Z-Wave is driving me crazy! I have a lot of issues with getting devices included and excluded. Granted, this was worse with SmartThings and works better on HE, but still. For instance, I have one in-wall GE switch (dimmer) that I just can't get registered on HE. I am pretty sure it was properly excluded when I moved over from ST, but I just can't seem to get it registered on HE. And it is sitting right next to two more of the same switches/dimmers that registered just fine. And all 3 of them worked fine on ST. So not sure what is going on.
Anyway: This brings me to my real question: How do you include things like switches that are installed in a fixed place. Some of mine are quite far from the hub. Would it be best to include these devices close to the hub? I always do that with devices that can be moved around. My thinking is that this would connect them directly to the hub, rather than through the mesh, and thus should be less error prone. But that is just me thinking out loud. I might be completely wrong there.
And if so, how do you do that with things like light switches exactly? I have even considered building myself a little rig where I can put the switch in as if it was wired up, include it, make sure it works, and only then go through the trouble of installing it in the wall wherever it needs to go. I have a lot of switches coming up for installation (50-70, I guess) and the thought of having to go through this unreliable process makes me want to abandon the idea right there