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Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:36 pm

So mine is now down to 5% as well. So that is almost 3 months on a charge. Not horrible, not that great either.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:07 pm

I do have the newer firmware running on mine. So maybe it is a firmware issue. They don't list what they changed with the newer firmware. You might try that and see what happens. I highly doubt the updated firmware would make the battery drain worse in your case.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by norcoscia » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:03 pm

Maybe be I just got one with a bad battery but not going to do it again. I have a cheap no name open / close sensor on my hall door that is opened many times a week and it is going on three years with the same battery. I just took a look at my Aeotec - an it is at 5%. Over priced POS if you ask me.
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Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:19 pm

norcoscia wrote:
I have one of those and agree it work great - but the battery life stinks - I need to charge mine ~every 3 months or so and I have it on a window I never open.....


This probably doesn't mean much, but I fully charged it and then installed it. In Indigo it still states the battery level is 100%. So it has been installed for about 6 weeks. That is about halfway to your 3 month timeframe you gave when your battery was dead. I guess I'll see what December brings in terms of if the battery starts to drop, the device needs to be recharged or it just keeps on going. I do have encryption enabled on mine; I'd assume that this would take more power.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:45 am

I'd just take the backup if I had to choose. At this having a backup you can use their software to restore on a new Z-stick.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by jay (support) » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:43 am

norcoscia wrote:
maybe Jay is fibbing :roll:


No, I was not fibbing. There are 2 issues here: one is backup/restore and the other is firmware updates. For many years, Aeotec refused to share any information about either. I'm not sure what the current state of getting this information from them is.

We are quite hesitant to do anything that could brick someone else's hardware (if Aeotec's software does it you can always get a replacement from them, but if it was us that bricked it they may not be as willing to replace it). As some of you have seen from Aeotec's own software, bad firmware flashes are a definite possibility. We may revisit this in the future, particularly if their own software seems to get more reliable at doing it.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:37 pm

I believe you just need to sign an NDA, etc. to get access to the secret sauce or sause if Matt/Jay likes Rudy's.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by norcoscia » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:32 pm

Do you know what HA platforms use it - maybe Jay is fibbing :roll:

Or my memory is getting worse :-)

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:29 pm

Here is an example:
https://aeotec.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/6000198943-nano-dimmer-firmware-update-5-16-2018-

As a part of our Gen5 range of products, Nano Dimmer (ZW111) is firmware upgradable. Some gateways will support firmware upgrades over-the-air (OTA) and have Nano Dimmer (ZW111) firmware upgrades packaged as part of their platform. For those that don't yet support such upgrades, Nano Dimmer (ZW111) firmware can be upgraded using Z-Stick from Aeotec or other such Z-Wave USB Adapters such as SmartStick+ from Homeseer, or UZB1 from Z-Wave.me and Microsoft Windows.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by norcoscia » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:23 pm

With the Anotec z-stick gen 5? Which ones?

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:21 pm

Apparently not that much of a secret as a couple of other HA platforms support firmware updates directly.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by norcoscia » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:26 pm

Yes, I updated something a while back - had to blow the dust off my old windows laptop, just not worth the time for something that might not matter anyway - I also wish it could be done via indigo. I sort of remember Jay saying that the process for doing that is a better kept secret than a winning BBQ sauce, so I doubt it will happen soon.

PS Plus I would hate to dork up my z-wave stick in the process.....

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:22 pm

I've done firmware updates on a nano dimmer switch, two dual nano switches and two Z-sticks. I've also done numerous backups of said Z-sticks. I did the last today since I've added three new devices and had to perform an update on the dual nano switches. So since I can't do it via Indigo I did the following. Added new devices via inclusion and configured in Indigo. I then pulled the Z-stick, did the firmware updates on the devices, then performed a backup. I then put the Z-stick back so Indigo has a Z-wave interface again. I then took the backup Z-stick and performed a restore from the backup I just took. This way if something happens to the primary Z-stick, I can just plug it in and off I go.

I just wish this could be done via Indigo. With firmware updates being a rare occurrence, I'd just take the backup and restore functionality in Indigo. If a Z-stick dies and you have a lot of devices, going and excluding and including everything will be a pain. If Indigo could handle the backup and restore, it could perform a daily backup or when there is a change in devices (i.e. inclusion or exclusion.)

I use my Blue Iris server to handle the above since it needs to be Windows anyway. Still a pain though.

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by norcoscia » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:49 pm

Thanks, but I can only imagine what a hassle that would be to implement - I'll just live with it or replace it with a Gen 5 open / close sensor....

I hope yours works better - maybe the newer firmware will make the battery last longer....

Re: Aeotec Window/Door Sensor 6

Post by lanbrown » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:46 pm

I'm in the American region, if you are you might want to contact Aeotec support to see if there is a firmware update available.

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