Quick Hits

Z-Wave Add and Remove

How to add or remove Z-Wave devices to the Systech IoT SysSCRIPT solution.

Hello, in this Quick Hits video, you will learn how to add or remove Z-Wave wireless devices to a SysLINK gateway. It takes just a few moments, and, I want to share a few best practice tips and ideas, so check this out.


The SysLINK hardware and SysSCRIPT software is a great solution for just about any Internet of Things or IoT application.

The gateway supports a wide range of physical devices and sensors such as temperature, pressure, motion, or power. These sensors may use a wide variety of interfaces such as RS232 or ModBus, or wireless like ZigBee or Bluetooth.

One popular interface is Z-Wave.

It is a wireless technology, which makes its use very simple because no wiring is required.

Also, it is a mesh wireless technology. That means the Z-Wave network gets stronger as more devices are added to an application. That makes it robust and reliable, which is good.

So, how do you add or remove Z-Wave wireless devices to a SysLINK and SysSCRIPT solution? It just takes a few simple steps, so follow along.

When you first obtain a Z-Wave sensor, it is not yet associated with any Z-Wave network. It simply won’t work until you specially add it.

Step 1 is to log into your SysSCRIPT management screen. Check out another Quick Hits video if you need help with this step.

Next, view the “Devices” page.

Then select the “Manage Devices” button.

Then select the “Add Z-Wave” button.

When prompted, you will be asked to press the “add” button on the device you are trying to add.

This is actually the trickiest part of the whole process. All Z-Wave devices have a method to put the device into the add mode. For most Z-Wave devices, this is simply a button you press. For some devices, you must re-insert the batteries to go into add mode. Yet other devices require you to flip a switch one, two, or even three times. Check out the documentation that came with the Z-Wave device to determine the right method for your device.

For this example, I am adding a door contact switch. It has a button on the back of the device that I press to put it into add mode.

Once the button is pressed, after a few moments, you will receive confirmation that the device was successfully added.

Often, the first thing you want to do after a device is added, is to rename the device from its default name which is largely gobbledygook. I am going to name my device “Freezer Door”.

There you have it. Now it is done.

How do you remove a Z-Wave device from your network? Conveniently, it is almost identical to adding it.

When you are in the “Manage Devices” section, simply press the “Remove Z-Wave” button, and everything else is about the same. Most Z-Wave devices use the same button or technique for removing as it has for adding.

Now here are some helpful tips.

Though not strictly necessary, we have found that it is usually best to always remove a device from a Z-Wave network, prior to adding it. This will often ensure a smooth “add” process.

Z-Wave devices should always be placed no further than about 30 to 40 feet from at least one other Z-Wave device. This will help ensure a strong mesh network that won’t skip a beat.

I hope this short Quick Hits video helped you and your IoT application. This is just one of many Quick Hits topics. Take a look at the other available topics, and you are sure to find one that you’ll find valuable. For more information, check out the IoT hardware and software solutions available from Systech Corporation. And leave a note there if you have ideas for future Quick Hits videos. Thanks, and have a great day.