Can I use the Z-Wave Duwi Remote Control with VERA and Home Center controllers?

QuestionZ-Wave Duwi Remote Control

Can I use the Z-Wave Duwi Remote Control with Vera Lite / Vera 3 and HC2 / HC-Lite Z-Wave controllers?

Answer

Yes, the Duwi Remote Control makes a really useful addition to a VERA or HC based Z-wave network.

It has seven "Group" buttons that can each control groups of Z-Wave devices on / off / dim and three "Scene" buttons that can control groups of Z-Wave devices by setting them to previously remembered states.

There's also an "All On / All Off" button for devices that support this.

Solution

The Z-Wave Duwi Remote Control (hereafter referred to as "R/C") was originally intended to be used as a stand-alone Z-Wave controller or within a Duwi based Z-Wave system.

After we carried out extensive testing, we have found that it works very well as a Remote Control with a VERA or HC based Z-Wave system.


Inclusion

To add the R/C to your Z-Wave network, place your Z-Wave controller into inclusion mode and then press the "Incl." button under the battery compartment cover for approximately 2 seconds.

The R/C will now be added to your Z-Wave network as a "Secondary Controller".


Association - Groups

The R/C controls your Z-Wave devices using "Association". To add a device to one of the button groups simply triple-click one of the buttons (on or off) and then confirm the Association on the device that you wish to control. Usually this is by a single or triple click combination - refer to the device manual for details on how to do this. Multiple devices can be added to each button group allowing each button to control many devices.

Once the device is Associated successfully, it can be controlled by the R/C as follows:

  • "On" button - short press: turns on the device(s).
  • "On" button - long press and hold: dims up the device(s).
  • "Off" button - short press: turns off the device(s).
  • "Off" button - long press and hold: dims down the device(s).
  • "Status" button - requests the status of each device controlled by the button group. The LED at the top of the remote lights up according to the state - Blue indicates "On", Red indicates "Off" and blinking indicates that devices in the button group have different states.

Association - Scenes

Multiple devices can also be added to the "Scenes" buttons on the R/C in the same fashion as described above. The difference with the Scene buttons is that they will remember the current state of each of the devices added.

For example, one lamp could be set to 100% level, another lamp could be set to 50% level and a socket controlling the TV could be set to On. When these devices are added to a Scene button their current state is also stored and when the Scene button is then turned On at a later time, the previously remembered state of each device is restored.

This makes a very convenient way of having a locally configured and controlled Scene - it could for example be used to dim the lights, turn on the TV and turn off the telephone, all at the press of a single button on the R/C. Since the devices are all controlled directly by Association, there won't be the delay or lag that is sometimes experienced when executing a Scene from the Z-Wave controller!


Important Notes

There are a number of things to be aware of when using the R/C in this configuration.

  • The R/C only has limited operations available as a Secondary Controller - it can't for example be used to include or exclude devices to your Z-Wave network.
  • If you already used the R/C as a Primary Controller, you must re-set it and any devices including in its' Z-Wave network prior to adding it as a Secondary Controller to a different Z-Wave network.
  • All configuration of the R/C takes place on the R/C itself - you must add the devices you wish to control using the steps described above, it is not possible to Associate devices to the R/C from the Z-Wave controller.
  • Since the R/C uses Association to control the devices, the UI in Z-Wave controller will in most cases not update the status of the device straight away.
  • After initially adding the R/C to your Z-Wave network, the Z-Wave controller may attempt to configure the device. This may fail due to the R/C not having any configurable options and the UI may show a "failed to send configuration", "waiting for wakeup", or "not configured" error. This is purely cosmetic and does not prevent the R/C from working correctly.
  • The R/C will have all knowledge of the devices that existed in your Z-Wave network prior to it's inclusion. Devices that are added after the R/C was included may not be recognised until the R/C is manually updated. To do this, simply "Include" the R/C again (do not "Exclude" it first, otherwise you will delete any previously stored Associations and Settings). Re-including the R/C will refresh the information and add any missing devices.
  • The R/C can't act as a "Scene Controller", in that it can't trigger or run Scenes in another Z-Wave Controller. The only Scenes supported are those that can be programmed on the R/C itself as mentioned above.
  • The R/C is based on an older Z-Wave generation chip and may not support newer devices, in particular those that are "multi-channel" such as dual channel relays like the Fibaro FGS-222 or Fibaro FGS-221.

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Updated: 12/06/2015