the problem is i belive the in wall box is metal.. which would be a bitch to tear off siding and replace and the reason i went for a plug in model.. guess i could try thoug.. in is in the wall outside directly behind the hub ie 3-4 feet away
the face plate will be removable (has to be for servicing) inside is a regular 2 dollar outlet. You will probably have to change the face plate to a decora style but those are available for a couple of dollars at home depot with a fresh gasket. Enerwave makes a good z-wave and zigbee receptacles.
You could try a Zooz ZAC38 but with Zwave there are no guarantees. The device will put itself out there as a repeater but that doesn't force anything to use it. Zwave does its own thing. I am guessing you would have the same results.
There is a way you can coerce a device to have a primary route using a USB stick using PC Controller but its not that easy to do.
I'm hoping to find a plastic one. I want to remove an outlet from a box in my garage and extend the circuit around the garage just in PVC conduit. I only have a single outlet in my garage. So I ideally will find something that screws directly into the interior junction box that turns it into an exterior junction box that I can just cement the PVC to. It's been a while since I looked but I couldn't find what I needed.
This ^^^ The general issues that Jeff notes combine to result in people saying "Oh, this is a GREAT repeater!" while others try it and say "Doesn't do anything!!" '
Back when repeaters really mattered to me (pre-C8) I tried the Ring range extender after many said how great it was. It never did anything in my home. I tried in two places and waited weeks and weeks, but nothing touched it. Meanwhile a little known plug (Hank Z-Wave plug) repeated wonderfully for me.
"...that works..." w/Z-Wave repeaters has seemed a very location-specific, and not something you can easily generalize across different environments.