I'm not sure this is the proper place to ask ,so if I need to repost somewhere else, please let me know.
I am moving into a new home in about 1 week and I will be using HE for automation of lights / fans. All of my in wall mounted devices are Z-Wave Plus (GE) I have been installing the switches /dimmers in the walls without including them into the HE. I plan to move the HE into the house next week and will add each switch (one at a time) to the HE. I don't think this will be a issue. I am installing a number of leak detectors I plan to use with HSM.
I have also installed a Ring Alarm. All of the contact sensors and keypads are Z-Wave Plus also. The alarm is up and running. I placed the "base station" in a central location and added each sensor as I placed them around the house. Ring does not give me any indication of the health of the mesh but I know everything is reporting to the base station properly.
Now comes my concern. I have been reading the community until my eyes bleed and I ran across a link to this https://drzwave.blog/2017/01/20/seven-habits-of-highly-effective-z-wave-networks-for-consumers/ Pretty good info and not much I haven't already learned from the community. In reading the comments I ran across this:
January 9, 2018 / 7:00 pm
Will multiple Z-wave mesh’s piggyback off each other?
I have a single hub at the moment, my alarm panel that controls door locks/cameras/perimeter sensors/etc. But it’s pretty much locked down to a very small feature set and doesn’t play well when I put other devices on it (smart plugs/switches/lighting/etc). So I’m looking at getting another hub to control everything that isn’t security related, either a ST or a Pi with Hass.io and a Zwave/Zigbee stick.
If I went this route, would this require me to build another mesh with just the devices talking to the new ST/Hassio hub or would both mesh networks be able to bounce off each other to communicate with their respective nodes?
January 9, 2018 / 7:17 pm
If you build two Z-Wave networks with the the security items related on one and the lights/thermostats/sensors on the other, then the two networks are separate and will not utilize each other for the mesh. Worse, you now have two networks that will interfere with each other.
You should be able to get all these devices on one Z-Wave network though. The security panel should be able to join another network or allow another hub to connect to it. Then you have 2 hubs on 1 network and it is up to you to manage who is in charge of which devices.
The best solution however is to get all the devices controlled via one hub – SmartThings, HomeSeer, Vera, Iris, Nexia, will all do what you are looking for. Homeseer has several plugins for certain security panels.
I bolded the comment that concerns me. Will I have two Z-Wave networks that will interfere with each other? I plan to use the unofficial ring integration so that HE is aware of alarm status (mostly readonly). Should I try to include HE into the Ring Base Station (not even sure that is possible) Am I overthinking this? I have no real experience with Z-Wave other then my IT and radio background. The alarm is important to the wife and the HE is my main interest. In other words, the wife will win if I am going to have a problem.