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(G3) Placement and G300's Range

Last Updated: Sep 03, 2012 01:52PM PDT

Since it connects either to a computer or a device that's plugged into your computer, the G300 gateway is usually placed nearby to these components.

While your G300's Z-Wave range can travel as far as 100 feet once it's controlling devices (and up to triple that distance outdoors), you need to be much closer than that to make the initial introduction between the devices to include them. There are two ways you can do this:
1) If the G300 is plugged into the wall and near your computer, you can bring the devices you want to include within 3 feet of your G300 and do the inclusion from this distance.  Remember that this is only a one-time process and will only take a few seconds.  Once included, you can move the included device further away in your home or even outside.
2) If you need to include Z-Wave controllable devices that are not easily moved to your G300's location, like a door lock or a thermostat, you can put the power the G300 with the included battery and bring it to the needed locations for the inclusion process.

To temporarily power your G300 with the included battery, first make sure that the battery is charged:



The battery pack comes with its own supplied AC adapter -- you'll recognize it by its red and green LED lights.  Plug this adapter into the battery's DC port and then into an electrical outlet.  Then turn on the battery. Full charging for battery operation will take approximately eight hours.
The battery also comes with a supplied cable to connect to your G300 for when you need to physically move it to the non-movable devices you want to pair with. Simply disconnect your G300's AC power cable (the one that goes into the wall) and connect the battery to that port instead.  You're now ready to walk your G300 anywhere around your home to pair controllable devices.

When you're done including devices around your house with your G300 in its battery mode, simply turn off the battery and disconnect it, and then connect your G300 in its original place near your computer.

Again, the inclusion process for a Z-Wave device only happens once and in most cases  you can pretty much forget about it once it's done. Sometimes you may decide to  remove included devices from your system if you choose, and you can do that too.  Now let's look at a simple and typical pairing example with your G300.

NEXT: A Simple Inclusion Example

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