Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 Z-Wave Hub Z-Wave Plus USB to Create Gateway (Ordinary White)

(4 customer reviews)
  • Works with Windows / Mac / Linux / Raspberry Pi 4 (2020 upgrade) to create a zwave hub for control of Z-Wave plus and Zwave devices, Tiny but powerful
  • 1.1 x 0.4 x 3.5 inches in size and capable of controlling up to 232 different Z-Wave devices. package: 1x Z-Stick Gen5, 1x Manual, the others are not included
  • Can be used to upgrade the firmware of compatible Z-Wave Plus devices that can accept OTA / wirelss firmware upgrades
  • Compatible with Z-Wave enabled, home automation software including Home Assistant, Home Seer, Indigo 7, OpenHab, and OpenHab2. No software included
  • Z-Wave Plus certified. Certification number: ZC10-15060006
SKU: B00X0AWA6E Category:
4 People watching this product now!

Device detailed description

Create your own Z-Wave gateway. With Z-Stick Gen5 you’ll be able to create your own Z-Wave hub using readily available, and sometimes free, home automation software. You’ll benefit from a system that is locally hosted and cloud free, whose features, security and privacy you can personally control, and you’ll be able to create your Z-Wave network at your own pace and within your own budget. Capable of controlling up to 232 different Z-Wave devices, including those that use the more advanced Z-Wave Plus, and able to run on both full powered PCs and low powered PCs such as Raspberry Pi, Z-Stick Gen5 works with with open source software such as Domoticz , Home Assistant, OpenHab, and OpenHab2 and also works with commercially available software such as Axial Control, Homeseer, Indigo for MacOS. For enhanced network performance and reduced downtime, Z-Stick Gen5 contains an inbuilt, rechargeable info-lithium battery.

Features and specification

Integration Supported smart home integration

Interface Smart device connectivity interface

Manufacturer Smart device manufacturer

Size

Color Available colors

Item Package Quantity

‎1

Batteries Included?

Batteries Required?

Warranty Description

‎1 year warranty against manufacturer defects

Product Dimensions

‎1.1 x 0.4 x 3.5 inches

Batteries Type of batteries used

Power Source

Number Of Pieces

‎1

Usage

Battery Cell Type

Model

‎ZW090

Included Components

‎Z Stick Gen5

Item Weight

Frequently asked question

Does it work with Raspberry Pi 2 B?

[email protected] /dev/serial/by-id $ lsusb-0658_0200-if00… see more [email protected] /dev/serial/by-id $ [email protected] /dev/serial/by-id $ cat /proc/version Linux version 3.18.14-v7+ ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140303 (prerelease) (crosstool-NG linaro-1.13.1+bzr2650 - Linaro GCC 2014.03) ) #792 SMP PREEMPT Sat May 23 16:19:32 BST [email protected] /dev/serial/by-id $ cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0model name : ARMv7 Processor rev 5 (v7l)BogoMIPS : 38.40Features : half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4 idiva idivt vfpd32 lpae evtstrm CPU implementer : 0x41CPU architecture: 7CPU variant : 0x0CPU part : 0xc07CPU revision : 5processor : 1model name : ARMv7 Processor rev 5 (v7l)BogoMIPS : 38.40Features : half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4 idiva idivt vfpd32 lpae evtstrm CPU implementer : 0x41CPU architecture: 7CPU variant : 0x0CPU part : 0xc07CPU revision : 5processor : 2model name : ARMv7 Processor rev 5 (v7l)BogoMIPS : 38.40Features : half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4 idiva idivt vfpd32 lpae evtstrm CPU implementer : 0x41CPU architecture: 7CPU variant : 0x0CPU part : 0xc07CPU revision : 5processor : 3model name : ARMv7 Processor rev 5 (v7l)BogoMIPS : 38.40Features : half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4 idiva idivt vfpd32 lpae evtstrm CPU implementer : 0x41CPU architecture: 7CPU variant : 0x0CPU part : 0xc07CPU revision : 5Hardware : BCM2709Revision : a21041Serial : [email protected] /dev/serial/by-id $

Is this gen5 version compatible with z-wave devices in the usa ? i don't want to order something with the wrong frequencies.

