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Problems with GE/Jasco 45600 and 45601 Z-wave remotes
Posted 26 June 2011 - 01:28 PM
45600/45601 looked like an attractive proposition because they were so cheap ($13-20) I could put one or two of them in every room.
Issue with GE 45601:
Any time I add/remove devices, I need to push the change out from the primary controller to the secondary controllers. (Right?)
If I remove an appliance module and then hit "ALL OFF" on the 45601 without updating the controller, it turns off the remaining devices but reports "FAILURE". I am assuming this is because the secondary controllers do not know that the AM has disappeared from the Z-Wave network, and so they time out looking for it.
To update the secondary controller, I do: SETUP -> TRANSFER -> RECEIVE. On the PC I click "include device". This succeeds:
- The PC detects that I tried to "add" the existing 45601
- The 45601 receives the network topology update from the PC
- The 45601 no longer shows "FAILURE" when I hit "ALL ON" or "ALL OFF"
But... this also erases all of the keypad button mappings on the 45601. i.e. every light/group/scene button now says "EMPTY" again
I do not want to reprogram every button on every remote each time I add/remove a light switch or appliance module. There are occasions when I want to temporarily add a node to the Z-Wave network, then unplug it in a day or two.
Is there a way around this?
In lieu of SETUP -> TRANSFER -> RECEIVE, I have tried:
45601 side: SETUP -> NETWORK -> RECOVERY (result: immediate FAIL message)
45601 side: SETUP -> NETWORK -> UPDATE (result: immediate FAIL message)
45601 side: SETUP -> NETWORK -> SEND INFO (result: SUCCESS message, but "ALL ON" remains broken)
45601 side: SETUP -> NETWORK -> RESET (result: this completely resets the controller to factory defaults)
PC side: Network -> Program stick to match file, then click Yes to optimize the network (result: success, but 45601 "ALL ON" is still broken)
PC side: Network -> Program entire network (result: success, but 45601 "ALL ON" is still broken)
Issue with GE 45600:
I am able to add the 45600 to the network. ALL ON / ALL OFF work (and succeed until I remove a module, as above). But I am not able to associate any devices to the keys (e.g. SETUP -> ADD -> LIGHT -> 1). The green LED just keeps blinking, even after I have pressed the button on the AM.
The same issue was reported here:
My initial setup used a 45601 as the primary controller, and I never had this problem. It only popped up when I used the USB stick as the primary.
I only see this on 45600 secondaries, not 45601 secondaries. Possible firmware bug?
Any thoughts on the topic would be appreciated...
Posted 08 November 2011 - 07:32 PM
Posted 10 November 2011 - 02:43 PM
Bottom line is that with my ThinkStick as the primary, I was never able to get the 600 to work as a secondary. However, I did get the 601 (with the LCD) to work.
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