An alternative to the remote is possible for much cheaper, if you have an easily portable computer like a laptop. I use the ControlThink Think Essentials application. See http://www.controlth...hinkessentials/
I use the Think Essentials, not the Professional Edition, and I'm able to setup the Z-wave network. The current pricing, which is about $50.00 includes a great USB Z-wave adapter that has the ControlThink branding but is manufactured by Wayne-Dalton. The USB adpater is firmware upgradeable and also works fantastically with my Windows Vista x64 edition computer. It supports the 4x (40Kbps) devices as well as being able to support the earlier 1x (9.6kbps) Z-wave devices.
I went this route, as I wanted the primary operation of all the lighting to occur from the M1G. A remote can be picked up and used, but I am also trying to reduce confusion for the family by not having dozens of remotes around for all the various AV equipment, let alone more for lighting.
How does the Elk control that USB stick?
Been away for a little while, sorry for the late reply. The USB stick is not used by the Elk control at all. What it does do is provide you a way to setup your Z-wave network with the stick as a "primary" control. If you already own a portable primary remote, then it's redundant. But if you already own a laptop, the USB and ControlThink software is cheaper than an VRCPG-SG for example. Once you have your Z-wave network setup, then you can have the Elk M1G control it with the Leviton serial interface.
That's all that it's for (the USB dongle that is).
Sorry if my post made the impression that the USB works directly with the M1G.
Once my Z-wave network is setup I need to add it to the seria interface and then I use the LumenLink software Johnnynine wrote, see his post here: http://www.cocoontec...p...st&p=100524
Edited by HighTest, 20 April 2009 - 08:28 PM.