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    Choosing the right Homeseer device

    Hi folks,

    Looking to buy a Homeseer device to run Z-Wave in the house. Am debating between the HomeTroller Zee S2 & the SmartStick+ USB.

    What are the pros/cons of either method? Limitations of going USB? The 1st benefit is price but what am I not seeing being new to this?

    Do you need a PC running 24x7 for the USB stick? Not a problem a rarely reboot my desktop PC in my office.

    Thanks!

    #2
    Welcome to the Homeseer forum jphebert!


    I have used USB Z-Wave sticks, ZTroller and internal GPIO Z-Wave Plus card (RPi2). Haven't really noticed differences.

    The Zee S2 is a Raspberry Pi computer with a custom for Homeseer OS running on a microSD card.

    Today I think that the Zee-2 comes with a USB Z-Wave plus stick.

    It used to come with a Z-Wave plus GPIO card.

    You do not need a PC running 24/7 if you purchase the Zee S2.

    I have always used Homeseer on a dedicated computer here. That is me.
    - Pete

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      #3
      Like Pete said, the Zee S2 comes with the Z-Wave controller built-in - there is no need for SmartStick.
      HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
      79 Z-Wave Nodes, 131 Events, 383 Devices
      Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
      Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
      HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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        #4
        Thanks - does the USB stick come with the Homeseer software like the Zee? If not it is kinda self-defeating for my project

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          #5
          Originally posted by jphebert View Post
          Thanks - does the USB stick come with the Homeseer software like the Zee? If not it is kinda self-defeating for my project
          The original Zee came with the stick, but not with the software purchase itself.
          HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
          79 Z-Wave Nodes, 131 Events, 383 Devices
          Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
          Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
          HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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            #6
            Many thanks - going for the Z2

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              #7
              Originally posted by jphebert View Post
              Many thanks - going for the Z2
              Not sure if you are aware, but the Zee's are limited to 5 plugins. That's ok for some, but a lot of people end up exceeding that at some point. I'm personally running 26 plugins, although some of those are just for testing at this point.

              Cheers
              Al
              HS 3.0.0.548: 1990 Devices 1172 Events
              Z-Wave 3.0.1.262: 126 Nodes on one Z-Net

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                #8
                FWIW - they have some openbox Zee S2s that are $50 off retail.
                That plus the fact that it has Z-Wave built-in makes it a pretty inexpensive way to get going.


                Mitch

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