said by alfnoid: said by djrobx:
Zwave is a mesh protocol. You shouldn't need to mess with the antenna, just add another z-wave device along the route.
This is what I thought initially when I started researching zwave and came across vera, but the more time I spend in their forums the less I believe that. Lots of people saying that devices that are less than 10 feet from vera don't respond. Glad to see your experience is different, but I question if it is robust enough for me personally...or rather the wife.
It is true, but there are a few caveats:
•Not all devices act as repeaters. Anything that operates on batteries, for example, does not.
•Some devices require something called beaming. Not all repeaters support beaming, and as such, things like door locks that require it may need to be closer to your controller if there are no beaming-enabled devices in between.
•Your z-wave network must be healthy (optimized). This is how devices learn with which other devices the can communicate with. Disconnecting a device without properly removing it from the system can have detrimental effects, as other devices believe it's there as a repeater even if it isn't.
That's all that comes to mind at the moment, but there may be more.