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    Which controller next

    I jumped into z-wave with the Zee S2. It's pretty darn good but obviously has some limitations.

    I'm looking for suggestions as to the next logical step. For example, can I add a z-net device and use the Zee built in HS3 software?

    I'm really not keen on buying both an expensive software package and a full blown controller such as the SEL which still needs a zstick or something along those lines.

    I'm open to all suggestions. THANKS!

    #2
    The Zee S2 is the only one that comes with the Z-Wave radio built in, so the other controllers would require a stick or Z-Net. I use the full HS3-Pro install on a Raspberry Pi2 with a Z-Net. I would recommend the SEL with a Z-Net, but it starts getting a little pricey at that point.
    HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
    68 Z-Wave Nodes, 175 Events, 359 Devices
    UPB modules via OMNI plugin/panel
    Plugins: Z-Wave, OMNI, HSTouch, weatherXML, EasyTrigger
    HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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      #3
      Here have the RPi2 - Zee2 and HS3 Pro running on a iSeries machine in Ubuntu.

      The DIY'd RPi2 has a GPIO Z-Wave card inside along with a PiFace shim which I added.

      Note I enjoy hardware tinkering here.

      I have repurposed the RPi2 as a remote Z-Wave device (Z-Net like but not Z-Net) (poe connected in the attic), 1-Wire temperature network, X10/UPB remote and running Jessie.

      I moved the Zee-2 HS3 lite over to an Xi3/Xi5a running Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit and test running HS3 lite on a Pine64 2Gb machine (running Ubuntu server 64 bit).

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      I went to using the HAI Z-Wave serial controller as my secondary - but it is sort of a primary talking to the same network as the HS3 box talks to.
      - Pete

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        #4
        Originally posted by rmasonjr View Post
        The Zee S2 is the only one that comes with the Z-Wave radio built in, so the other controllers would require a stick or Z-Net. I use the full HS3-Pro install on a Raspberry Pi2 with a Z-Net. I would recommend the SEL with a Z-Net, but it starts getting a little pricey at that point.
        So I can just add the z-net via the network so that the Zee will see it? If so, am I still limited to just five plugins? It seems I might be complicating what should be simple by having two controllers. Hmmm.

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          #5
          Originally posted by racerfern View Post
          So I can just add the z-net via the network so that the Zee will see it? If so, am I still limited to just five plugins? It seems I might be complicating what should be simple by having two controllers. Hmmm.
          You can, but that wouldnt help you much as the Zee S2 already has the Z-Wave radio and you will still be limited to 5 plugins.

          Think of the Z-Net as just a radio-only controller whereas the Zee S2 runs HS *and* has the radio built-in.
          HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
          68 Z-Wave Nodes, 175 Events, 359 Devices
          UPB modules via OMNI plugin/panel
          Plugins: Z-Wave, OMNI, HSTouch, weatherXML, EasyTrigger
          HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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