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

Answers From Z-Wave Experts

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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Which Z-Wave light switches are best?

There are many ways to approach purchasing your first Z-Wave light switch, but the best piece of advice is probably to do your research. Myriad reviews exist online – try Amazon for customer reviews, or browse Engadget, CNET, and Wired for high-quality, professional hardware reviews.

That being said, here are a few places to start: begin with GE, whose switches are durable, simple, and affordable. The GE In-Wall Z-Wave Toggle Switch is appropriate for any room in the house, and enables homeowners to control lights in different rooms – all from a centralized location, usually a tablet or smart phone, but a controller would also do the trick. As long as you don’t require a dimmer, the GE In-Wall Toggle Switch is probably a safe bet.

For something more sophisticated, consider a wall mounted dimmer by Linear, an affordable option that does everything the GE Toggle Switch can – except it also dims connected lights. Aspire RF dimmers by Eaton are compatible with a range of lighting “loads”, from LED to incandescent, and open up a whole new world of options, from dimming to fan control and more.

 

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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