Lots of threads here advise to add ZWave repeaters to improve on ZWave locks stability, but I have a reverse question. I stumbled on a user’s report on Amazon that ever since adding a GoControl ZWave thermostat in the repeater mode it made his smart lock drain batteries, possibly because the thermostat broadcasts frequent updates on temperature changes... I also have a Zwave lock and I don’t have any issues with it, it’s close to the hub and no need for a ZWave range extender. I’m about to install the GoControl ZWave thermostat, and I wonder if I would be better off adding it in the non-repeater mode in my case (by adding it before I connect it to the 24V wire).
In other words, if I don’t have any issues with my ZWave devices today, why bother adding a ZWave repeater and bring unnecessary risks to my already stable network? Do Zwave repeaters improve on the connectivity at the expense of draining batteries faster? Any opinions?