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Z-Wave Plus USB Stick $25

iOscar 35 42 May 4, 2016 at 11:50 AM in Tech & Electronics (6)
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Last Edited by iOscar May 4, 2016 at 06:26 PM
This is the original (not re-branded) Gen5 Z-Wave stick with the newest firmware for $25

http://www.digikey.com/product-se...vendor=703

The actual product that you get will say ACC-UZB2-U for U.S. DigiKey just has bad picture. I have purchased and confirmed with Sigma Designs and DigiKey specialists via telephone that this is in fact a Z-Wave Plus with the newest chip.

As far as a Z Stick with battery. Who would use that? Batteries degrade over time. After a certain period, the Z Stick just has a dead battery with no possibility of replacement.

Some people question the necessity of the battery. This is home automation, devices are not added daily. I personally do not like a built in battery because you don't use it. Maybe once awhile.

This is the lowest price for a Z-Wave Plus USB Controller out there right now. Pair this Z Stick with Domoticz. The most affordable and best solution for home automation!


Edit Note: This is a regular everyday low price. I had purchased RazBerry ($70), Aeon Labs Z-Wave Plus Stick ($45), Z-Wave.Me USB Stick ($35) before I found out of it existence; too expensive and one all plastic even the USB plug. Sigma Designs UZB2 Stick works the same and it has newer firmware. I have replaced everything with Sigma Designs UZB2 Stick now.
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I like HomeGenie.
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I just posted about this stick on the home automation subreddit. I picked up this one exactly for the same reason you mentioned about not wanting to have to deal with a battery that will fail. I've used mine instead with Openhab. Works great! Happen to know how to update the firmware on it? I heard that's one of the advantages of these Sigma sticks.

This stick is definitely for DIY home automation (Openhab, Domoticz) versus Smartthings/Wink/Vera/Homeseer for those of you who are considering this.
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I like HomeGenie.
That's a good option, but Blockly for creating events in Domoticz is great!
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sorry, but while i am very familiar with zwave and have a vera lite., i have no idea what this is. is it just a ZWAVE transmitter and then requires some open source software to work with it?
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I just posted about this stick on the home automation subreddit. I picked up this one exactly for the same reason you mentioned about not wanting to have to deal with a battery that will fail. I've used mine instead with Openhab. Works great! Happen to know how to update the firmware on it? I heard that's one of the advantages of these Sigma sticks.

This stick is definitely for DIY home automation (Openhab, Domoticz) versus Smartthings/Wink/Vera/Homeseer for those of you who are considering this.
I have not looked into updating the firmware, but I know this one has version 4.05 (newest) as compared to Aeotec Stick and Z-Wave.Me Stick.

Aeotec: big, blinking light, battery issue, and $$$
Z-Wave.Me: plastics, and $$$

Initially, I had to open up the product to check the chip to ensure that it's Z-Wave Plus with verification from Sigma Designs. However, device chip and firmware version can be checked with ZWave Zensys Tool, which can be downloaded from Aeotec https://aeotec.freshdesk.com/supp...ensys-tool
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^ i think i am correct, it seems this is just a means to send the signal. my only question would be, isnt a usb port, likely behind a desktop and always moving with a laptop, not an ideal spot to be transmitting your signal from?
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seems the UIs (or lack thereof) and android apps combined with a lot of "hands on coding" needed to get these working well

for now ill stick with vera lite, but i like that these little projects are going on and hopefully there will one day be easy skins applied over top of them or at least one "proven winner" UI that people choose
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sorry, but while i am very familiar with zwave and have a vera lite., i have no idea what this is. is it just a ZWAVE transmitter and then requires some open source software to work with it?
Vera products have some sort of computer to control Z-Wave that is a lot weaker than Raspberry Pi. They also have a Z-Wave controller built in, this is similar to Z-Wave USB Stick. With USB Z-Wave Stick, you can plug it into a Raspberry Pi or your own desktop computer and download Domoticz (software), then you have your own version of Vera Control.

Vera products are for end users, average consumers. It's cloud based, always depend on their server to function and no email notification. I do not want to depend on another company to control my home and that's why I'd rather learn and go with Domoticz.
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Aeotec: big, blinking light, battery issue, and $$$
Z-Wave.Me: plastics, and $$$

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I agree on the annoying LEDs on the Aeon Z-stick, but the battery isn't an issue. You can use it for years while the battery works. After the battery wears out, it will function like battery-less product. Or, you can unsnap the case and replace the battery...

Still a good price for a new z-stick though. If I remember right, I read the Aeon products respond much quicker to commands than the Sigma. If using instant-status for scene control, this can matter. The Aeon doesn't support restoring a backup, so if the stick dies, you have to re-bind every z-wave device...

Always tradeoffs...
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Thanks for the deal... In-4-2!
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I have not looked into updating the firmware, but I know this one has version 4.05 (newest) as compared to Aeotec Stick and Z-Wave.Me Stick.

Aeotec: big, blinking light, battery issue, and $$$
Z-Wave.Me: plastics, and $$$

Initially, I had to open up the product to check the chip to ensure that it's Z-Wave Plus with verification from Sigma Designs. However, device chip and firmware version can be checked with ZWave Zensys Tool, which can be downloaded from Aeotec https://aeotec.freshdesk.com/supp...ensys-tool
Good tip on the Aeotec utility. Habmin on Openhab will also give chip and firmware info. I tried looking a little bit more and looks like you need some kind of Sigma Designs account key to even look at their support site....
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I agree on the annoying LEDs on the Aeon Z-stick, but the battery isn't an issue. You can use it for years while the battery works. After the battery wears out, it will function like battery-less product. Or, you can unsnap the case and replace the battery...

Still a good price for a new z-stick though. If I remember right, I read the Aeon products respond much quicker to commands than the Sigma. If using instant-status for scene control, this can matter. The Aeon doesn't support restoring a backup, so if the stick dies, you have to re-bind every z-wave device...

Always tradeoffs...
I've read about the back up and restore also but not exactly sure how to do it in the realm of Openhab. This Sigma stick at least on Openhab responds with no delay.
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I agree on the annoying LEDs on the Aeon Z-stick, but the battery isn't an issue. You can use it for years while the battery works. After the battery wears out, it will function like battery-less product. Or, you can unsnap the case and replace the battery...

Still a good price for a new z-stick though. If I remember right, I read the Aeon products respond much quicker to commands than the Sigma. If using instant-status for scene control, this can matter. The Aeon doesn't support restoring a backup, so if the stick dies, you have to re-bind every z-wave device...

Always tradeoffs...
Do you know how much quicker? I did not notice a difference. I can't imagine the original design would make their own product to response slower. I would like to see real time test because I'm rebuilding my system with Sigma Designs sticks. Besides, I have two Aeotec Plus Sticks and they are both $45 each, big and bulky. Their customer services are second to none though. All of my sensors are Aeotec.

As for Backup, I use Domoticz and it's simply a click in the software.
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Quote from Masejoer View Post :
I agree on the annoying LEDs on the Aeon Z-stick, but the battery isn't an issue. You can use it for years while the battery works. After the battery wears out, it will function like battery-less product. Or, you can unsnap the case and replace the battery...

Still a good price for a new z-stick though. If I remember right, I read the Aeon products respond much quicker to commands than the Sigma. If using instant-status for scene control, this can matter. The Aeon doesn't support restoring a backup, so if the stick dies, you have to re-bind every z-wave device...

Always tradeoffs...
Good post. Some of us specialize in data laden behaviors that demand faster response times. It's a premium in the security industry.
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