I'm new to the forum and to home automation. I've got a HE, a bunch of Google devices and an Ecobee thermostat that I've been playing with, but I'd like to add my first real home automation setup. My plan is to use the Zooz Zen16 multirelay to automate my 2 garage doors. I'd also like to add some contact sensors to confirm the door position. I'll add a camera to the garage to make sure it's working properly and to avoid the scenario where the door goes down on top of the cars bumper over and over.
Here's my question. How do I signal the Zen16 to trigger the door? Is it as simple as sending it an action through the hub, or do I need some type of external switching device? The garage door wiring diagram on the product webpage seems to indicate i need some type of physical switch for each output of the relay. I thought the point of the relay being Z-Wave enabled was so it could be controlled directly.
I use 3 of those devices to control my landscape lighting. I do not use the "switch" portion of the device at all, everything is automated via Hubitat. I think that is an "optional" feature (I am thinking of put a LV light in my tool and wood sheds, where it might be nice to have a switch. Until of course I add lux/motion/contact sensor to automate that too. Oh where does it end!! )
Also if you have an existing "switch" (mines uses a door bell device) to trigger the garage door, you could wire it in maybe?
You might also want to check out this app. It is beta, and I do not use it (I have an iris G-door opener), but read about it the other day and it might help in your instance to simplify the rule process.
We also hope to release a dedicated smart app to easily set-up the ZEN16 as a garage door opener soon. I'll post a link to it as soon as it's ready but if you have any questions regarding the product in the meantime, don't hesitate to reach out to our support or send me a message here!
I'll definitely keep you posted. It will be an app coded for HE so a pretty standard process to integrate it with the system. We'll create detailed instructions though so it's easy to use for anyone on the HE platform.
I got the relay yesterday and I'm wiring it up today. I was going to use the USB-C port to power it, but I noticed that there is a 12v input as well. I have an old modem power adapter laying around that has an output of 12v and 1.0A. Would this work to power the relay if I cut the connector off?
Yes, 12 V (AC or DC) will work just fine. Just be careful to connect it to the + and - terminals and not to the Sw terminals next to it since that could damage the device. And please NEVER power the device with both 12-24 V and USB at the same time.
Does anyone know if you can use this with Alexa without a passcode? The main reason I ordered the Zen16 was to control the garage door with Alexa because my push button door opener switch is flaky at best. And a new switch was close to the cost of the Zen16.
I know its still possible to find the old IRIS alarm key pads....which are compatible with HE. I wonder f they will work for the garage door opener? I swear..the next time my linear garage door opener acts up...i'm replacing it with a ZEN