OpenZWave (beta) for Home Assistant

New OpenZWave (beta) for Home Assistant

If you’re a Z-Wave user and been following the latest Home Assistant news, you might have noticed a new “OpenZWave (beta)” integration that keeps getting mentioned. This Home Assistant integration aims to improve the Z-Wave experience within Home Assistant by controlling your Z-Wave network over MQTT. In today’s article I’m going to be discussing how … [Read more…]

Aeotec Z-Wave Mulit-Color Bulb Review

Aeotec Z-Wave ZWA002 LED Bulbs Review (with automated Holiday Colors)

Personally, I’m a big fan of always using smart switches instead of smart bulbs to automate my home. However, there are times when adding multi-color lights adds something to your smart home. I wanted to have my porch lights routinely go on every night and also change colors during the holidays. I’ve already got a … [Read more…]

Aeotec ZW162 Review

Aeotec ZW162 Z-Wave Doorbell Review

I was in search of a doorbell I could integrate into my Home Automation system that didn’t rely on the cloud. Video was not important to me, I’m already using dedicated PoE cameras for video surveillance at my home. I’ve got a good amount of Z-Wave devices in my Home Automation setup, so the Aeotec … [Read more…]

Home Assistant Z-Wave Tips and Trick

Home Assistant Z-Wave Tips and Tricks

Z-Wave is a wireless communications protocol used primarily for Home Automation. It can be a bit harder to work with compared to some other protocols we see daily like WiFi and Bluetooth. Ever since I got my USB Z-Wave gateway and first dimmer switch, I’ve been interested in Z-Wave and see the benefits of a completely local mesh network for Home Automation communication. I’ve assembled a few tips and tricks that can help improve your Z-Wave experience using Home Assistant.

Some of these will work with other Home Automation platforms, but these are what I use for Home Assistant.

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Zooz ZSE29 Outdoor Motion Sensor

Zooz ZSE29 Z-Wave Outdoor Motion Sensor Review

I recently wanted to overhaul my outdoor lighting. I wanted for all my outdoor lighting to be dimmed around dusk, so that my house was accented but not be too bright. But if any motion happened around the house, I wanted all the lights to go full brightness for some added security. Last week I reviewed the ZEN22 dimmer switch that can control lighting. This week I’ve got the Zooz ZSE29 Z-Wave Outdoor Motion Sensor to sense when motion occurs around my property.

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Zooz ZEN22 Z-Wave Dimmer Switch

Zooz ZEN22 Z-Wave Dimmer Switch Review

If you’re just getting into smart home tech, lighting is a great place to get your feet wet. If you’re looking to start investing in Z-Wave for your lighting setup, the Zooz ZEN22 Z-Wave Dimmer Switch could be your answer. I replaced a switch in my garage to the ZEN22 to automate my outdoor lighting at night. In today’s review, I look at the features of the switch, installation process, and integration with Home Assistant. The ZEN22 switch is available at Amazon and The Smartest House.

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