Just getting into home automation. Have got my HTPC running XBMC so all is good there. Next on my list is sockets.

Looking at getting the Vesternet Z-Wave USB Controller, but can't find how it can be used.

1. Does it come with pre installed software, and if so what is it like. Will it be worth using openzwave. I have no programing experience but don't mind having a go if it's not to complicated.

2. My PC is in the living room, will the signal be able to reach the bedrooms upstairs.

3. Can I use my android phone to switch sockets on and off.

4. Would it be better to use the VERA internet gateway.

Thanks
Steve