Z-Wave – Configuration parameters

Z-Wave Configuration Parameters

What are Z-Wave Configuration Parameters?

In a nutshell, Configuration Parameters (or sometimes called variables) refer to the number of tweakable settings that determine how a Z-Wave device functions. Depending on your device, you can adjust switch type, LED colour, wake-up time, sensor reporting time, associations (and many more) through its corresponding parameter.

And while each Z-Wave device has its own unique set of configuration parameters (its own fingerprint), similar devices will share parameters that control the same function. The below images show the ‘no motion’ time parameter for a Fibaro Motion Sensor and a Aeotec MultiSensor 6.

Fibaro 'no motion' parameter.

Fibaro 'no motion' parameter.

Aeotec 'no motion' parameter.

Note: The above 'no motion' parameter for the Fibaro and Aeotec motion sensors has a different parameter number and description - but they do the same thing. Also note that in your Z-Wave controller, the same parameter may instead be represented by different names and descriptions rather than numbers.

Understanding what these parameters are, where to find them, their functions and when/how to adjust them will enable you to get the most out of your Z-Wave devices. A full list of tweakable ‘Configuration Parameters’ for a given device can typically be found in the devices user-manual, or through a quick Google search.

Changing Z-Wave Configuration Parameters

Thankfully, changing the configuration parameters within all Z-Wave systems is usually a relatively simple process, roughly consisting of the below 5 steps…
  • Locate the 'configuration parameters' section in the hub/controller application.
  • Understand the parameter you wish to modify (the user-manual or manufacturers online resources are useful here).
  • Adjust the parameter value to the desired value.
  • Save the changes and for battery operated Z-Wave devices, "wake" them up so they can receive the changes.
  • Test your Z-Wave device to make sure the changes have taken affect - and work the way you want (you can always change them again if needed).

Tip: As each hub/controller works a little differently, the exact process for changing the configuration parameters is specific to the hub or software you're working with - check online if you are unsure of the process.

In closing...

Configuration parameters enable us to fine-tune the way our devices operate. The key thing to keep in mind when working with these parameters is whether or not your controller has a template for your device, or doesn’t.

If it does, you can simply tweak available settings displayed on the screen. If it doesn’t, you’re still able to tweak them, but you’ll first have to add them in manually.

If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share, or if you have any questions, drop a comment below. We’re always happy to help!

Enjoy tweaking your parameters.


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