Z-Wave Wall Controller (Switch) + Rule Machine

Is there a recommended approach for using a Z-Wave Controller like the Intermatic CA5100 to control other Switches?


Historically I've used the Aeon Minimote to setup direct association between the controller and a z-wave lamp module, but with the local processing of Hubitat, I thought it would be a cool use case of these devices to control both Z-wave and Zigbee devices simultaneously.

As might be expected, the Intermatic CA5100 fingerprint wasn't recognized, so I manually changed it to a Z-Wave switch and the on/off events from the controller were coming across as expected. One of the issues I found with this setup is if the Controller was already "on", further "on" presses of the controller would not trigger events / state changes in rules. This meant that if I turned off the remote load some other way, then I couldn't turn it back on unless the Controller was first switched "off" and then back "on".

From what I can tell, Rule Machine was looking for a state change, so I just put together a simple Z-Wave Controller driver based on a Z-Wave Switch controller and modified the physical button press events to have the isStateChange: true flag.

Is this a reasonable approach or would you guys recommend something different?

Finally, in Rule Machine, I wanted to have a single rule per Controller, so I setup the following. Is this a reasonable approach or is there a preferred/better way to do this?

I would change this device to a button contoller, that would allow you to use the button controller app.

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Fair point, Mike. Thanks for chiming in.

One very small point:

The zwave device class for this device is “Wall controller,” not just “controller.”

I know that seems trivial, but technically, there’s a really big distinction. :sunglasses: The hubitat hub is a “controller,” and holds the full set of address tables and can establish the network. A wall controller doesn’t support any of the controller command sets and doesn’t maintain the address tables: it just uses association or some of the scene command sets to control a specific subset of devices or to send scene codes to the primary controller .

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