Aeotec Z-Pi 7 was developed to control actuators and sensors in a Z-Wave Plus Network as a self-powered Z-Wave® GPIO Adapter.
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Keep product away from open flames and extreme heat. Avoid direct sunlight or heat exposure.
Z-Pi 7 is intended for indoor use in dry locations only. Do not use in damp, moist, and/or wet locations.
The following will step you through using Z-Pi 7 when it is attached to a host controller (Raspberry Pi or Orange Pi Zero) as a primary controller.
Please make sure the host controller is pre-installed; this includes any drivers that the corresponding OS may need.
1. Connect Z-Pi 7 to a host controller. The following diagrams show how to install the Z-Pi on each system.
OS: Linux - Raspian "Stretch" or higher:
The Z-Pi7 uses the same port as Bluetooth. To use Z-Pi 7, you must deactivate Bluetooth.
1.1.2. Enter the user "pi".
1.1.3. Enter your password "raspberry"(standard).
1.1.4. Now enter the following command.
sudo nano /boot/config.txt
1.1.5. Add the following line depending on the hardware version of RPi that you are using.
Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi 4
1.1.6. Exit the Editor with Ctrl X and save with Y.
1.1.7. Reboot the system with:
1.1.8. Login with SSH again, enter your username and password.
1.1.9. Check if the port ttyAMA0 is available with:
dmesg | grep tty
OS: Linux - Armbian:
To use Z-Pi 7 with Orange Pi Zero the port must be activated.
1.2.2. Enter the user "root" (standard at first connection).
1.2.3. Enter your Password.
1.2.4. Now enter the following command.
1.2.5. In the opened menu, go to the item system and press OK.
1.2.6. Go to Hardware and press OK
1.2.7. Highlight "uartl" and press Save.
1.2.8. reboot the System
1.2.9. Login with SSH again, enter your username and password.
1.2.10. Check if the port /dev/ttyS1 is available with:
ls -la /dev/ttyS*
2. Open your selected third-party software.
3. Following your third-party software instructions for connecting a Z-Wave USB adapter. Select the COM or virtual port Z-Pi 7 is associated with.
In most cases, any devices already paired with Z-Pi 7 network will automatically show up in the software's interface.
Below are the pinouts for the Z-Pi 7.
Using this pinout, you may wire Z-Pi 7 to USB using a Serial to USB Adapter. You may find out more about how to do this following this guide here: https://help.aeotec.com/support/solutions/articles/6000253071-z-pi-7-to-usb-connection
This must be done through the host software which takes control of Z-Pi 7. Please consult the instruction manual of the host software to add the Z-Pi 7 to a pre-existing Z-Wave network (i.e. “Learn”, “Sync”, “Add as Secondary Controller”, etc.).
This function can only be performed through a compatible host software.
- The host software must take control of Z-Pi.
- Find the Reset Z-Wave controller option in your third-party software.