what I can tell. All we need is the ability to use a scene activation to trigger a mode or action, and we’d be off to the races.
Can a Z-Wave engineer explain whether this is correct? And if it is, what are the chances of seeing it show up in SmartThings? It seems like it would open up infinite possibilities.