Quick Start Steps

This page will outline the steps you should take to get Axial Server and your devices up and running quickly.

Install Axial Server

Axial Server will enable your Windows computer to control and automate your home automation devices. Though Axial Server is compatible with a number of connected technology such as Nest, Philips Hue, Z-Wave & Sonos, this article will focus on how to setup Axial Server and add your first z-wave device to your network.

First, if you don't already have Axial Server downloaded, head over to www.axialcontrol.com to get it. While you are there, sign up for an account on the site if you want to enable cloud access and advanced features such as notifications.

Once you are ready to continue with the Axial Server setup and installation, run the Setup file and follow this setup guide.

Adding Your First Z-wave Device

After you've completed your Axial Server setup and sucessfully connected your z-wave USB controller, you are ready to install your first z-wave device into your network. This process is commonly called "inclusion."

To include a new z-wave device into your network, follow these steps:

  1. Install your device at its permanent location
  2. From Axial Server, click on the Online/Offline button in the lower right hand corner so that it reads "Offline"
  3. Visit the Tools/Zwave Commands/Add Device (network wide) (note that this does not work with secured devices like door locks)
  4. On your new device, press the z-wave button (refer to your owner's manual about inclusion)
  5. If succesful, Axial Server will display a message stating that a new device was added.
  6. Close the window

Now that you've added your new device, you can start automating. Take a look at our tutorial section for a list of ideas on what you can do with Axial Server in your own home.