In any case that you want to find more information on the health of your network, you can use the IMA Tool which can be downloaded here: https://aeotec.freshdesk.com/helpdesk/attachments/6104793263
The IMA tool cannot be used to test Z-Wave battery device health due to the device not always listening. You may use it to add or remove nodes from your network, test all listening nodes in your network, or a specific singular node.
Connect your Z-Stick Gen5 to IMA Tool
- Close all Z-Wave programs that may be connected to your Z-Stick Gen5 (ie. homeseer, Zensys Tool, OpenHAB, Domoticz, etc.). A single Z-Stick can only be connected to one software at a time.
- Open up IMA Tool program
- Click on "Setting" located at the top left corner of the program
- Select the COM port that your Z-Stick is on
If successfully connected, you will be able to see a list of all devices in your network.
Next to all of the device ID and types is a column called "Listenning", there are 2 different statuses:
This indicates that the Z-Wave device is considered a permanently powered device and can always listen for commands
This indicates that the Z-Wave device is a battery device and in most cases is sleeping, during the sleep time, Z-Wave battery devices will not communicate back unless woken up. The IMA tool will not test these devices.
Next to the "Listenning" column, there is a blank "Health" column. This will show a stoplight next to each device that has been scanned.
Green Stoplight color
- A green color will indicate that the device is in perfect health.
Yellow Stoplight color
- A yellow color will indicate that the device in your network has some trouble connecting, but overall it is still working a part of your network. For these devices, it is recommended to install a repeater device to help communicate to this device.
Red Stoplight color
- A red color will indicate that the device in your network is having trouble being communicated to, and all communications have failed. This would indicate that you will need a repeater node to help the communication to this device or there may be a serious issue with this device.
Single Device Scan
You can choose to scan a singular device if you need to know the health of a specific device connectivity to your gateway or controller.
- Highlight the node you want to scan by clicking on it
- Click on "Current Node"
This will begin a single scan on the specific node that is highlighted and will scan a device multiple times to determine the true health. Scanning a single node should take roughly 1 minute if the node is healthy. Once a Node has finished scanning completely, the Health column will update on the same row as the device that is tested.
A Stoplight will appear and show the health based on green light, yellow light, or red light.
Full Network Scan
If you plan on scanning your full network, the "Full Net Work" button will allow you to scan your whole network of all the listening nodes in your network. To do so:
- Click on "Full Net Work"
- Grab a cup of coffee and wait for the full scan to complete.
This will begin a scan of your full network, from top to bottom on all "Listenning" nodes that are set to a "TRUE" status. The amount of time to scan your full network will ultimately depend on how many devices you have and if there are any potential issues in your network. Your devices should begin to update one by one as they complete their update.
Stoplights will appear as soon as devices finish scanning going through the full list of Listenning = TRUE nodes.