|Proconductor: EUROTRONIC GmbH|
Type: Thermostatic head
Technology: Z-Wave Quicker
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Media
|Review review: 1.0|
As we know - we talk about it also in this OPEN BOARD - the adoption of more or less automatic thermostatic valves (or heads) instead of totally manual ones (le "Knobs" for radiators last generation) brings a considerable benefit in terms heat management and savings.
The German EUROTRONIC presents, among its various solutions, a thermostatic domotic head model based on proProtocol Z-Wave (Plus) call Spirit Z-Wave Quicker. Being an actuator Z-Wave without a proprio BRIDGE/Gateway proprietari (as happens for example to those of the line "Home" of FIBARO), this component does not have one proman app control / management /programmation, but must necessarily be integrated into the propri HUB personal through techniques that we will see in detail. As we shall see, this feature for some is a disadvantage while, for others, rappit has a very secondary degree of freedom.
Spirit Z-Wave Plug is an actuator of the size of 5,6 x 6,8 x 8,9 cm which fits well, thanks to the standard M-30 connection as well as the adapters in the package, instead of the classic thermostatic regulation valves. The unit casing is in white polycarbonate, very compact; the not excessive weight (less than two ounces) still gives one fair perception of compactness. On the front there is a tappor which, when removed, reveals the battery compartment (2 AA batteries from 1,5volt).
The rear part, on the other hand, has a screw to be screwed in place on the seat of the traditional thermostatic valve that the unit will replace (in a slightly tender metal to be honest); in the center a t is clearly visibleappor gray plastic that hides the motorized axis that prosees the thrust of the needle for adjusting the valve on the radiator.
On the front there is a small liquid crystal display (unfortunately not with a dot matrix) which allows the user to configure the head and, during normal use, display the target temperature (or set-point) set, the display is retrolumiborn (turns on itself) of a faint orange light. On the outer, upper part, they are present three mechanical keys useful for the first configuration and then for manual temperature adjustment during normal operation (20 degree range, from 8 to 28).
Installation is quite simple, as long as you have a minimum of manual skills.
La proprocedure by textbook indicates, before assembly, of include the head in the profirst mesh network Z-Wave: simply set the proprio HUB in the mode of pairing and then turn on the unit by inserting the batteries (the display shows "Inc"), then press the central key present on the unit to have it added to the network. This ended procedura the display shows "Ins", which means to mount the head on the radiator.
The head is mounted on one M30 standard thread from 1,5mm pitch, replacing the pre-existing one on the radiator. In the package there are adapters that allow it to be installed on virtually any valve; we have tested the unit on a Giacomini valve and, unfortunately, we had to separately purchase a (very cheap, well-intended) ad hoc adapter as those present in the packaging are not adequate.
Once the unit is mounted, simply press the center button again to turn the head prosee to calibrate with respect to the needle of the regulating valve: for a few seconds the unit proit produces a noise that indicates the start of the adjustment motor. At the end of procedura, the display shows the valve set point temperature, which is prointended for use.
|To mount on the following valves|
NO adapter to be purchased separately
|Valves for which an adapter needs to be purchased separately|
What distinguishes a traditional thermostatic head from a home automation is certainly the possibility of planning their behavior compared to the desired temperatures (and therefore the adjustment of the radiator), to the day of the week and to the times.
Unfortunately this head, although domotic in all respects, does not include a pre-proming: the only way to command it is by using the profirst home automation (therefore, through programmations defined at thepersonale HUB) or, manually, using the keys on the unit. This is one substantial difference compared to other solutions (see le Tado°) that, regardless of prowith personal home automation and manual adjustments, they can be planned to operate independently based on specific schedules.
Experience of use
We promy head on a classic radiator. That the temperature is set away Z-Wave (so on HUB personal) or manually, the adjustment is rapid e proproportional to the "distance" between the ambient temperature detected by the head: the greater this is delta, the greater the opening of the regulating valve. We have appurato that over the two degrees of delta, the head opens the valve to the 100%, to then go to gradually reduce as you get closer to the chosen temperature set point.
The adjustment motor sometimes tends to be a noisy thread (but only when listened in full silence), especially when the adjustment needle is quite hard; for the rest, the experience certainly proved to be up to it.
The adjustment made via HUB can be overridden at any time with simple manual adjustment (the "+" and "-" keys on the unit); obviously this manual adjustment is also displayed as a status near theHUB.
