I’m testing some other software based controllers that use a zwave stick. But don’t want to do this without always still having the Vera a working solution.
I’m wondering if the below would work, please comment;
My idea is to do a controller shift (after backing up the Vera) and have the stick receive the zwave network (this is basically the same as upgrading from eg Vera Lite to vera Plus). The VeraPlus will then be secondary and the stick will contain the zwave network of the Vera. I then switch off the Vera and ‘test’ with the new setup. When done testing, restore a backup on the Vera and switch off the test system.
Would this work? Most important , would restoring the backup (incl. the zwave network) put the Vera back in primary mode?
I’d recommend that you make the stick a secondary controller, not using controller shift, but rather like adding a battery operated controller. This will copy the Z-Wave network information form Vera to the secondary controller stick, without affecting Vera or Vera’s role in the network.
The other software should not care that it is using a secondary controller. The only restriction is that you won’t be able to add new Z-Wave devices with the secondary controller. You can then simply power of Vera, if you want, to avoid conflicting programming logic while you play with other software.
When you are finished playing, turn off the secondary controller software, or don’t, and turn on Vera.
I feel a bit stupid asking this but what do I do with the Z-stick? Plug into the Vera? Leave it connected to the HS PC? Disconnected full from any? But how do i then put it in inclusion mode? Can’t find that in the manual