Neeo and Z-Wave

I don't have a Z-Wave controller, but would like to play with some Z-Wave devices.  Will the Neeo brain always require another, primary controller?   If yes, I was looking at either the SmartThings hub (wider support, zigbee), or running a USB stick (cheaper, not another device) and OpenHAB off my NAS.  Does anyone have any recommendations on that front?

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  • The NEEO can act as Primary and Secondary controller. But some devices have some speciallity, therefor it can be that only basic function is currently provided by NEEO

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  • Markus is completely right, you can use the NEEO brain as a Z-Wave controller. You don't need to buy another one.

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    • Michael Kohler  could you please share the current state of the Z-Wave controller functionality and the currently supported device functionality? There's nothing more frustrating with partially working Z-Wave devices.

      I have Fibaro Z-Wave roller shutter devices with a RaZberry Z-Wave controller. I'd like to get rid of the controller when I receive my Neeo. I already got rid of all Fibaro Z-Wave dimmers because they never really worked well with RaZberry and the manufacturers only blamed each other... Can I look forward to fully supported Fibaro roller shutters?

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  • So, at this point I'm trying to use a Monoprice Z-Wave Plus Wall Socket.  Just on and off functionality would be fine.  Is the only way to be able to add something for it to be included in the supported devices?  The advanced Z-Wave menu appears to only have items related to learning from other controllers.

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  • Jace Wiseman

    I am new to home automation and was waiting on buying any smart devices until I got my NEEO.  I wanted to make sure that what I purchased was compatible with NEEO and ideally could get something uniform throughout my house.

    I did research and just this past weekend I went with a GE Z Wave switch.  I was really excited about putting the two outdoor lights in my front yard on a timer and never having to touch the switch again!  I purchased the GE Z-Wave 12727.  Once I installed the switch I fumbled through the NEEO app and less than 5 minutes later the switch was discovered and working.

    What I did was using the NEEO as the sole controller (I have zero other smart hubs).  The switch that I purchased will work with Alexa, however that is not capable with NEEO as of yet -- maybe one of the Alexa features they were talking about coming soon.  

    Today I ordered many more switches from the same line and hope that they will be just as easy to install and setup.  The switch I purchased just has a on/off toggle and that was all I was planning on using.  I just bought a dimmer switch and a lamp accessory that supposedly lets you adjust the brightness of the lights.  Hopefully, these will be placed without issue this weekend.

    It currently appears that the benefit of a smart hub over just the NEEO is to be able to control your lights from anywhere/anytime.  You can only access your NEEO if you are on your home network.  If I had a hub I would also be able to use Alexa because I think that acts as a bridge for the devices so they communicate.

    I am excited to set up more switches and discover more features of lights and possible scenarios.  Long story short that switch worked for me with no issue and they have a lot of other ones.

    Hope this helped,

    Chris

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  • Chris B said:
    I fumbled through the NEEO app and less than 5 minutes later the switch was discovered

    I suppose this is the part I'm missing.   In which part are you finding the device to be discovered? 

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      Jace Wiseman 

      Hey, I just went to add device.  Once there you can type in whatever switch you have and it should auto populate (if it is supported).  From there you can follow the on screen directions.  Those steps will walk you through discovering your device

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    • Chris B Okay, so they do have to be explicitly supported!  Thanks. 

      I know there was an idea voting and some talk about it, but it would be nice if the Works With Neeo was browse-able.

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      Jace Wiseman 

      Completely agree.  It seems like the only way to know is by searching when you go to add a device.  Annnnnd the NEEO app is useless unless you are on your home network...

       

      The GE Z Wave switch I mentioned worked without issue and I am hoping to try one of their dimmer switches this weekend.

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    • Chris B Why you don't use a VPN to get access to your home network? I think that's the best solution.

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