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How To Configure SmartThings as Primary ZWave Controller
#1
Attached are the detailed steps required to use the SmartThings hub (v2 in my case) as a primary ZWave controller and the Leviton VRC0P as a secondary controller which is then interfaced with CQC.

jkmonroe did most of the leg work to figure out the detailed technical how to. The attached document is the culmination of his initial discovery work, a google+ hangout with me, jkmonroe, and ivb and then me writing down the steps I took to add devices to my system.

Hardware:

- SmartThings Hub
- Leviton VRC0P+2 (newest model currently available)
- ZWave devices

Software:

- SmartThings client app on your favorite smart device (not required)
- SmartThings web sites
- CQC

Let's use this thread to further the conversation as new learnings come up and/or if you have any questions.

-Ben


Attached Files
.zip   SmartThings VRC0P.zip (Size: 13.05 KB / Downloads: 57)
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#2
Has anyone in the UK/EU figured out how to interface Smartthings with CQC?
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#3
Ben, I'm thinking about adding a Smartthings controller. Is this still the state of the art for accessing via CQC? I see Dean is working on a Z-Wave driver. Would that eliminate the need for this solution?

Cheers, Richard
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#4
He's using ST as a master controller. You always need a master. You need a master controller to handle adding/removing units on the Z-Wave network, and some other plumbing functionality. There are other options as well, such as the Leviton Vizia RF software based one, though some folks don't like it.

Our drivers (upcoming one included) work via a secondary controller, so it's a separate unit on the Z-Wave network from the master. I use the Vizia software, but I'm just using it for development purposes, not in a real system.
Dean Roddey
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#5
What Dean said. ST is my master controller and I've been very happy with the reliability and like ability to add new devices and then tweak device drivers when needed.
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#6
Hi,

Here's what I posted elsewhere:
"
I am trying to find a replacement for the Leviton installer stick as the primary controller. I am aware of the work done with the Smarthings hub.
My questions are:

a. Is the smartthing hub still the "best "alternative to the Leviton installer USB, or there is something better on the market ?

b. How well the smartthings hub transfer secure devices to VRC0P, such as locks ? Maybe not at all ? This is critical to me because the primary motivation to have something else other than the leviton installer is ability to manage lock user codes. Right now, I connect to the vrc0p serial port and do it from there which is pretty silly.

I wish I could abandon vrc0p but cannot due to elk that manages locks.
"
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#7
a. I can't speak to whether ST is still the "best" alternative, it's what I'm using and it works. I have little desire to mess with something that works, especially with how big of a PITA Z-Wave is to begin with.

b. ST handles secure devices just fine, if it has a device handler then it will pass it through to the VRC0P. The 2nd part to this is whether there is a device config in CQC.  If not, Dean will build on.

I manage lock user codes through the ST Hub using a 3rd party app from RBoy that is excellent! Lock App manifests itself in the ST app on the smartphone. I'm using both gen 1 and Gen 2 Yale locks.
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(11-15-2018, 03:35 PM)batwater Wrote: I'm using both gen 1 and Gen 2 Yale locks.

Thank you for your kind response.

When I wrote "better", I meant specifically a controller not requiring a cloud connection, but if ST can do lock management, I can live with it.

I've tried many times to transfer a network configuration from a Leviton USB installer to a Aeon G5 zstick, but never succeeded in transferring locks. They always transfer as unsecured devices.  All other devices are copied ok and work. I did not try configuring the locks in the Aeon stick and transferring to vrc0p for fear to break the fragile Zwave functionality. 

I ordered a Sigma ACC-UZB3-U-STA  (USB static controller) as my last attempt to copy locks from the Leviton USB.  If that does not work, I'll get an ST and rebuild the network.
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#9
We use an Aeon Z-Stick Gen 5 in our latest driver, and have no problem transferring locks (or any other secure devices) from the Vizia RF controller, and they do show as secure devices after the transfer to our driver.
Dean Roddey
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(Yesterday, 07:08 AM)vc1234 Wrote:
(11-15-2018, 03:35 PM)batwater Wrote: I'm using both gen 1 and Gen 2 Yale locks.

Thank you for your kind response.

When I wrote "better", I meant specifically a controller not requiring a cloud connection, but if ST can do lock management, I can live with it.

I've tried many times to transfer a network configuration from a Leviton USB installer to a Aeon G5 zstick, but never succeeded in transferring locks. They always transfer as unsecured devices.  All other devices are copied ok and work. I did not try configuring the locks in the Aeon stick and transferring to vrc0p for fear to break the fragile Zwave functionality. 

I ordered a Sigma ACC-UZB3-U-STA  (USB static controller) as my last attempt to copy locks from the Leviton USB.  If that does not work, I'll get an ST and rebuild the network.

You are welcome! I do need to mention that my experience is with a Gen 2 ST Hub.  I cannot speak to the Gen 3, from what little reading about it I've done I believe they have limited it more locally and you are more dependent on the cloud.  Something you might want to further research.
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