Home Automation Button Controllers
If you have a smart home automation network of Z-Wave devices, then you might consider using home automation button controllers to make your life more convenient. These devices are completely optional, but many users like to use them as smart home controllers. You can configure these devices to activate individual Z-Wave devices or entire home automation scenes. These controllers are easy to use and setup, making them perfect for DIY users.
Before using a home automation button controller, you will need to join with your network. Most of these devices use Z-Wave technology when communicating, so you will need to pair it with your Z-Wave network. You will want to exclude the device before attempting to pair it. Many devices are paired with networks before leaving the factory for testing purposes. Clearing the sensor first will help ensure that it can enroll successfully.
However, not all home automation button controllers are used for Z-Wave devices. A prime example is the Lutron Caseta controllers that are used to activate Lutron Lights. You should check and make sure that the home automation button controller you are purchasing can perform the actions you want. Some devices may not be compatible with the home automation network you are trying to build around. Checking what smart home frequency your automation button controller works with is very important.
When setting up a home automation button controller, you generally have two options for how you will use it. You can use it as a mounted switch or a carry-around remote controller. Either way, programming the controller is still the same. This will just effect how you go about using the sensor. Either option is perfectly acceptable, and it will really depend on your own needs and how you plan to use the sensor.
Using a home automation button controller as a carry-around remote controller can be very convenient. As long as you are within range, you will be able to activate your smart home devices. You can carry the remote with you so that you can activate your smart home devices from other rooms. However, you will want to make sure that you do not lose your remote. It can be very inconvenient to find that your smart home button controller has gone missing.
Another option is to mount your home automation button controller to a wall, kind of like a switch for controlling a light or a fan. This can be pretty cool to show off to your friends. You press a hardwired button on the wall to activate a scene that locks your door and turns down the thermostat. The possibilities are endless. And with the switch mounted to the wall, you won't lose or misplace it. However, you will only be able to use the controller from that one spot. You might want to buy multiple controllers so that you can set them up in different spots.