Understanding Z-Wave

Z-Wave FAQs

What prevents two different Z-Wave networks from interfering with each other?

Each Z-Wave network has a unique “Home ID” that is unique to the primary controller and assigned to all devices in the corresponding network.

How many devices (nodes) can be included in a Z-Wave network?

A Z-Wave network can handle a maximum of 232 devices (nodes), including the primary controller.

What is the maximum stated transmission range of a Z-Wave device?

Sixty feet with no obstructions; however, the more obstacles between devices, the weaker the signal will be.

What is the frequency of the Z-Wave signal?

ClareVue devices operate at the U.S. Z-Wave frequency of 908.4 MHz.

How many primary controllers can a Z-Wave network have?

There can be only one primary controller on a Z-Wave network.

How many secondary controllers can a Z-Wave network have?

A Z-Wave Network can have multiple secondary controllers.

What is the difference between primary and a secondary controller?

Only a primary controller can add (also known as include or pair) a device into a network. However, either type of controller can be used to remove (also known as exclude or unpair) a device from the network.

Can a secondary controller become a primary controller?

Two controllers can swap their status with each other allowing a secondary controller to become a primary controller and vice versa.

What is an association?

An association is a feature that you can program to allow a device (source) in your network to control another device (destination). Think of it as saying, “If THIS happens, Then do THAT.” Applied to ClareVue, associations allow multi-location control to be configured. For example, an association is required to create a 3-way controls between 2 ClareVue switches or dimmers. In such a case, two associations must be programmed; the first is from the Master to the Accessory; the second from the Accessory to the Master. This bi-directional association allows either the Master and Accessory device to initiate a change in the lighting, and to keep their on/off or dimmer level status in sync. These associations are programmed automatically when you use the ClareVue Lighting Wizard in Fusion to add and configure your devices.

If I need to replace a device, do I need to re-program all my scenes and events that included that device?

No. The “Replace Failed Node” function in the “Test” tab of the Z-Wave controller is used to replace a failed Z-Wave device. The controller will retain all information for that device and assign it to the newly installed replacement device.