Okay, I’ve written up a procedure for my own use to save me some time the next time I buy a newer ZWave device that doesn’t work in the Stable Release of OpenHab. Sorry if this is confusing but I hope it helps and doesn’t just confuse people further. I’m a beginner at OpenHab so I apologize if this is just complete garbage:
To locate a thing:
Search for things in:
If your thing can’t be found in the cd-jackson.com database, you need to find out how to submit a new thing to the database, get it included in the latest snapshot, and then update your OpenHab to the latest snapshot to use it.
If you find your thing, examine the comments at the bottom of the Database entry for the first entry or Dates below the “Endpoints” section to get an idea of when the thing was included in the database (?) and compare to date of the latest stable build (see below for location). (it would be nice if the database simply displayed the “Created Date” of a Thing).
If the Thing in the database is newer than the latest release date of the stable build, then you can short-cut the process below and just update to the latest snapshot. Just as a side note, Openhabian Pi has a config menu option for this.
Otherwise, if your item is in the database, you can find out if it’s in the stable build and/or the snapshot build by doing the following:
When a Thing is located in the database, the “Unique Reference” at the bottom of the Overview appears to be used in the thing’s file name when it goes into the build so note that value for later. Also, note the “References (Type:Id)” field.
Go get the version of OpenHab Addons that you want to find the thing in. The ZWave Binding Addon is the target to search in which can be found:
Current Release (months old):
ZWave ZIP file will look like “org.openhab.binding.zwave-2.1.0.zip”.
Latest Snapshot (days old):
ZWave KAR file will look like “openhab-addons-2.2.0-SNAPSHOT.kar”.
Download the ZIP or KAR file containing the ZWave distro from the above folder(s).
Search within the ZIP or KAR file using 7Zip or similar for an XML file in the path(s) below (approximate depending on the current build version, etc.) using the manufacturer name of the thing (e.g. “GE”) and the Unique Reference from the Database Overview (e.g. “outdoorswitch”). When you find an .XML file that you think matches your thing, open it and look for the manufacturer Type ID and compare to “References (Type:Id)” field from the Device Overview (e.g. - “4F50:3032”).
The folder within the ZIP or KAR to search in is:
ZWave ZIP of Current Stable Release:
OpenHab Snapshot (2.2):
If your thing can be found in the database but not in the Stable Release or the SnapShot Release, you need to wait it out until it is included in the SnapShot and then update to the SnapShot.
Hope this helps and doesn’t just add to folks’ confusion.