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Z Wave/Home Automation Help

ShadyWoodland 253 93 May 4, 2016 at 01:07 PM
I was able to get in on the Lowe's Z-Wave Garage Door Controller deal a few days ago.

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Being dumb and not doing enough research, I assumed this was a standalone device. Now I'm starting to realize that I need some sort of hub to make it work.

I don't have a ton of money to spend. Any suggestions on a hub I can get for relatively cheap? Or am I gonna need to invest another $100+ to get this garage door opener to work?

Thanks.

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Yes, you are right about the hub and you have many different options. Most common hubs are Vera, Smartthings and Wink for a zwave automation. I personally have VeraLite for the last 4 years and many zwave devices on my home automation. I have no problem using lowes Iris devices on my system. Most of the hubs nowadays are within $100 budget.
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Quote from ShadyWoodland View Post :
I was able to get in on the Lowe's Z-Wave Garage Door Controller deal a few days ago.

Link

Being dumb and not doing enough research, I assumed this was a standalone device. Now I'm starting to realize that I need some sort of hub to make it work.

I don't have a ton of money to spend. Any suggestions on a hub I can get for relatively cheap? Or am I gonna need to invest another $100+ to get this garage door opener to work?

Thanks.
Most home automation controllers / hubs are $100+. Cheaper than that and you're looking at a zwave dongle and free (and frustrating) software on a pc.

Options include:
HomeSeer Home Troller
SmartThings 2.0 Hub (only consider 2.0+)
Vera

All 3 of these can work without an internet connection so the odds of them getting bricked in the future are lower.

Wink's parent company went bankrupt and wink was sold off, not sure what it's future looks like. Staples connect hub can be found for cheap, but supported devices and functionality are REALLY limited.
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Last edited by jkee May 5, 2016 at 01:21 PM
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Staples is likely to pull the plug on their Connect soon, so I'd avoid that route.
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To Our Valued Staples Connect Customers,
Staples has been proud to develop and offer the Staples Connect Smart Home Hub and related smart home products. While we will be making an announcement in the coming weeks about what the future of Staples Connect looks like, we can tell you we will continue to support you, our Staples Connect customers. Updates will be made to the Staples Connect App so it remains compatible with your current products, and our customer service team can help you with any questions you have about your existing Staples Connect system. More details to come, but please know we will ensure no disruption to your current service.
Not sure why they say they'll continue to support and provide updates to the app when there has been 0 support and no update since 09/15.
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Staples is likely to pull the plug on their Connect soon, so I'd avoid that route.


Not sure why they say they'll continue to support and provide updates to the app when there has been 0 support and no update since 09/15.
If staples would just go open source and work on a port of openhab they might actually sell a measurable volume of the hub
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