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Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis

Project Manager/VP New Product Development, Z-Wave Products

Matthew’s history as a freelance photographer and writer helps him cut through the technical aspect of the Z-Wave protocol, and write blogs as an everyday man and homeowner. His background in DIY and electric installations also allows him to translate complex ideas to the layman and professional electrician.

Matthew also is one of the agents who fields our Live Chat/Ticketing system (leave a message at the bottom right corner to get a quick answer). While he answers every question, he is not a licensed electrician and anything he writes should be verified by professionals in your region. As of 2016, Ask An Expert has become a source for answers to more technical questions, answered by leading minds in Z-Wave.

In January 2017, Matthew became our VP of New Product Development, starting with the Z-Wave ToolBox -with many new devices in the works for the future.

Follow Matthew on Twitter @zwavematthew

Latest Posts


Stop Air Conditioning the Great Outdoors

Save energy with WINK 2 and a simple Robot

Stop Air Conditioning the Great Outdoors
Are you having second thoughts about that tie you bought your dad or husband for Father's Day? Want to really give a thoughtful gift? We guarantee with this simple setup, never again will you hear him scream, "Close the door! I'm not cooling the whole neighborhood!!" For under $220 you can automatically turn the A/C off when the door is opened for more than a pre-set amount of time. Like everything with Z-Wave devices, you can modify this as needed to fit your lifestyle. The 3 pieces of this project are a WINK 2 hub, a GC-TBZ48 Z-Wave thermostat from Go Control, and a ZW120 Door/Window ...
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Kit Suggestions for new WINK 2 owners

Kit Suggestions for new WINK 2 owners
A few visitors to Zwaveproducts.com have asked, 'What home automation hub do Z-Wave retailers use at home?' and 'What devices work with my WINK 2?' Here's the answer to both questions. Pictured above is my WINK 2, which has joined the army of other Z-Wave hubs in operation at home. The WINK 2 a good device (read my overview here), and there are many things you can do with it. In this blog entry are devices that you you consider when getting started with your own smart home network. Going back through my blogs, you'll see similar entries, but I tried to keep this one simple. Click on the de...
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"Making my home smart." How to get started.

The Summer 2017 guide to getting started with Z-Wave Products

"Making my home smart." How to get started.
Defining a “Smart Home" "Smart Home" is a phrase that is often used in our marketing, but it may mean different things to different people. Answering the question “what is a smart home?” will help a beginner get the most out of his or her investment, and allow Zwaveproducts.com to better answer any questions that come up. I answer hundreds of questions; from elderly homeowners to professional installers. Most people that I chat with want to dabble in technology, make their lives a little easier, add some level of security, and be able to impress friends and family. Home &...
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The Z-Wave ToolBox in Las Vegas

The most popular ToolBox questions (and answers) from ISC-West 2017

The Z-Wave ToolBox in Las Vegas
Zwaveproducts, Inc had a lot of great items to bring to ISC West 2017. For those who are unfamiliar with the acronym, ISC-West is the International Security Conference & Exposition. It's the largest event in the United States for the physical security industry; covering access control, alarms, video surveillance / CCTV, networked security products and more. Our niche has always been strictly Z-Wave devices, but as Z-Wave gains traction in the security world, we have had much more to offer in the past few years. We could barely contain everything in the “pod” (display kiosk)...
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Flood Detection Basics

Get smart phone notifications of impending water damage

Flood Detection Basics
Home intruders get all the press, but one of the most destructive accidents in the home is caused by water. The cost of water damage to a home can range from $5000 to $70,000, according to State Farm Insurance. Fire damage is catastrophic in nature, but water damage should not be discounted for its ability to ruin memories, even days or weeks after the water is gone. Flood damage can be an act of God (storms, catastrophic regional infrastructure failure, etc) or it could be caused by a lack of maintenance, an older home, or just bad luck. We won’t touch upon acts of nature (the odds ...
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Home Automation for Renters

Can I have a Z-Wave-powered Smart Home if I rent?

Home Automation for Renters
Having a smart home doesn’t have to be impossible just because you rent. You may not be allowed to rewire the place, but there are many devices available for you to install. Here are a few tips about installing or adding to a home network in an apartment. Heart of the matter: Like any smart home, the center of the network is a hub or gateway. Z-Wave requires a hub, even in apartments. The WINK 2 is a great way to automate your apartment without making holes for panels or wires. The WINK 2 sits close to your internet router, and connects via WiFi or CAT5 cable (preferred). Once you do...
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Adding a Z-Wave Lock to Your WINK 2

Yale Real Living 240-ZW and WINK 2 Hub

Adding a Z-Wave Lock to Your WINK 2
Getting Started Some basics on how to enroll a Yale Real Living Door Lock with your WINK 2, and what features you can expect. The subject of today’s blog is a YRD240-ZW-619 Satin Nickel Keyless Deadbolt, but any Yale Real Living deadbolt or lever lock will be exactly the same, and most other door locks will be similar. Some other locks have extra features (please see what can’t I do . . . below). Click on these links for more information on the Satin Nickel Keyless Deadbolt, or the Oil Rubbed Bronze Keyless Deadbolt.  Click for a WINK 2 Overview.    &nbs...
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WINK 2 Overview

WINK 2, Amazon Alexa, and Supported Z-Wave Devices

WINK 2 Overview
The WINK 2 is a great home automation gateway, with many outstanding features and a few minor drawbacks. Favorite Features Works with Amazon Echo (Alexa) and its variants Works with many Z-Wave devices, plus support for Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, Kidde, as well as Lutron’s Clear Connect Choice between Ethernet port or dual band WiFi connection Better “manual” Z-Wave inclusion/exclusion controls Biggest Drawbacks No generic IP camera support A Review When I reviewed the original WINK, two years ago, my complaint was the touchy nature of the WiFi. If the hub was too close ...
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