This page provides the steps to download and use SiLabs PC Controller 5 (Zensys Tools 5) as the ultimate management tool with your Z-Stick Gen5 and form part of the larger Z-Stick Gen5 user manual. 

SiLabs now offers their Zensys Tools 5 for free as long as you sign up and create an account through Silabs. Zensys Tools 5 can be used with Z-Stick Gen5 or any Z-Wave USB Adapter as a method to debug your network or see more on how Z-Wave communicates through experimentation.

Notes - You may download the older PC Controller tool at the bottom of this article for version 4.76.


  • Windows OS (Simplicity Studios can be installed on Windows, Linux, or OSX, but PC Controller 5 is only supported with Windows).
  • Z-Wave USB Adapter hardware

Follow these steps to download PC Controller 5.

  1. Click on this link here to create an account with Silicon Labs: (If you already have an account, please skip to step 3)
  2. Confirm your account via the confirmation email from Silabs.
  3. Now Login to your account.
  4. Download Simplicity Studio 5 here and select the OS you are using:
  5. Install Simplicity Studio 5, after installation, the interface should automatically open up.
    1. Mount SimplicityStudio-5.iso as a virtual drive
    2. double click the new virtual drive 
    3. Finalize your installation of Simplicity Studio
    4. Simplicity Studios should automatically open.
  6. Read then agree to the SiLabs license agreement, then press Done.
  7. Login to Simplicity Studios with your SiLabs account.
  8. Wait for Simplicity Studios to finalize its bootup.

  9. Click on "Install by technology type (wireless, Xpress, MCU, sensors)"

  10. Check mark "Z-Wave", then click on "Next".

  11. Select "Auto" then click "Next".

  12. Click "Next".

  13. Read and then agree to the license agreement, then press next.
  14. Wait for it to install, this will take about 8+ minutes. Windows may request you to accept some installation during the z-wave software download/update a few times.

  15. After installation, Simplicity Studios will reset, press OK to reset your software and complete the installation.

How to open PC Controller 5 in Simplicity Studios.

  1. Open up Simplicity Studios
  2. Click on Tools.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select PC Controller.
  4. Press OK.