I am running OpenHAB2 on VMware and controlling things exclusively via IP. (Hue v2, Sonos, TV , AMP)
I want to add some Z-Wave devices, but not via USB as this takes away some virtualization benefits. Presentation is via HomeKit to iOS devices with openHAB2 doing some of the more complex rules.
This is a very interesting suggestion and I’ve spent some time looking into it.
As all my physical servers are ESX only i don’t have a USB source server. I looked at dedicated hardware for USB over IP, but this we more expensive than a Z-Wave controller.
So i think what i still want is a Z-wave controller, that could be self sufficient, but also allows for programmatic/API control from openHAB. i.e. a loosely coupled system
Presentation and control is all being pushed up via homekit.
One of the possibilities is raspberry pi plus a z-way daughterboard, as now there are z-way binding available.
the z-way software stack can communicate with openhab via binding over network, and do all the heavylifting of z-wave controlling. the cost for this solution is approx 80-90 eur
Personally I use vera edge controller to do the same thing, using mios binding from openhab. But Vera edge controller costs a bit more, like 130 euro more or less.
Both of those sound ideal. Thank you.
However I was running out of time and ordered a Aeon labs Z stick gen5.
Openhab on Unbuntu 16.04 is able to see it through VMware esx 6.0. ( in case that helps anyone else)