Yes. U.S. Frequency. Working with all my devices. Controlled by Open HAB.

Can this be used instead of something like a smartthings hub if i just use z-wave devices?

For anything z-wave, you need a controller. Whether it's a smart things hub or a PC using Openhab with a z-stick. If you don't you can only use the blue light up button to physically turn the device on and off.

Can i just plug it into my router?

No. The Z-stick needs a computer to pass program instructions to it via the USB port. There are Z-Wave hubs that can be plugged into your router, but hubs lack the flexibility to handle variables the way a computer can. The Z-stick allows your computer to run the network for you and you can really fine tune how everyth… see more No. The Z-stick needs a computer to pass program instructions to it via the USB port. There are Z-Wave hubs that can be plugged into your router, but hubs lack the flexibility to handle variables the way a computer can. The Z-stick allows your computer to run the network for you and you can really fine tune how everything behaves with a good computer program.With a hub:* turn the lights on at sunset* turn the lights off at 11pmWith a computer-controlled Z-stick:* Turn on the lights roughly 90 minutes before sunset on the east side of the house, ramping them up from 0% light to 100% light over 30 minutes so no one notices the lights coming on to fill in the growing shadows. Turn on the lights on the west side of the house roughly 30 minutes before sunset, ramping them up from 0% light to 100% light over ten minutes.* Around 10PM, slowly dim the lights to 50% to relax everyone because bedtime is coming. Turn off all lights in any unoccupied rooms. Bring lights up to 30% in the master bedroom. After 11PM, when there has been no one moving around in the house, dim the lights to 0% for the night. Dim the lights in the Master bedroom to 0% five minutes after motion in that room stops. Though, if any motion is detected by the motion sensors around the bedrooms between 1AM and 30 minutes before sunrise, bring up the hall lights to 5% to make it easier to find the bathroom.

4 reviews for Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 Z-Wave Hub Z-Wave Plus USB to Create Gateway (Ordinary White)

Quality

80 %

Price

80 %

Functionality

80 %

Reviewed by 0 customer(s)

Sort by

  • Anonymous

    Works

    Works well. Lights were a bit confusing, couldn’t tell whether it was set up or not at first. Had it running with home assistant and ran into some issues but nothing a restart couldn’t fix

    07/29/2022
    Verified Purchase

    Share on

  • Anonymous

    Easy to pair, easy to install, rock solid with home-assistant on FreeBSD (FreeNAS/TrueNAS)

    I’ve been playing with home automation since the mid 80’s (anyone else remember X10?) so I’ve tried almost every platform, application and device out there. This is the first one I’d recommend for the noobie who wants to level up their home automation game. It’s easy to install, easy to add devices especially with the built-in battery, and the backup software is going to save your butt at some point – I’d almost guarantee it. The stick is rock-solid and extremely fast: for example when I turn on a light with my phone (iPhone -&gt, wifi -&gt, home-assistant -&gt, z-wave stick -&gt, wall switch), I can see the results in the real world before my finger leaves the screen. I thought my old Vera hub was quick in only taking ~1/2 second, but this blows it away.
    More detail:
    This is easily the best-supported Z-Wave stick out there so it’s almost certain to work with whatever devices you’re using, about to buy, or will buy in the neat future. (There’s a new protocol coming next year called Matter, but who knows how long it’ll take to be supported especially with the ongoing chip shortage.) Pairing is a breeze since you can unplug the stick and carry it to whatever gizmo you’re adding rather than running from the stick to the device or juggling a laptop/tablet while trying to get thing to sync. Pro tip: Z-Wave forms a mesh – the devices connect not only to the hub/stick but to each other – so if you pair things by carrying the stick around the house, you’ll want to do a network heal once you’ve added everything. That way all of your Z-friends will be in their permanent locations and can find the best, most solid way to talk to each other.
    And now the geek details:
    I’m running a TrueNAS/FreeNAS file server where two of the one-click plugins are home-assistant and zwavejs2mqtt which is the real brains of the Z-wave operation. Go through TrueNAS’s installation for each, point zwavejs2mqtt at /dev/cuaU0 (whereas Linux would use /dev/ttyUSB0 or similar) and enable the WS server for home-assistant. Once you do that, home-assistant should find zwavejs2mqtt and you’re off to the races. I’m attaching pictures where you’ll also notice that mqtt is disabled – because I’m not using it.
    A couple of notes:
    You may have seen that there’s a Gen5+ version of this now, though it doesn’t appear to be available anywhere, even here. The major differences are that the Gen5+ includes Z-Wave Smart, S2 Security, and (better) support for the Raspberry Pi4. Those aren’t insubstantial, so my only real gripe is that both are model number ZW090 (Really Aeotec? Why??). That said, I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to move beyond home automation 1.0. Just make sure to take a backup whenever you make any substantial change so that if/when the stick dies you can replace it, upload the backup and be back in business without having to re-pair everything.

