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    How to hook up to computer?

    I want to give homeseer a try. I plan on running it in a windows 7 VM in my unraid server, but I had a few questions before I started.

    I plan on getting a Yale door lock and LimitlessLED lights. I believe both are zwave. I'm a bit confused on what hardware I would need to hook up to my VM for my devices to start talking to homeseer.

    Would someone mind pointing me in the right direction?

    Thanks!

    #2
    If loading HS3 on a computer and you want to talk to Z-Wave devices you need to add at minimum a Z-Wave radio such as the following.

    http://store.homeseer.com/store/Home...ace-P2013.aspx

    More options:
    http://store.homeseer.com/store/Syst...faces-C66.aspx

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      #3
      Originally posted by jhearty View Post
      If loading HS3 on a computer and you want to talk to Z-Wave devices you need to add at minimum a Z-Wave radio such as the following.

      http://store.homeseer.com/store/Home...ace-P2013.aspx

      More options:
      http://store.homeseer.com/store/Syst...faces-C66.aspx
      Got it. The second link with multiple interfaces has many options.

      Does something like this http://store.homeseer.com/store/Home...ace-P1902.aspx contain the hardware to run homeseer as well? Or is it just a radio adapter.

      Thanks for the quick reply.

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        #4
        Originally posted by CrashnBrn View Post
        Got it. The second link with multiple interfaces has many options.

        Does something like this http://store.homeseer.com/store/Home...ace-P1902.aspx contain the hardware to run homeseer as well? Or is it just a radio adapter.

        Thanks for the quick reply.
        That is just a radio, but is likely the best to use if you are hosting HS on a VM. Running a USB interface on a VM is at least difficult and at most impossible. Even if you could use a USB interface, which I think unRAID supports, I think the Z-Net is still the best option because an Ethernet interface gives you more options for locating it and the WiFi allows you to take it to distant devices for inclusion.

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          #5
          Originally posted by rprade View Post
          That is just a radio, but is likely the best to use if you are hosting HS on a VM. Running a USB interface on a VM is at least difficult and at most impossible. Even if you could use a USB interface, which I think unRAID supports, I think the Z-Net is still the best option because an Ethernet interface gives you more options for locating it and the WiFi allows you to take it to distant devices for inclusion.
          Ahh ok, so it will talk to homseer through the network. There is a price jump between the two. I'm guessing the z-net remote plus interface is more powerful than the usb dongle.

          What would the usb ports on it be used for on it?

          unraid supports passthrough so I can passthrough an entire USB controller but I do agree that's more of a pain in the butt.

          Thanks.

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            #6
            Originally posted by CrashnBrn View Post
            Ahh ok, so it will talk to homseer through the network. There is a price jump between the two. I'm guessing the z-net remote plus interface is more powerful than the usb dongle.

            What would the usb ports on it be used for on it?

            unraid supports passthrough so I can passthrough an entire USB controller but I do agree that's more of a pain in the butt.

            Thanks.
            It is just a Pi3 with a Z-Wave GPIO daughtercard. The USB ports are not really supported for anything. When the Z-Net used a Pi B+ and later a Pi2 B the USB port could be used for a WiFi dongle. The Pi3 has built in WiFi. The Z-Net runs Debian Linux (Rasbian) as a simple IP to serial interface for the Z-Wave GPIO card. It is no more or less powerful than a USB connected interface, though it does have a larger antenna and can have a much better RF footprint if you leverage the Ethernet or WiFi connection to give it a good physical location.

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              #7
              Thank you for the all of the information!

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