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post #1 of 4 Old 07-20-2014, 12:49 AM - Thread Starter
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Any Z-Wave to Ethernet/WiFi Bridge/Repeater ?

I am trying to install a centralized Z-Wave network in a large, multi-flats, building.
My problem : Z-Wave range inside a building is a paltry 20 feet, and I need at least ten-twenty times that end-to-end.
I tried a Z-Wave repeater (DSD37 from Aeon Labs), but it adds only 20 more feet, and you cannot have more than 4 of those sequentially.

So at that point, I am stuck.
What I would like is a "Z-Wave to Ethernet bridge" or a "Z-Wave to WiFi bridge" which would use longer range Ethernet (and power lines couplers) or WiFi to replicate the Z-Wave network transparently.
But after hours spent searching Internet, I could not find any.
It is especially frustrating since it seems all the hardware is there : for instance the RaZberry Pi or the Sigma Designs ZM5304 serial interface.
But it seems such DIY components need a lot of low level programming to achieve anything, and I need something closer to "plug & play".

I know I would probably be able to do what I want with multiple slaved Vera 3, but my budget goal is around $50 per (long range) repeater, not 4-5 times that.

Any suggestions ?
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Home Depot and Amazon.com have the new Wink hub that might work or the Staples Connect both are only $49.99 are limited in what they do and are close to plug and play but might fit your needs.
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Your switches act as a repeater.
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Thanks to both of you for the pointers, but I finally found something very close to the simple Ethernet<->Z-Wave bridge I was looking for : the SmartThings Hub
It is more expensive than the $50 or so I was aiming for (it is a full Z-Wave controller), but otherwise has most of the right attributes :
- Ethernet connection
- multi-hubs / multi-locations controller application on iOS
- multiple Z-Wave or ZigBee sensors/actuators supported
- compact box
- coming EU version (currently US only : 908MHz Z-Wave)

This kickstarter project, launched in 2013, has the right philosophy : heterogeneous protocols and sensors/actuators support, elegant "Apple-like" design, open programming environment, ...
I now have just to test it !
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