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"Z-Wave Challenges in MDUs and How to Resolve Them"  Article by Express Controls Founder Eric Ryherd
​June 2017

Deploying a robust Z-Wave network in MDUs (like apartment buildings or hotels) can be challenging unless you follow a few basic rules...

Read the full article on Z-Wave Alliance

Eric Ryherd speaking at the Z-Wave Alliance Fall Summit
"Seven Things you probably don't know about Z-Wave"
29 September 2016, Oklahoma City, OK

Eric Ryherd will be speaking for the third consecutive year at this years Z-Wave summit at the Jasco headquarters in Oklahoma City. This years topic relates the seven things Eric has had to explain to Z-Wave developers over and over again during his more than a decade of Z-Wave IoT product development.
  • Radio Antenna is really important
  • Z-Wave Plus means you can ask the device what it can do
  • Central Scene should be called "button press" command class
  • Assign Return Routes - rarely done correctly!
  • Configuration CC V3 - linked list of parameters and their names from the device
  • RSSI - you need to be watching all the time
  • SendData timing - when you can send the next frame

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Z-Wave Expert Eric Ryherd is speaking at the Z-Wave Alliance Fall Summit on
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Z-Wave Hubs"
4 November 2015, San Diego, CA

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Express Controls founder Eric Ryherd will be speaking at the Z-Wave Alliance Developer's Forum and Unplug Fest in San Diego, CA November 3-5, 2015. Eric will be presenting insights on developing products using Z-Wave technology with Tips and Tricks developed through his more than decade of developing IoT products using Z-Wave.
  • RF Radio Range
  • Command Class Support
  • Interrogate Device
  • Queues and Timeouts
  • Maintain Network Health
  • Network Utilization
  • Realities of RF 

HomeSeer Packs Z-Wave into HomeTroller Zee S2 Home Control Systems
​3 June 2015

HomeSeer's  latest, the HomeTroller Zee S2 promises a better performance than its predecessor, along with built-in Z-Wave Plus support. That basically means it will work with even more products and technologies for all of those home control systems out there. That lineup includes all of the same Z-Wave-enabled devices mentioned above, including the lighting, the smart locks, the thermostats, the water valves, the sensors, and much more.

Read the full press release here.  This product was created and is produced by Express Controls.

Learn Z-Wave Tips and Tricks from Z-Wave expert & consultant Eric Ryherd at the Z-Wave Alliance Fall Summit
5 November 2014, San Diego, CA

Express Controls founder Eric Ryherd will be speaking at the Z-Wave Alliance Developer's Forum and Unplug Fest in San Diego, CA November 4-6, 2014. Eric will be presenting insights on developing products using Z-Wave technology with Tips and Tricks developed through his more than 11 years of working with Z-Wave. 

Island of Things (IoT) Article by Express Controls Founder Eric Ryherd
​15 October 2014

Today’s IoT reality is that we’ve got an enormous and rapidly growing number of Things being connected to the Internet, but very few of them talk to each other. If I buy two different thermostats, I need two different apps. But, aren’t these apps doing the same thing? After all, they’re just controlling the temperature. Why can’t I control both thermostats from the same app and choose which app I prefer? Each Thing lives on its own island, speaking a different language. For every Thing, I have to learn how to use its app to control it. Do I even want an app that talks to my dishwasher? 

Read the full article on HomeToys.com

Homeseer Unveils HSM200 Z-Wave Multisensor - Night Light - Indicator Module
​5 September 2014

HomeSeer unveils its line-powered HSM200 Z-Wave multisensor - night light - indicator module. The unit senses motion, temperature and light level, can function as a night light, and can also be programmed to display up to 7 different glowing colors when things happen in the home! 

Read the full press release here.  This product was created and is produced by Express Controls.