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Z-wave smart home controller types

What are primairy en secundairy controllers?

A Z-wave network is based on a smart home gateway (the heart of your system). This gateway is connected to your Z-wave sensors and actors. It keeps track of all the administration (adding, removing devices, etc). In a Z-wave system we speak of primary and secondary controllers. What is the difference?

 

Primairy Z-wave gateway
(Master gateway)

A Z-wave network their is always one primary controller. It acts like your DHCP server within a WiFi network.

- List of  'included' Z-wave devices; 
  This are the devices that are added/removed via an include/exclude command.
- MESH table administration;
  Which devices is reachable via which other devices.
- Executing scenes;
  Most controllers can perform macro-like actions (scenes) to perform actions based on triggers

Examples of primaire Z-wave controllers:
- FIBARO Home Center 2 en Home Center Lite
- Vera Edge
- Zipabox

 

 

 

Secundairy Z-wave controllers
(Slave controller)

Within a Z-wave network there can be more than one secundairy controllers. Usually they act as a sort of remote controller to controll a device or start a scene by pressing a button. It can also be another primary controller that will be added to a primary controller as a kind of slave device.

- Excution of scenes;
   The scenes are usually stored in the primary controller.
- Controlling other Z-wave devices via association
  Association is a direct connection between 2 smart home devices (humidity sensor and ventilator for example)
  A great feature because the association also works when the primary controller is offline.

Examples of secundairy controllers are:
- Remote controllers with Z-wave chip
- Wall controllers  (remote controllers that look like wall switches )

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