[quote=“integlikewhoa, post:9, topic:178142”]@jmar
Thanks for your input.
I’m still learning the best way to control my door, and altho there is many ways some just seem to be more complicated with multiple devices and such. I figured there has to be a reason why people would take the hard way, I just haven’t figured it out.
Tell me more about the encryption.
MIMOLite is a z-wave device same as a Z-Wave receptacle or outdoor Z-Wave modal. I was under the impression the modals used with your product (or that most people are using with your product) are going to be the same level of encryption as the MIMOlite. For example I have a extra GE Outdoor Modal currently that I could use your device with. (Christmas lights are down now and its sitting idle).
I’m thinking the encryption thing is mute, but I could be wrong.
I guess if I already have a garage door sensor tied in to an alarm system, that's tied to Vera (or a z-wave door sensor) and had an extra Z-wave modal it makes sense to spend 20.00 vs. 60.00 but If I started from scratch and added a zwave sensor to the door, plus an appliance modual of some sort, plus your product I would end up with with probably 100.00 into it and 3 different devices to accomplish the same thing.[/quote]
Most Z-Wave devices use an un encrypted communications. Door lock and other security devices and most of the Evolve branded products use an encrypted communications.
The reasons for encrypting the communications on is that it would be harder for someone other than your controller to control the security devices such as your locks, doors and alarm system in your home.
As with all Z-wave components, they act as a mesh and repeat signals to each other. This is great for a Z-W light switch that is pretty far from the controller as they all will repeat the signals of each other as a mesh and the signals will get back and forth to the Z-w light switch.
But if you only have only one encrypted Z-wave device such as one door lock, and that door lock is pretty far from the controller and you do not have an encrypted repeater such as an Evolve unit or other door lock in between the door lock and the controller the other Z-W components will not be able to repeat the encrypted traffic and their is a good chance the door lock will not work with the controller.
Apparently it is relatively easy for someone to sit outside your home and trip your door lock or garage door from outside your house if the devices are not encrypted. look on Youtube as their are videos of people doing this.
So if you are concerned about security at all and take the extra steps to encrypt your routers Wifi signal, you might want to think of encrypting your garage door and use an Evolve appliance module or other encrypted device.
Bottom line, Using Evolve or other encrypted Z-W devices does increase the range of the encrypted Z-W devices in your home.
But if you do not have any and do not plan on having any Z-W security products in your home, it may not be worth the money as they are slightly more than non encrypted devices.
It is one more layer of security to protect your home and keep bad people from opening your garage door.
So I guess it comes down to how serious are you with your security.