Too far Z-Wave devices inclusion

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alo1234
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Too far Z-Wave devices inclusion

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Just a question about the z-wave inclusion. When troubleshooting, or changing hardware, or updating the controller etc…I need to include some devices again. The Z-Wave controller is often far from the other devices and is not easily movable the devices aren't too. So I am looking for a solution that let me include the devices easily, by walking everywhere in the house where the devices are located.

Does any “portable” Z-Wave controller (like the Aeotec Z-Stick) can be included in an existing network as a secondary controller, then include some devices with it, and “transfer the inclusion” to the primary controller? This will be useful.
alo1234
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Re: Too far Z-Wave devices inclusion

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I'm using the raZberry shield with the Z-Way software
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PoltoS
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Re: Too far Z-Wave devices inclusion

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Better to include surrounding devices first, then those in range of step 1. Then those in range of step 2, ... Z-Wave uses NWI (Network Wide Inclusion) to include distant devices. No need to use direct range.
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Re: Too far Z-Wave devices inclusion

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Thanks for your answer. But what if the nearest device is even too far from the controller? Should I add a repeater just for the inclusion process?
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Sometimes the devices are too far for an inclusion, but ok for a "normal" communication.
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Re: Too far Z-Wave devices inclusion

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It is quite rare that device do work reliably, but do not include at the same range. If inclusion fails, devices will show unreliable work, so better to add a repeater anyway
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