How to replace USB Z-Stick with Z-Net for network based Z-Wave connection in HomeSeer

How to replace USB Z-Stick with Z-Net for network based Z-Wave connection

Would you like to have a network based Z-Wave connection for controlling your lights or other Z-Wave devices? For this, you can use Z-Net from HomeSeer. Note that Z-net comes in 4 versions, one for Australia, Europe, UK, and the US. This has to do with the Z-Wave frequency.

In this guide, I will show how to move from Aeotec Z-Stick to Z-NET. The USB stick could also have been UZB from Z-wave.me.

Why should you go for Z-NET?

  • To expand your Z-Wave, for example, if you have a big house.
  • Have a secant location you want to control with one HomeSeer server.
  • HomeSeer server in on another network.
  •  HomeSeer server is hosted on a cloud service like AWS or Google Cloud

The Z-Net EU model looks like this and comes with a US Power supply including a EU plug apdater. The hardware is based on a Raspberry Pi.

Z-Net_HomeSeer_Front

Z-Net_HomeSeer_Black

Z-NET_HomeSeer_Power

First backup of USB Z-Stick

The first thing you want to do is to backup your USB Z-Stick, so you can restore the notes in your Z-Net.

Open HomeSeer by typing the IP address in your internet browser. Use the top menu, go to Plug-ins – Z-Wave – Controller Management.

Plugins - Z-Wave

Expand the Z-Wave USB interface, and under actions select “Back Up this interface”.

Backup USB Interface

Enter a filename or remember the default name.

Select “START” to begin the Backup process.

Disable and delete the USB interface

When the Backup is done, you need to disable the USB Z-stick. This can be done by clicking on the green checkmark.

HomeSeer green checkmark

When it is disabled the icon will look like this.

HomeSeer Disabled interface

Now delete the Z-Stick interface by clicking the X.

HomeSeer delete interface

The Z-Stick USB interface is now removed from your HomeSeer.

Connect your Z-NET to your network

When Z-NET is connected to your local Network by cable, you can see the IP address by using this address. http://find.homeseer.com/

Find HomeSeer

If you click on the IP address besides Z-NET under System, you will enter the configuration page.

HomeSeer Z-NET Config

I recommend setting a static-IP or setup your DHCP server to assign the same IP address to the Z-NET unit. Take note if the IP address, you need this in the next step.

Connect Z-NET to HomeSeer

Go back to your HomeSeer web interface by typing the IP address in your internet browser. Use the top menu, go to Plug-ins – Z-Wave – Controller Management.

Click on “Add Interface”. Give the new interface a name. Under Interface model select “Ethernet Interface”, you can also use “HomeSeer Z-NET Ethernet” but I had the best experience with Ethernet Interface. Type the IP Address of the Z-Net in the felt IP Address. You need to enter “2001” in Port Number.

 

Add new interface homeseer

Click now “Add”.

Select “Restore a Network to this Interface” in Actions. If you can’t select anything from Actions, see if your interface is enabled and shows a green checkmark. Select the Backup you previously made from the old USB Z-Stick interface.

Restore network interface

 

Select now “Confirm” to restore the settings from USB Z-Stick to your new interface.

Fully Optimize your Z-Wave network

To complete the installasion you need to preform a “Fully Optimize a Network”, select this in actions and click start.

Fully_Optimize_a_Network

The interface is now ready for use. This setup event or new Z-Wave devices this can also be fundt on this site.

 

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