My current setup is
Coordinator hub - Wifi-Lan-Cloud Devices has ALL APPS, and about 90% of the rule machine rules on it. BOTH Zigbee and Zwave radios are turned off of this hub.
Zwave Hub - very few rule machine rules and Zigbee radio is turned off
Zigbee Hub - very few rule machine rules and Zwave radio is turned off.
All connected with HubConnect.
Since my coordinator hub died Thursday, I've began thinking of a preventive way for this if it were to ever happen again I would not be down for 5 days, and be back up and running as normal in hours.
The problem I currently have is if I were to just restore my Back up from the coordnator on one of my other 2 hubs, I would lose the currently paired devices..
So I've been thinking of merging the zigbee and zwave together on one hub and just having the "3rd hub" as a backup/replacement ONLY in the event one hub fails, but my issue here is I need a way to be able to clone my devices cough @csteele assistance please OR anyone else for that matter. Cloning the coordinator I don't "think" will be much issue.
I just received a zwave S2 usb stick and m in the process of looking at the possibility.....any help appreciated.
I second the idea of cloning a hub. I realize there would be risks like storing a saved hub may not have all the latest improvements, but I'm willing to take that risk. I have a very modest configuration compared to many people on this site, but one example is a dinning light fixture with 4 Singled bulbs. If the lockup of my hub is while the lights are out I have to bring out a ladder to change the bulbs as no switching at the source could recover the "On" state.
I have no trouble trying to keep a second up updated by myself to avoid a complete shutdown.
So I guess my first question is the zigbee/zwave pairing kept in the hub or the radio stick?(C4)
Zigbee is easy because there's nothing on the stick but the network number. Every zigbee device has a hard coded device I’d set at the factory, so it will always be the same. Just re-pair and it will go right back into it’s “slot” All your automations will run.
ZWave is where all the problems occur. The ZWave stick has a Database of device details and that doesn’t transfer easily. Having a 2nd zstick can help, but it doesn’t invisibly replace the primary zstick.
I’m out right now and this will take some typing. More than my iPad can cope with
NO problems man, I haven't even got my zwave stick set up yet, FYI I have all C-5's so this will be a secondary stick.
But that is only if you are able to move the stick from one hub to the other, correct? If your stick also dies, since there will be a new network created, it won't put them back in the same slot in the database, will it? (And I'm referring specifically to zigbee here, just in case that wasn't clear.)