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Controlling Z-Wave.Me KFOB and Wall Controller
7. August 2015
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The KFOB/Wall Controller is a Z-Wave controller. It can work as primary controller (means, managing its own network without Gateway) or it can act as a controller in a network managed by a gateway. The device can serve multiple purposes:

  1. Trigger numbered scenes in the gateway (as secondary controller)
  2. Control devices directly without any gateway (as primary controller)
  3. Control devices directly as programmed by a Gateway (as secondary controller

Most users will run the device in scenario 1. That’s why the controller is set on default for exactly this function. Using the controller in scenarios 2 or 3 requires changing configuration values.

The device supports advanced secure and normal communication. This is decided on inclusion.

Inclusion

  1. Hit Button 1 for one second: Include the controller with advanced security into a gateway (this should be normal way)
  2. Hit Button 2 for one second: Include the controller without advanced security into a gateway
  3. Hit Button 3 for one second: Include a new device into this controller with advanced security
  4. Hit Button 4 for one second: Include a new device into this controller without advanced security.

Mode 1 – act as scene controller for a gateway

Assuming the gateways defines certain scenes or bulk operations they can be triggered using the commands from the controller. On default the controller will send scene ID 1 for button 1, ID 2 for button 2 and so on.

The controller is using a modern way to communicate scene IDs, so called „Central Scene IDs“. Older Gateways may not yet support this new style of scenes. Therefore the controller supports two legacy ways to trigger scenes, so called ‚predefined scenes’.

In order to activate these legacy scene controls some configuration work is needed.

  1. Change configuration parameter 11 …14 from previous value 8 (central scene) to value 4 (predefined scenes)
  2. Add the gateways Node ID into the Association groups 2 … 5, referred to as button group A, B, C, D
  3. Don’t forget to wakeup the controller to program the changes. (Pushing all four buttons for one second until green LED blinks, then hit button 2)

Mode 2 – act as stand-alone primary controller

If you want to use the device as stand alone controller you can only directly switch other mains powered devices such as switches, dimmers or door locks.

  1. Include the new device using button 3 or button 4 as mentioned above
  2. The new device will automatically be assigned to button group A (button 1 and 3 for on and off) and the controller will detect what commands need to be sent in order to properly operate the included device. No further work is needed!

All subsequent devices need to be included using the most complicated inclusion method for primary controller (management mode, button3 followed by button 1) AND they needs to be assigned to the desired association group. Refer to the manual for details.

Mode 3 – direct control as secondary controllers

It is also possible to directly control other device while being a secondary controller of a gateway. However certain configuration steps must be done

  1. Change configuration parameters 11…14 to 2 (only if the controlled device is a dimmer or motor control), otherwise to 1
  2. Add the device to bwe3 controlled into the desired association group (group A is controlled with button 1 and 3, B is controller with buttons 2 and 4)
  3. Don’t forget to wakeup the controller to program the changes. (Pushing all four buttons for one second until green LED blinks, then hit button 2)

Mixing modes

It is possible to combine scene control with direct control. Just select the right association groups and configuration options.

It is also possible to change the way the buttons are handled. On default all buttons send a scene command when the controller is included as secondary controller and the two buttons 1+3 and 2+4 can control two different groups of devices. Changing configuration parameters 1, and 2 allow to change this into controlling one group of device with one button only.


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