Z-Wave Settings

You may wish to modify the Z-Wave settings in your ozw*.xml file (stored in the .homeassistant configuration directory), or certain situations/devices may require it (i.e. Aeon Multisensor 6). To do this, utilize Open-Zwave Control Panel. Alternatively, use Domoticz, which incorporates the Open-Zwave Control Panel project into an easy to use Raspberry Pi image.

The reasoning for using these tools is that your Z-Wave controller stores the values and data that are used to control the network. The XML file in the .homeassistant configuration directory acts as a settings/values cache for the Z-Wave network, so modifying it directly won’t change the network values. The Open-Zwave Control Panel writes values directly to the network and will provide you with an updated .xml file to overwrite in your .homeassistant configuration directory. This is the most foolproof way to make modifications to your Z-Wave devices.

It’s totally normal for your Z-Wave stick (Aeon Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 for example) to cycle through its LEDs (Yellow, Blue and Red) while plugged into your system. If you don’t like this behaviour it can be turned off.

Use the following example commands from a terminal session on your Pi where your Z-Wave stick is connected.

Turn off “Disco lights”:

$ echo -e -n "\x01\x08\x00\xF2\x51\x01\x00\x05\x01\x51" > /dev/serial/by-id/usb-0658_0200-if00

Turn on “Disco lights”:

$ echo -e -n "\x01\x08\x00\xF2\x51\x01\x01\x05\x01\x50" > /dev/serial/by-id/usb-0658_0200-if00