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--USING Z-WAVE--

 
Please note that most functions described below are also described under pages Z-Wave and Z-Wave: Settings
 
Introduction
 
Brightswitches can communicate over both Wi-Fi and Z-Wave.  Brightswitch has four extra "slots" that can control other Z-Wave or Wi-Fi devices or Brights.
 
Initially when first setup on the same Wi-Fi network, Brights are available to each other using Wi-Fi.  In this setup, each Bright also has its own local Z-Wave network.  This means that each Bright can control Z-Wave switches and lights around it. Each of these Z-Wave devices is then automatically shared between the Brights over Wi-Fi.  For example, a Bright in the living room can control a Z-Wave light added by the Bright in the bedroom.
 
Optionally and if they are in range of each other, Brights may join together in one Z-Wave network. In the Z-Wave set up screen there will be a "+" shortcut available next to the name of the other Bright.  Pressing it will add it to the local Bright's network without requiring physically traveling to the other Bright. Adding Brights together over Z-Wave does not break the Wi-Fi connection.  Therefore if either Z-Wave or Wi-Fi is interrupted, the connection between the Brights is maintained.
 
Another option for Z-Wave is to connect Brights to a hub.  In this arrangement, central control of the Brights is handled by the smart home hub.  However, if Brights are still connected to the same Wi-Fi network, they can still control each other as well.  Some hubs will share their other Z-Wave devices with the Brightswitch. In this case, if they are lights or light switches, they can be added and controlled by one of the Brightswitch slots. Use of the "?" shortcut on the Z-Wave setup screen will update the Bright information about the network. Finally, these devices can be shared and controlled over Wi-Fi to other Brights even if they are not on the Z-Wave network.
 
Brightswitch can control other Z-Wave devices, and also be controlled.
 
Brightswitch can control Switches and dimmable switch types of Z-Wave devices.  It can add any Z-Wave device.
 
Brightswitch can also be controlled if it receives basic Z-Wave commands. It can turn on or off or dim a light wired to its base.
 
Brightswitch can report the condition of its light to other Z-Wave devices, get the value of controlled Z-Wave devices and set the value of other Z-Wave devices.
 
Brightswitch as a Z-Wave Device
 
Brightswitch is a multi-channel Sub-Static Controller. Bright supports 1 channel of Generic Z-Wave type: GENERIC_TYPE_SWITCH_MULTILEVEL and Specific type: SPECIFIC_TYPE_POWER_SWITCH_MULTILEVEL.
Supported Command Classes: CC Switch Multilevel
 
This means Brightswitch has two channels - Root Device and Channel 1.  One that allows it to be controlled as a dimming light switch, and one that presents it as a controller.
 
In a Brightswitch Z-Wave network, products from different manufacturers and product categories can be a part of the same Z-Wave network, and different non-battery powered nodes can act as repeaters regardless of manufacturers.
 
The Brightswitch Network - The Association CC
 
There are five "slots" or devices in a Brightswitch Z-Wave network or Association Group.
 
These devices share a common code and comprise the Brightswitch Z-Wave network.
 
Each device in the network will carry a different ID code. Brightswitch will be the primary device with the ID code 1.
 
Brightswitch sends a Device Reset as a local notification when a reset occurs.
 
Bright sends Switch Multilevel Report command, when a local light is changed
 
Brightswitch Z-Wave Functions  - Please note that these functions are also described under pages Z-Wave and Z-Wave: Settings
 
Command Controls -  Please also see the pages SINGLE SWITCH DISPLAY and MULTI-SWITCH DISPLAY
 
On the single switch display touch the white orb to turn the light on, the black orb to turn the light off and slide the blue orb up and down to dim the light.
 
On the multi-switch display touch the circle to the left of the light name to toggle the light on and off. Touch the room name to expose a slider to drag left and right to change the dim setting.
 
On the security display, after armed, a change in an attached switch sensor such as a window sensor will activate the entrance delay and after the countdown, will activate the alarm.
 
