Originally Posted by evohome
When I hit about 15', indirect (out of line-of-sight) and push a button to initiate a macro, the first step or two fire off, and then I get the triangle of death, along with the "can't find" screen.
Line of sight from any Q50 to the NC50s results in better range, but not much. I took a Q and an NC out on the back patio, and got almost 30' spread with no problems. Thing is, my Client's gear is not on their back patio; damn pesky walls...
Hey, I've heard outdoor home theater is the new latest thing! I can see why both you and your client would be frustrated by all this; so you're both giving up on Nevo and going to the Pronto 9400?
Again, forgive my general ignorance and inexperience with z-wave. But if I read your post correctly, you imply that (1) the Q50 and NC have maybe a 30' line-of-sight communication range that quickly diminishes when obstacles are present (pesky walls...yes), and that (2) the range is improved/restored by the addition of the Vizia repeater. Clarify if I got that part wrong.
If both of these things are true, I'd surmise that Nevo is being very "generous" with their range figures and that the z-wave mesh network functions better as more devices are present. That last part makes sense in terms of my limited understanding of z-wave, and implies that only two devices, the Q50 & NC in this case, will have a fairly short range as they can't use other devices to triangulate around obstacles. Makes me think that Nevo saw the Q50 + NC combo as a one-room, short-range set-up until they enable full functionality of the Q50's z-wave chip. Any thoughts?
Also, do you have any opinion on whether the Q50's firmware restriction on z-wave could somehow affect its communication with the NC? I'm very curious about this because it suggests that Nevo really
needs to hurry up with that firmware upgrade...