To set up a Z-Wave enabled home, you must first install the Z-Wave wireless network. Though the prospect of installing your own wireless network might seem daunting, remember that Z-Wave’s technology is designed with usability in mind, and there are numerous resources to ease your installation woes.
Once the Z-Wave network is up and running, you’ll need to select a controller, or “hub,” which will function as the brain of your smart home, circulating messages and responding to alerts. Once the “hub” is connected to the network, you’ll be able to easily add smart devices one by one – a smart door sensor here, a smart light switch there, and a Z-Wave water sensor alarm in the basement. Your devices will immediately begin to do their work, learning your family’s behavior and preferences and alerting you to any potential problems.
It’s useful to remember that the more Z-Wave-enabled devices you have, the stronger your Z-Wave network will be, because Z-Wave operates on a mesh network. This means that devices need only send their signals to the next device down the line – not all the way to the hub, whose range tends to be between fifty and a hundred feet.