Background here, I'm coming from a Wink 2 system. I have a mix of Lutron Caseta switches, Z-Wave Switches (Leviton and GE/Jasco, mostly "Binary" switches), Z-Wave Locks (Kwiskset 912 and Schlage FBE469NX), and Z-Wave sensors (Dome and Wink, which I think are Dome). I also have an August Lock (non-Pro, older, w Connect) and Ecobee thermostat. I have a pretty spread out configuration in a large old farm house that has been expanded over the year. I generally had no problem with Z-Wave performance with my Wink 2, even to my most distant Z-Wave switches, sensors, and locks.
I first moved all my Lutron Caseta to a SmartBridge Pro2. That was a piece of cake and worked perfectly. The Luton bridge is in the exact same location as my Wink 2 (central/front wiring closet) and all switches worked fine.
Next, I worked on Z-Wave. Wow was this a nightmare. I knew the Z-Wave performance of the Hubitat C7 is weaker, but holy cow it is down right pathetic. I took me a full day of struggling to exclude/include all my switches. I had to constantly move the C7 all over the house. It literally had to be 10 feet or less from each switch to add (luckily I have structured wiring all over). The Wink I never once moved from its central location. The Leviton switches were easiest to exclude/include. The GE were a pain (they are older). I would remove them from Wink and then they would constantly reappear in Wink as "Switch". It was a constant battle with those. I ended up using exclusion mode in the C7 most of the time to get those un-programmed and re-programmed.
The Z-Wave locks were the hardest. The hub had to be almost within inches of the locks to add them. But I got them both added. The Z-Wave sensors were the easiest because obviously I could move them close to the hub and then put them back in place.
All that said, I have gotten ALL my Z-wave stuff moved. Early this year I had some water damage from a leak and while the walls were down I pulled some more Cat6. Luckily, I had one run in a cavity dead-center of the first floor where I have a humidifier. There is power there too. So I concentrated the cable and put the C7 in there. Things seem to have calmed down so far with my Z-Wave environment, the mesh seems to be working and my sensors outside seem to be properly triggering the lights.
So my questions...
Is this Z-Wave performance with the C7 normal? What should I do to improve it (aeotec repeater?)? I think I may wait and see at this point how things pan out. Side note, is there a good way to monitor the Z-Wave mesh performance?
My Kwikset 912 Lever Lock (Z-Wave Plus Model) was detected as a "Schlage FE599/BE369 Lock". Is that normal? I see no Kwikset 912 in the lock list. It seems to work though.
Status sometimes doesn't always update on the Kwikset. For example, if I lock it through the web interface, the status seems to show unlocked unless I do a refresh. Is that normal?
Do I have any options for my August Lock w/ Connect? My needs are basic, I want an unlock event at night to trigger turning on various lights, that's it (although, truth be told, all the lights are Lutron Caseta that I want to turn on and I could use Apple HomeKit to do it since both August and Lutron support HomeKit, but that just further complicates my configuration).
All my Leviton and GE/Jasco On/Off (non-dimmer) switches were detected as "Generic Z-Wave Switch" (GE) or "Generic Z-Wave Smart Switch" (Leviton). Is that normal? What is the difference between Smart and non-Smart? I do have one Leviton Z-Wave Dimmer and that one was properly detected as "Leviton DZ6HD Z-Wave Dimmer".
I haven't done the Luton integration yet, that is my next step, as I want the Z-Wave Locks and Sensors to turn on Caseta lights. I also wouldn't mind some advice on sensors going forward. The only reason I used the Dome ones in the past was because they were the only ones that were supported with Wink.
One thing is for sure, I'll never buy a Z-Wave light switch again! Caseta from here on out!
Sorry for the long post, tried to summarize as best I could!