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Home Automation

Z-Wave Controls Your Entire House

Home automation isn't a new idea; in fact, there are many systems on the market that will let you control and even automate your household electronics regardless of where you are. Unfortunately, these conventional control systems are costly and complicated, and beyond what most people need, or even want in their homes. You can install a Z-Wave system and build the network with additional devices as you go to expand from a device, to a room, to your entire home.

Controlling your home remotely - from anywhere in the world -  with Z-Wave is a new idea. It can offer all of the same benefits as a powerful, custom control system, but it can also offer any of them individually. Due to its modular design and extensive interoperability, you can use Z-Wave to control any specific task around your house without having to invest in an elaborate, confusing home control system. With Z-Wave, you can easily and inexpensively create customized control solutions for any room or situation, and add new ones to your home over time.

A Modular Approach To Home Automotion

Z-Wave lets you build your control system as your needs grow. Maybe your first step into home automation is to add Z-Wave remote control to your lights. You can easily program them to shut off when you're at work, and turn back on to welcome you when you return home, making sur eyou don't arrive home in the dark while also saving energy and money. You could then introduce more functions to this basic setup by adding Z-Wave to your garage door, your home entry, and your home security system. When you arrive fhome rom work, simply push a button and all your Z-Wave devices will work in concert -- the garage door will open, your entryways will light up, your security system will recognize you and disarm itself, and your front door will unlock. How's that for remote control?

Once you're inside, your home can welcome you with just the mood you want. Z-Wave can have your favorite music playing for you on arrival and the thermostat set to your preferred temperature. While you were away, Z-Wave made sure the lawn sprinkler watered your lawn on schedule. If it had rained, you could have bypassed the sprinkler from work remotely via internet, smart phone, or tablet. When you're ready to call it a night, the push of a single button could turn off your house lights, activate your security system, turn down the thermostat, lock the doors, turn on the bedroom humidifier, and set up the coffee pot to greet you with a fresh cup when you awake all while you're already in bed.

All with one button. All added easily and inexpensively to your home. All with no new wiring. And all according to your budget and timetables, to meet your needs and your lifestyle. Z-Wave gives you simple, affordable, personalized control solutions. Isn't that what home control was supposed to be about?

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Home Automation Using Wireless Technology 

What is Z-Wave? 

Z-Wave is the next-generation wireless ecosystem that lets all your home electronics talk to each other, and to you, via remote control. Z-Wave uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors, and cabinets. Its functionality can be added to almost any electronic device in your house, even devices that you wouldn't ordinarily think of as "smart", such as appliances, window shades, thermostats, and home lighting.

Z-Wave unifies all your home electronics into an integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run. Any Z-Wave enabled device can be effortlessly added to this network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. In seconds, your devices get joined to the network and can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and controllers, providing you with a smart home you will truly enjoy.  

Z-Wave lets you control these devices in ways that give you complete control of your home even when you're not there.  You can control your Z-Wave smart home remotely from anywhere in the world via smart phone, tablet, or PC.

Z-Wave Is Simple

Z-Wave control is easily added to almost any device in minutes. Simply plug the device you want to control into a Z-Wave module, and "join" it to your Z-Wave network.

Z-Wave Is Modular

With Z-Wave, you can add as much or as little home control as you want over time. You can add Z-Wave to a device, a room, a floor or the entire home, according to your needs and desires.

Z-Wave Is Affordable

Unlike costly whole-home control systems that need special wiring and professional installation, Z-Wave is accessible and budget-friendly. Spend a fraction of the price for a whole system!

Z-Wave Is Powerful

Z-Wave's intelligent mesh networking is able to accurately provide the present status of any Z-Wave enabled device, and gives you confirmation that your devices have received the automatic or manual control commands you want. 

Z-Wave Is Versatile

Z-Wave can be added to almost anything in your home that uses electricity, and gives you the power to control or monitor them from your home or away from home.

Z-Wave Is Intelligent

Z-Wave enabled devices can work together as a team. Have your garage door turn on your house lights when you come home. Have your door locks notify you when your children arrive home from school. Turn your downstairs lights off from upstairs. Create your own intelligent "scenes" controlled with Z-Wave.

Z-Wave delivers on all of the promises of the wired home, and opens up exciting new possibilities for the smarthome. Hundreds of Z-Wave enabled products are already widely available, from some of the best-known brands that you already know and trust. Take a few moments to acquaint yourself with Z-Wave. Get to know how Z-Wave makes your home - and your life - safer, more secure, more economical, more convenient and more enjoyable!

Why Z-Wave

Learn Why Z-Wave is the leading source for home automation

Remote Access. By using a Z-Wave gateway you can connect to the things inside your house whether you're at home or while you're away.

Currently there are nearly 1000 different Z-Wave products that all work together so you can choose the products that are right for your home.

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.
Z-Wave was Designed for Home Control.
Z-Wave was designed from the ground up for home control. Its power, range and bandwidth are optimized specifically for smart home applications.
Z-Wave's Mesh Network Provides the Best Scalability.
Because nodes in a Z-Wave network can act as a repeater, Z-Wave can provide enough range for even the largest homes, working around obstacles and wireless dead spots.


