Hi =) I wanted to create a thread for sharing experiences with z-wave sticks, to find out which is the best one for the use with OpenHab =). I want to invite everyone to contribute and share his/her experiences with various z-wave sticks, to prevent opening up issues with known bugs/missbehaviour of various hardware. Here are the sticks I’ve tested, and what my Experience was with them:
1. zwave.me stick [razberry] (for raspberry-pi)
This one was the worst I’ve tested. The binding recognizes the stick correctly and shows it’s online, but the z-wave plus features of it do not work. This leads to an incorrect network map, and network-wide inclusion doesn’t seem to work. The Stick would theoretically be updatable, but only when you install the z-way server on your pi (which I did not do). I tried to install the z-way software on windows, which was a complete disaster -> It’s even reported as a trojan by Windows-defender, and even with deactivating all the firewall, the software never started to work…Even if you don’t use z-wave plus, some nodes will go offline after some time. I ended up sending the stick back to Amazon. I absolutely would not use it with OpenHab again. Strangely all features of the stick worked on PC, so I suspect that the Serial of the stick has some kind of bug (which is not updatebale without major hussle).
2. Aetec Z-Stick Gen 5 (tested with Raspberrypi)
This stick works pretty well if you do not attach it directly to the pi, but with an usb-hub! also see here: Z-Wave Binding..."Issues" with Aeotec Z-Stick Gen 5 [Z-Wave] #1415. The Stick runs absolutely stable, and all features are usable. I think with OpenHab 3, even the problem with removing nodes directly over the interface seems to be solved (I only tried it once, but it seemed to work). Secure-Inclusion works as well as z-wave plus.
2. Aetec Z-Stick Gen 5+ (tested with Raspberrypi)
This stick is simillar to the gen 5, but WORKS WITHOUT USB HUB ON PI so you can directly attach it. The only downside of the Gen 5 Sticks are the size but besides that, they work extremly well with OpenHab! This is far the best Stick I’ve tested with OpenHab, and I would always use this one!
What are your experiences? Have you tested other brands? How did they work? Where they stable? Did they show any “weird” behaviour? Comment below and let’s find “the best” stick for OH =)