zwave is a Theatersoft bus service module that encapsulates the OpenZWave library to provide consistent device APIs for Z-Wave device control and state management. It also exports client components for Z-Wave service and device configuration.


  1. Install Theatersoft Home.

  2. Connect a USB Z-Wave controller supported by OpenZWave.

  3. Add a ZWave service configuration object to your site config.json to the services array of a hosts object. E.g:

         "module": "@theatersoft/zwave",
         "export": "ZWave",
         "name": "ZWave",
         "config": {
             "port": "/dev/ttyACM0",
             "options": {
                 "NetworkKey": "0x01,0x02,0x03,0x04,0x05,0x06,0x07,0x08,0x09,0x10,0x11,0x12,0x13,0x14,0x15,0x16",
                 "Logging": true,
                 "ConsoleOutput": true,
                 "SaveLogLevel": 5

    NetworkKey is the secret 16 byte value used for secure communication with security devices.

  4. npm run config deploy to complete zwave service installation.


The zwave service settings will appear in the Settings/Services UI.

Use Add device and Remove device to perform include and exclude controller operations.

Once a device is added, it appears in the Device menu under its detected type. Additional ZWave device details and settings are available with a hold press.


zwave implements device types and interfaces common to all Theatersoft device services. All low level Z-Wave details (Command Class implementation, configuration, etc.) are hidden and managed internally.


Device state is published on the service bus object as a Device. E.g.:

    "ZWave.26" : {
        name: "Office",
        value: false,
        type: "Switch",
        id: "ZWave.26",
        time: 1516389670608


Actions control devices through the servicedispatch (action :Action) API. A typical action for a Switch would be on, exported from device as on = id => ({type: ON, id}).

REPL demo

Start node using an installed NPM script to set the BUS environment:

cd /opt/theatersoft && npm explore @theatersoft/zwave npm run BUS -- node

Start the bus and create a zwave service proxy:

const {bus, proxy} = require('@theatersoft/bus')
const zwave = proxy('ZWave')

Then get the service state and check the devices:

zwave.getState().then(state => devices = state.devices)
devices // show the returned devices

Let’s find the devices that are on:

Object.values(devices).find(({value}) => value)

Suppose that returned { name: 'Kitchen outlet', value: true, type: 'Switch', id: '5' }. Then we could turn it off:

zwave.dispatch({type: 'OFF', id: '5' })


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