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whywork

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Hi,

I have several z wave on/off plugin modules that were once in use, but have since been "retired" to a cardboard box.  When they were retired, I just disabled them in ISY.  I now want to use some of them again.

With Insteon I can just look at the little sticker on the device and find/search ISY for the device.  With Z Wave its hard to know which physical device matches what ISY device.  Plugging them in, one by one and then query/turn on/off works.  However with 3 devices to check, I believe the combinations to try are 3! (3x2x1 =6) with 4 unknown devices 4! (4x3x2x1=24).

So - any tips, easy way to figure out which  unlabeled physical z wave device belongs to which z wave instantiation on ISY?
 

Thanks

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With Z-Wave it's best to exclude devices before storing them.  Otherwise it leaves a "hole" in your mesh that will slow traffic as commands are sent some nodes may still try to use the route through the missing devices which will slow/impact the whole mesh.  

As for your question.  No there is no "easy" way to do this.  Your options are to plugin and test each one and label the devices or pick one that you want to use and perform the exclude process on it and then re-include it and you will know which device what by the new device that was added.

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1 hour ago, whywork said:

Hi,

I have several z wave on/off plugin modules that were once in use, but have since been "retired" to a cardboard box.  When they were retired, I just disabled them in ISY.  I now want to use some of them again.

With Insteon I can just look at the little sticker on the device and find/search ISY for the device.  With Z Wave its hard to know which physical device matches what ISY device.  Plugging them in, one by one and then query/turn on/off works.  However with 3 devices to check, I believe the combinations to try are 3! (3x2x1 =6) with 4 unknown devices 4! (4x3x2x1=24).

So - any tips, easy way to figure out which  unlabeled physical z wave device belongs to which z wave instantiation on ISY?
 

Thanks

 

In the future give each of your Zwave devices unique names. You can then create a Topography report which gives you a list of all your devices, scenes, etc.

You can also right click on a zwave device and disable it. The ISY will then ignore it.

 

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5 minutes ago, Techman said:

In the future give each of your Zwave devices unique names. You can then create a Topography report which gives you a list of all your devices, scenes, etc.

 

This only helps if you label the physical devices as well which I think is the main issue here :)

Time to buy a label machine :)

 

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