The Go!Control Panel houses a built-in Z-Wave controller. Z-Wave is a ~900mhz frequency radio band used in a two-way mesh network to provide communication with automation devices. Devices include the following.
- Door Locks, such as the ZWave Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt
- In-Wall Lighting, such as the ZWave Aeon Labs Micro G2 Switch
- Thermostats, such as the ZWave CT100 Radio Thermostat
- Lighting/Appliance Control Modules, such as the ZWave 2Gig PS15Z-2 Appliance Module
- Sirens and other devices.
Each device in a ZWave network is designated as a numbered Node. These nodes operate wirelessly and are powered by a variety of means. Those powered by 120vAC, such as lighting and dedicated repeaters, extend the reach of the network and strengthen it by acting as wireless bridges. Commands sent by the 2Gig controller are picked up and re-transmitted. These are tremendously important where battery operated devices are used in mass.
For each door lock installed beyond the first, expect to require a repeating node or two. Battery operated nodes sleep when not in use to conserve power. Repeating nodes will amplify the controller’s signal to make sure the battery operated devices do not lose connection to the network.
A signal can make up to five “jumps” in a network to reach its intended node. Distance is a factor, so centrally locating the control panel is important, especially when designing larger systems.
If you ever have trouble with a Zwave device signal after it has been added to your network, the first troubleshooting step should be a network rediscovery. This will repair routes and find active devices. This is particularly useful if you are prone to wanting to move plug-in appliance modules to different locations periodically.