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  • There's Early Stage Work Exploring Z-Wave Linux Kernel Drivers

    Phoronix: There's Early Stage Work Exploring Z-Wave Linux Kernel Drivers

    Z-Wave is the incredibly common wireless communication protocol at the backbone of many home automation systems. To date there hasn't been any in-kernel Z-Wave Linux kernel drivers for this low-energy mesh network standard, but a SUSE developer has prototyped an initial driver and currently exploring the in-kernel possibilities, including what could end up being a Z-Wave subsystem...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...rnel-Exploring

  • #2
    There is no mystery here. Z-wave is owned by a single vendor who does not want to cooperate. Instead they sell an SDK for about $10,000.
    Reverse engineering effort is here: https://github.com/OpenZWave

    I say why bother fighting with an uncooperative vendor, use Thread instead. It is open and free.

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    • #3
      I think they're trying to slowly make it more and more open.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by jonsmirl View Post
        There is no mystery here. Z-wave is owned by a single vendor who does not want to cooperate. Instead they sell an SDK for about $10,000.
        Reverse engineering effort is here: https://github.com/OpenZWave

        I say why bother fighting with an uncooperative vendor, use Thread instead. It is open and free.
        Pointing to the github project, for those that have issues finding a project called "thread" https://github.com/openthread/openthread

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jonsmirl View Post
          There is no mystery here. Z-wave is owned by a single vendor who does not want to cooperate. Instead they sell an SDK for about $10,000.
          Reverse engineering effort is here: https://github.com/OpenZWave

          I say why bother fighting with an uncooperative vendor, use Thread instead. It is open and free.
          Especially since there are a bunch of new eval boards for the Nordic nRF52840 , eg : https://www.cnx-software.com/2018/12...rf52840-wisoc/ , https://www.adafruit.com/product/4062 , https://store.particle.io/products/xenon , https://www.nordicsemi.com/Software-...RF52840-Dongle , https://store.makerdiary.com/collect...mdk-usb-dongle ...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by darkbasic View Post
            I think they're trying to slowly make it more and more open.
            Do you have a source backing that up or have you interpreted it yourself from their recent actions or is it simply what you hope for?

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            • #7
              Or use a low-energy, completely documented, ISO certified protocol: EnOcean.
              Supported in FHEM, openhab, domoticz...

              Documentation: https://www.enocean-alliance.org/wp-...018_public.pdf

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jonsmirl View Post
                I say why bother fighting with an uncooperative vendor, use Thread instead. It is open and free.
                Exactly. And there's ZigBee also... Not sure how open ZigBee actually is. IIRC Philips HUE products use ZigBee. But it's another thing which protocol they use over ZigBee to actually communicate...
                Someone more enlightened might want to spread the knowledge..?

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                • #9
                  ZWave has nice features, but with the ISO open WMBus massively used( at least in Europe ),
                  And with the large amount of Frequency Ranges, at the point were you can have a meter running for a decade on battery..

                  I don't know if ZWave will continue to be closed..
                  if they opened it sooner, but even then, WMBus is here for a lot of time..

                  Although, its nice to see Zwave support, on linux!
                  Kudos for the effort!!

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