Alarm.com Limits for Z-Wave Devices

Alarm com Limits for Z Wave Devices


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In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid talks about the Alarm.com limits for Z-Wave devices. Alarm.com only allows you to pair 122 Z-Wave devices from a single ...


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hi diy-ers this is michael from alarm grid and today i'm going to be talking about z-wave device limits on alarm.com so alarm.com actually has a limit of the number of z-wave devices that can be pushed from the panel to alarm.com for remote z-wave control through the alarm.com mobile app and the alarm.com website and this uh z-wave device limit is actually 122 z-wave devices um when you add 122 z-wave devices to your panel whatever panel it may be that's used with alarm.com it will push over all 122 z-wave devices but if you go and add a 123rd z-wave device then it won't get pushed over to alarm.com uh it will only be on the panel for local control and you won't be able to do remote control for through the alarm.com mobile app and um through the alarm.com website so if you were out and about you wanted to turn your lights on and they happen to be the 123rd z-wave device then you wouldn't be able to control them uh remotely so that's that's a big limitation right there so um what you want to do is you want to make sure that you if you do get up in that high number of z-wave devices which is pretty rare by the way most most people don't really exceed 40 or 50 or so even that's that's pretty high but if you do get up there into the 122 device range um and you want to make sure the first devices you add um are the ones that you want to be able to control remotely and then add the devices that you only need for local control at the panel last um so if you do exceed that that limit say you get up to 122 z devices and then you wanted to add another device and you really wanted that device to be used for remote control what would you would have to do is you would have to delete a z-wave device from your panel and then have alarm.com update so then it's under 122 z-wave devices and then add that device that you really want to be available for remote control uh to your panel have alarm.com update again and then that that will be available and then you can add whatever devices that you only need for local control at the panel so it's kind of a process to follow if you get that high up um so there are also limits for panels they have their own limits for z-wave devices the qolsys iq panel 2 and iq panel 2 plus you can add up to 152 z-wave devices um for 2gig um it's actually the the max limit the 232 z-wave devices 232 is the standard limit for a z-wave controller but for the 2gig panels so the gc3e gc2e gc3 uh go control um you're rarely gonna you're not really gonna want to exceed 40 50 z-wave devices when you start getting above that you can add up to 232 technically but adding more than 50 or so you'll start getting into performance issues so it's really not recommended and like i said uh most most people really aren't going to add that many z-wave devices um it's it's rare that you get up there but it's it's 122 z-wave devices that's that's the limit for alarm.com and they put these uh limits into place uh for networking and latency considerations uh just for performance um so it's just to keep everything running smoothly so they do this in your best interest they want to make sure that you have a good experience using your z-wave devices for remote control so they put these limits in place um there are some exceptions um for certain z-wave devices for thermostats you usually can't have more than five on a single alarm.com panel being for being pushed over for remote control um there is an exception um if you have an iq panel 2 or iq panel 2 plus on firmware version system firmware version 2.3.0 or higher uh the current version is 2.5.3 as of october 2020. so most most users have upgraded past 2.3.0 and then the limit becomes 10 thermostats z-wave thermostats so that that's just something to keep in mind um adding more than then five z-wave thermostats on a different panel or 10 on the iq2 with minimum system firmware can result in weird behavior so just you don't want to do that and most people are just going to have one thermostat maybe a couple if they have a larger home or business but that is something to keep in mind uh just be aware of those uh thermostat limits 10 on the iq2 and 5 on other panels um and just just so you know door locks don't repeat z-wave signals so they won't really strengthen your mesh network so it can be a good idea to have another z-wave device nearby your door lock as a repeater maybe just a plug-in lamp module if you need to add something in quickly so that's just another thing to keep in mind but the alarm.com z-wave device limit it's 122 z-wave devices per panel so just keep that in mind 122. if you want to if you're if you're at that limit and you need to add another one that you really want for remote control then like i said delete some devices so you get under that 122 device limit then add your extra ones have alarm.com update get them all on there and then you can add your devices for local control last and they won't be pushed over to alarm.com so that's the alarm.com z-wave device limit if you have any questions about home automation z-wave devices or alarm.com send an email to support alarmgrid.com if you found this video helpful make sure to give it a thumbs up below to like the video and remember to subscribe to our channel for updates on future videos we hope you enjoyed the video thank you


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