    07/27/2022
    Verified Purchase

    Share on

  • Anonymous

    Initial impressions, not awesome, but hope it will work

    I bought this to use with a Raspberry Pi 3B+ running Hassio (Home Assistant for the Raspberry Pi). So far my only z-wave devices are a couple of First Alert smoke and CO2 detectors. The Aeotec Z-stick looks like a great device and I hope that now that I understand some of it’s quirks, that it will not cause me as many problems.
    I will update this review when I have some more time using the Aeotec, but for now, and my limited setup of devices, I thought I would share some info that could be helpful.
    First the problem – I was trying to get 2 First Alert combo z-wave alarms setup using Hassio and an Aeotec Z-stick 5th gen. Initially, I got one of the alarms registered by Hassio using the Aeotec, but I could not get the other one set up. Though the process of trying (and failing) to get both the alarms seen by Hassio, I found that there were bogus devices created. I read somewhere that the First Alert smoke alarms may not be staying awake long enough to make pairing easy, so that could be part of the difficulty. I removed all the nodes that I could though Hassio so nothing was showing up in Hassio Z-wave network management except for the Aeotec (there were no other nodes). But attempts to add the alarms (via Hassio) were still unsuccessful. During the process of troubleshooting, I factory reset the Aeotec, but that failed to help, probably made it worse. The logs indicated that there was some communication between Hassio via the Aeotec and the fire alarms, but they were still never being seen by Hassio. Then I factory reset the Aeotec again, but this time (without re-connecting it to the Pi) also went through the process to un-pair the alarms. The unpairing seemed to work (got the blue solid LED for a couple seconds). At that point I restarted the Hassio with the Aeotec connected, and tried to use the ‘add secure node’ button to pair one of the alarms… it worked for the first one (finally). I was able to get the other one registered as well. Now I can see both the fire alarms in the Hassio Z-wave network management panel where before there was only the Aeotec.
    Originally I was thinking the problems had to do with Hassio (which does not give much feedback on the pairing process), and it still may. I think the smoke detectors are also not behaving well when they need to pair. But the fact that a factory reset of the Aeotec (which I did correctly) resulted in the same failures when trying to add the nodes, but then a factory reset + unpairing procedure was successful (which I did from the Aeotec itself), leads me to think the Aeotec was still caching the nodes as previously known/learned (after the reset) and ignoring them when I tried to pair them again. In a nutshell, if there are weird problems where a node will not pair with Hassio, I think I will unplug the Aeotec and manually unpair the node, then try again (probably will skip the factory reset though).
    For now I think 3 stars is pretty fair.

    07/24/2022
    Verified Purchase

    Share on

  • Anonymous

    Read if Mac user in 2022

    I can only get this to work while directly plugged into a USB-A port on a MacMini or iMac. If I try to use one of the USB-C ports on the mini with a small USB-A to C adapter, my automation software (Indigo) will not ‘see’ this Z-Wave stick. YMMV, but buyer beware for any new Mac without old USB connections.
    Also, the blinking bright multi-color LED is super obnoxious if you have your system running in a guest bedroom etc. so be prepared to break out the electrical tape to cover up the LED.

    06/05/2022
    Verified Purchase

    Share on

Leave feedback about this

Your email address will not be published.

Quality
Price
Functionality