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Home Automation: ZWave progress with the Aeotec USB ZStick

The Z-Stick Gen5 ZW090-A is here.
as expected the stick expose one of those virtual serial ports that really enjoy appear and disappear randomly under msWindows.
Note to myself: much more reliable and consistent behaviour under Linux in case I’ll decide to use it on a Raspberry PI.
The goal is to write a ‘Windows Store Simple remote’ with just the basic functions to give the users a quick straigh forward control over the devices linked to the ZStick’s zwave controller without worring too much about a complete home automation solution and maybe a tool for troubleshooting zwave networks.
Since Windows Store applications don’t seem to support serial ports directly I’m forced to develop a “server” application running on the desktop side of msWindows and let msWindowsStore apps access it as a gateway to the Zstick.
One advantage would be to have multiple remote apps running on different computers on the same network controlling devices trough the server/gateway.
I will eventually investigate if Windows IoT (aka windows 10 on raspberryPI) have support for the ZStick.
I would be surprise if Microsoft decided to not support these kind of devices since Home automation is one of the main use of the whole InternetOfThings 2015 obsession that WindowsIoT is targeting.
Note: very impressed by the Aeotec technical support so far.

SmartThings and GE 45631 Z-Wave Wireless Keypad Controller


This device provides control of 4 Groups and 4 Scenes.
Up to 32 Z-Wave devices can be included in each of the
Groups and Scenes. It is a secondary controller only and
cannot function as a primary controller.
Associate a device to the remote
1. Press and hold the Add and Remove buttons at the same time
until the Orange LED blinks twice, then release
2. Press and release the Add button.
3. Press and release the Group button.
Press and release the right side (ON) of the Group/Scene
button (1, 2, 3 or 4) that you want to assign the device to. The
Orange LED will start blinking.
Press and release the button on the device you wish to add.
The Green LED will blink twice to show that you have
successfully Added a device to a Scene