What Is Z-Wave?

What Is Z-Wave?

Z-Wave helps you control your home by using a wireless technology that makes regular household products controllable from a smartphone, tablet, or internet from anywhere in the world!

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Home Automation

Home Automation

Make your life easier by automating everyday tasks. Turn the lights on when you enter a room without needing to touch a lightswitch.

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Why Z-Wave?

Why Z-Wave?

Control the lights, door locks, thermostats, and more in your house without needing to get off the couch.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Z-Wave Light Switch

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Below are the most frequently asked questions and answers about Z-Wave Light Switch. If you still have questions, please ask one of our experts here.

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What are the perks of automated lighting and smart Z-Wave light switches?

The most obvious benefit to investing in smart lighting and Z-Wave light switches is the cost-savings. Automated homes save homeowners money, because energy use is minimized and efficiency is streamlined. Gone are the days of wasted energy, because smart light switches can be programmed to activate when you enter the room, and deactivate when you leave it.

Beyond that, the benefits of a smart lighting system – and, more broadly, a smart home – include enhanced, high-quality security and homeowner peace of mind. With smart lighting and Z-Wave light switches, you can program lights to turn on and off at certain times – even when you’re far from home. With a few clicks to your smart phone or tablet, you can remotely monitor the state of your home – and the use of your lights. Your windows will always be bright, even when you’re gone for weeks, and specialized programming means that the lighting can be “randomized” to discourage intruders. Not all lights will be on all the time, mimicking normal lighting use.

Z-Wave light switches have myriad other functions, as well. Many homeowners use Z-Wave light switches in tandem with a range of other devices in order to create “scenes” – customized combinations of activated devices that create a certain type of environment. For example, perhaps you like to come home to an illuminated house with the kitchen fan on and the stereo just starting to play. Or for movie night, use Z-Wave light switches in tandem with entertainment and sound systems for a customized home theatre experience.

 

Glossary of Terms

Primary Controller This is the device that controls the other devices on your Z-Wave network. Can also be referred to as "Z-Wave Controller".
Scene The control of multiple devices with one single command. The scene can be activated manually or via a sensor. A common scene is to turn lights on when you walk into a room. The motion sensor will detect the motion and turn the lights on. The opportunities with scenes are endless!
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Why Z-Wave? 

Z-Wave Empowers Innovation.
Z-Wave’s flexibility and reliability make it a natural fit for innovators looking to expand offerings in the smart home and IoT industries.With so many companies using Z-Wave the abilities to control your home are constantly changing and becoming innovative. 
Z-Wave has the greatest Energy Efficiency.
Z-Wave's power efficiency is by far the most advanced among all of today’s (and tomorrow's) wireless protocols. Battery-operated sensors and systems need very little maintenance.
Z-Wave is an Interoperable Ecosystem.
It's important that products work together with all smart devices in the home, regardless of type, version or brand. There are 300 companies with over 1200 certified products that are backwards- and forwards-compatible in the Z-Wave ecosystem.
Z-Wave is Driving a Standard.
Z-Wave has proven to be the most ubiquitous of the wireless communication standards; it is the only low-power, medium-bandwidth HAN/LAN technology with interoperability. Z-Wave is open, based on an International Standard PHY MAX ITU-T G.9959., offering a single standard and a single stack. The stack is openly licensed; all that is required is certification to ensure interoperability. 
Z-Wave is NOT Affected by Wireless Interference.
Z-Wave uses a lower frequency than common household wireless products such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee and other 2.4 GHz protocols. It is not subject to their interference and traffic jams, which makes Z-Wave more reliable for automating tasks and receiving accurate status of devices.
Z-Wave is Securely Encrypted.
Z-Wave uses industry-standard AES128 encryption, the same protocol used in online banking. The Z-Wave certification process ensures that both the Z-Wave network and the Z-Wave devices in your home are secure from hacking.
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