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 Sensors

Answers From Z-Wave Experts

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

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Which Z-Wave sensors are best?

The sensor you select will depend on your family’s needs – do you live in a flood-prone climate, for example, and therefore require a sensor that will predict weather patterns and adjust for humidity? If, on the other hand, you live in the high desert, you may wish for a sensor which adjusts to temperature. City dwellers may need a motion security sensor only.

That being said, here are a few places to start: the Ecolink Z-Wave PIR Motion Detector with Pet Immunity means that your alarm won’t go off every time your pet crosses the room. Priced affordable, the Ecolink Z-Wave PIR is a popular choice for consumers across the nation. Aeon Labs also makes a variety of easy-to-use, multi-use sensors which range in price and ability. The Aeotec Multisensor 6, for example, is “packed with intelligence,” detecting not only motion but also monitoring temperature, light, humidity, and even vibration – which comes in handy if an intruder is tampering with the device. Of course, vibration detectors identify and record seismic activity as well.

If it’s a garage door sensor you’re after, you might invest in the Telguard GDC1 Universal Z-Wave Garage Door Control Switch, which ensures that your garage door opens and shuts when you want it to – even if you aren’t home to monitor it.

 

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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