The degree of compatibility of the head Spirit Z-Wave Quicker it is, quite simply, null.
The reason is easy to understand: offering only type connectivity Z-Wave Quicker and not being part of a line products equipped with BRIDGE/Gateway - and therefore not having aapp dedicated control, the component is not (at least directly) compatible with anything: neither the most common smart speakers, nor IFTTT, nor even less Appthe HomeKits.
But it is obvious that this is the case: what an actuator of this type aims at it is the domotics integrability.
With Home Assistant manage a network Z-Wave it's pretty simple; once this network has been defined (for example, with the help of Aeotec Z-Stick or similar) add a node as this component is immediate. Integration gives rise to a series of entity:
which can be used both in consultation with the frontend Lovelace UI in that automation.
Obviously the most interesting of the generated entities is the type "Climate"Which allows, for theappanointed, consultation and full head management:
Another very comfortable entity is that related to the temperature sensor, which equips the user with an environmental temperature sensor located in the room where the head is placed, useful for the most disparate uses (see for example the procast for the mold prevention).
|Nb The inDomus tests were performed via the network Z-Wave based on BRIDGE/Gateway Z-Wave↔︎TCP/IP Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 and managed by Home Assistant.|
Homey it's a personal hardware HUB equipped with antenna Z-Wave, which allows you to manage networks of this type: it goes without saying that it is able to integrate components Z-Wave generic; specifically, it is available aapp of specific integration, which allows full integration of the actuator functionality.
openHAB and Domoticz
Also openHAB e Domoticz, as Home Assistant, natively support the management of networks Z-Wave, therefore also with these HUB it is possible to integrate the actuator, even if we have not had the opportunity to test it.
Homebridge, BRIDGE software to make compatible with AppHomeKit devices that are not natively compatible with this standard do not seem to have a plugin that can be managed directly a network Z-Wave: it is more natural to imagine the availability of a plugin that allows Homebridge to dialogue with others HUB able to manage the component. This is the case - and it's just an example - of the plugin "homebridge-zway“, Which allows you to connect Homebridge with a server instance Z-Way, a software component that allows you to manage a network in its entirety Z-Wave starting from USB or similar antennas (eg. Aeotec Z-Stick).
- you install Z-Way;
- an antenna is configured on it Z-Wave (Eg. Aeotec Z-Stick) and consequently defines the profirst network Z-Wave;
- you get the component into the network Z-Wave appen defined;
- connects Homebridge to Z-Way through “homebridge-zway";
- at this point theapp "Home" will see the accessory.
It works, but it makes more sense to manage the network directly Z-Wave from a HUB How Home Assistant o Homey and then through them "expose" the entities Z-Wave ad Appthe HomeKits.
|Home Assistant||✔️||Full support to the actuator via the features Z-Wave integrated into theHUB e a compatible antenna installed on the computer on which theHUB.|
|Homebridge (Appthe HomeKits)||✔️||Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave via Z-Way and its integration plugin|
|openHAB||✔️ *||Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.|
|Domoticz||✔️ *||Full support for networks and devices Z-Wave.|
|Homey||✔️||Full support to the actuator via the features Z-Wave integrated into theHUB and l 'app EUROTRONIC available for Homey.|
* Not tested / evaluated.
|We like this EUROTRONIC Spirit Z-Wave Plus?|
Well, we are not sorry, but we are certainly not left ecstatic by this review. What we can say is that certainly, in doing what it is designed to do, during all our tests she behaved absolutely well, but at the same time we found ourselves wondering if we would be willing to adopt it as an actuator in our personal home automation systems. Surely the fact that it is a component Z-Wave We really like "raw". What we certainly like least is the total absence of planning functions (which, paradoxically, has the simplest one EUROTRONIC Genius LCD 100) but, above all, the impossibility of proyield to the installation without having it necessarily enter into the profirst network Z-Wave: A limit which, in the future, could inhibit the possibility to use the head in purely manual mode only, in case it is abandoned, appanointed, the profirst network Z-Wave (not a minor aspect also in terms of resale on the used market).
It remains however a good prolearned, undoubtedly well built and also quite pleasant from an aesthetic point of view; with Home Assistant e Homey it works pretty well which, for most readers, is certainly interesting news. The location of the price, in light of the above, seems perhaps a bit too high, but so be it.