Aeon Labs Z-Stick Lite Gen5 is a self- powered Z-Wave® USB adapter with remote network creation capabilities (independent from external power and host microprocessor). Being able to remotely include/remove Z-Wave devices greatly simplifies Z-Wave network installation. When connected to a host controller (via USB), it enables the host controller to take part in the Z-Wave Network.

The Z-Stick Lite Gen5 is also device firmware upgradeable by the end consumer. This enables the product to always have the latest Z-Wave protocol, capabilities and commands. By taking advantage of the Z-Wave mesh network, commands can be routed to their destination via intermediary “listening” Z-Wave products. Products that are Z-Wave certified can be used and communicate with other Z-Wave certified devices.

Get to Know your Z-Stick Lite.

Quick start.

 Z-Stick Lite Gen5 operates in SerialAPI-Mode. Both Inclusion-Mode and Removal-Mode require that Z-Stick is plugged into the USB connector of the host. Software drivers for the “ZW050x_USB_VCP_PC_ Driver” may need to be installed for Z-Stick to be recognized on some computers (drivers can be found at

SerialAPI-Mode: Allowing a Host Processor To Take Control of the Z-Stick and Take Part in the Z-Wave Network.


To initiate SerialAPI-Mode, plug the Z-Stick into the USB connector of the host.

1). While in SerialAPI-mode, the Z-Stick is always listening (it is awake and always in RX receive mode) for instructions and acts as a Z-Wave adapter and responds to commands sent through USB by the host processor software.

2). Pressing the Action Button will not have any effect while in SerialAPI- Mode. But short pressing the Reset Button will reset the USB port.

Installation and Maintenance Application (IMA) feature.

The IMA feature only can be used in Serial API-Mode for Z-Stick Lite Gen5, it can measure the network health for each device in the network. The different LED colour indicates the communication quality between Z-Stick Controller and devices in the network.

Install the IMA tool software first. Select the node device and then click the IMA test button to start the IMA test between the Central Controller and the node devices. Your IMA tool client will receive the test result through the different coloring of the LED icon to indicate the network health level and its colour will be changed follow with the change of network health level. A green LED light indicates good network quality. An orange LED light indicates acceptable network quality, however, with potential latency. A red LED light indicates the network quality is insufficient. An "!" indicates that  the current network is critical because the node is not responding.

Upgrading the Z-Stick Lite with the Latest Software.

1. Download the Aeon Labs Z-Stick Lite Gen5 firmware upgrade software that contains the firmware update and UART to USB driver and run the downloaded program.

2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Technical specifications.

Power Supply: USB DC 4.75V to 5.25V. 

Max Operating Current: 100mA. 

Operating Temperature: 0 C to 50 C. 

Storage Temperature: -20 C to 70 C. 

Operating Distance: Up to 1310 feet/400 metres outdoors.