Add a device to Brightswitch (Inclusion): 2 and 3 below will add the device to a slot.
 
(Also please see Z-Wave Settings chapter)
 
1) From the main screen select Gear, then Connections, then Z-Wave. Then  select the "Edit Network" button, then "Add a Device".(See Z-Wave chapter) (This will add it to the list but not a slot)
2) From the main screen select Gear, then Switches, then select an empty slot, then Tap here for list, then "Add New Z-Wave Device"
3) From the main screen select an empty slot, (using gray "+" or "Tap Here to Setup"), then "Tap here for list", then "Add New Z-Wave Device"
 
- Alternatively, to add a Brightswitch on the same Z-wave network, from the Z-Wave page press the "+" shortcut next to the Brightswitch.
 
After starting this process on Brightswitch, go to the device to be added and follow its instructions for adding it to a new network. This may be pressing a button, installing a battery or following the instructions in the device manual. Once Brightswitch finds the device it will return to the Z-Wave screen and display the device.
 
Remove a device from Brightswitch (Exclusion): All of the following will also remove the device from its slot.
 
(Also please see Z-Wave Settings chapter)
 
1) From the main screen select Gear, then Connections, then Z-Wave. (See Z-Wave chapter). Then select the "Edit Network" button, then "Remove a Device".
2) From the main screen select Gear, then Switches, then select an empty slot, then Tap here for list, select the device, then "Clear this Bright" or "Delete Switch"
3) From the main screen select an empty slot (using gray "+" or "Tap Here to Setup"), then "Tap here for list", select a device, then "Clear this Bright" or "Delete Switch"
 
- Alternatively, to remove a Brightswitch or device on the same Z-Wave network, from the Z-Wave page press, the "-" shortcut next to the Brightswitch or device.
 
After starting this process on Brightswitch, go to the device to be removed and follow its instructions for removing it from a network. This may be pressing a button, installing a battery or following the instructions in the device manual. Once Brightswitch removes the device it will return to the Z-Wave screen.
 
Please note, this process will also work on devices not associated with the Brightswitch network to clear their associations with other networks.
 
To clear or delete a Brightswitch network (Factory Reset).
 
From the main screen select Gear, then Connections, then Z-Wave, then "Edit *name*'s Network" (name is the name of the network). Next, select either "Z-Wave Reset *name*" or "Delete Entire *name*'s Network". 
 
Please note this process will break connections to all Z-Wave devices and they will need to be removed or reset individually before they can be added to another network.  Also note that selecting "Delete Entire *name*'s Network" will instruct other Brightswitches on the network to reset their own Z-Wave processors, clearing all associations.
 
Including or Removing Brightswitch from a network (Such as adding or removing Brightswitch from a Smart Home hub)
 
From the main screen select Gear, then Connections, then Z-Wave.  Next, start the add or remove device process on the hub, then press the "Edit *name*'s Network" and "Start Learn Mode" buttons on Brightswitch. Wait until the process completes. Use the "?" mark displayed on the Z-Wave page on Brightswitch to update its knowledge about the Z-Wave network.
 
Brightswitch and the hub will share information about the devices they already have. Some hubs (such as a SIS hub) will allow Brightswitch to continue to add additional Z-Wave devices, some will not.  Z-Wave devices on the hub that are shared with Brightswitch will be available on the Brightswitch Wi-Fi network.
 
Transfering primary controller Function from Brightswitch to another Controller or Hub
 
If Brightswitch is the primary controller in a network, this process will transfer that role to the other controller or hub in the network. After this shift some controllers will still allow Brightswitch to add and remove devices (such as SIS controllers), while other controllers will not.
 
From the main screen select Gear, then Connections, then Z-Wave, then "Edit *name*'s Network", then select "Controller Shift". Next follow the instructions on the other controller to accept the new role (Normally by selecting "Learn Mode".)