Definitions for Z-Wave Network Terms

Learn more about Z-Wave and the terms used within the home automation industry. If you still have questions, please submit a question on our "Ask an Expert" form.

Primary ControllerThis is the device that controls the other devices on your Z-Wave network. Can also be referred to as "Z-Wave Controller".
SceneThe 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!
Radio frequency (RF)Any of the electromagnetic wave frequencies that lie in the range extending from below 3 kilohertz to about 300 gigahertz and that include the frequencies used for communications signals (as for radio and television broadcasting and cell-phone and satellite transmissions) or radar signals.
Repeater A Z-Wave device that lets you extend the range of the Z-Wave network by relaying signals in both directions. Only AC powered devices are repeaters.
Secondary ControllerA controller that has the functionality of a primary controller but with one limitation: it cannot include or exclude nodes from the Z-Wave network.
Associationreating links between two or more devices so they can communicate with one another. The communication via radio frequency allows the devices to exchange information or commands.
ExclusionThe process of removing devices from the Z-Wave network.
Home Automation KitHome automation kits allow homeowners to transform their homes into smart, automated houses in a streamlined, logical fashion. Unifying everything from door locks, cameras, and motion sensors to door and window sensors, dimmers, and switches, home automation kits facilitate comprehensive energy management and reduced energy use, as well as ensure longstanding peace of mind.
Home Automation Products“Smart” home automation products utilize wireless technology to streamline costs, enhance security, and improve comfort throughout the home. Home automation products run the gamut from smart water sensors, sprinklers, and water alarms to smart door locks, motion sensors, video cameras, and much, much more. Almost any device or appliance in the home, from the television to the lights, can be automated, facilitating remote control of every system in the house.
Home Automation SystemsHome automation systems make it easy for homeowners to implement smart technology to streamline costs and enhance security and general comfort. From lighting and dimmer switches to fans, heating and cooling units, and even door locks, smart home systems – combinations of devices and wireless technology - facilitate finely tuned energy management, intuitive comfort, and longstanding peace of mind.
Home Surveillance SystemsIn today’s troubled world, home surveillance systems are critical in preserving your family’s safety – and your home’s integrity. But with “smart” home automation technology, evolved home surveillance systems are no longer reserved for the rich and famous. Affordable, user-friendly modern automation means that your home’s surveillance systems could be linked to a wireless network, which would, in turn, deliver messages and updates about your security system straight to your smart phone or tablet.
InclusionThe process of adding new devices to the Z-Wave network.
Internet of Things (IoT)This term is used for the device(s) which are able to be controlled from your phone through any means of communication. The network of physical objects or even individual "things" are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
Kwikset Z-Wave DeadboltKwikset Z-Wave Deadbolts allow homeowners to remotely lock and unlock doors, monitor entry, and check lock status.
Lighting Control SystemsA lighting control system, one component of the automated home, is a “smart,” network-based solution to lighting. Lighting control systems make it possible for the user to monitor and adjust every light on the property – interior, exterior, security, and ambient – whether on the premises or away.
Mesh Network A network in which each device can communicate with and relay data to eachother. Within the Z-Wave mesh network, one Z-Wave product will pass the signal along to another until the final destination/product is reached. This communication system extends the Z-Wave range.
Remote Control LightRemote control lights allow you to turn lights around the home on and off without ever getting up off the couch! Because they run on a wireless network rather than an electrical connection, remote control lights render complex, wiring-related home remodeling a thing of the past. Today’s remote control lights enhance the security, safety, and energy efficiency of any home or office.
RGBWStands for Red, Green, Blue and White. RGBW bulbs and controllers enable you to select any shade in the color spectrum by mixing red, green, and blue while also giving the option of a perfect white light from a dedicated white LED.
SlaveA secondary device that is controlled by other Z-Wave devices.
Smart HomeIn a smart home, selected appliances, devices, and systems – like light switches, alarm systems, entertainment systems, and sprinklers – are controlled remotely from a single device, typically a smartphone or tablet.
Smart Home ProductsSmart home products are those which facilitate and empower the automated home system. From smart lighting, appliance and outlet control, and thermostats to security cameras, batteries, smart locks, and smart sensors, the realm of smart home products is expanding each day.
Smart ThermostatSmart thermostats, one component of the automated home, enable users to monitor and adjust heating and cooling remotely.
Trane ThermostatTrane thermostats, known for producing “comfort on demand,” are easy to program and may be designed to function wirelessly. Trane thermostats make it easy for homeowners to monitor and adjust temperature controls remotely; many Trane thermostat models also offer tailored climate updates, weather reports, and usage advisories.
Vera Home AutomationVera home automation systems and affiliated products facilitate smart home automation, from initial installation to maintenance and upgrades. With over 900 certified partner products, Vera’s controllers, cameras, and affiliated products ensure an optimal automated home experience, from security and surveillance technology to heating and cooling, dimmers and switches, entertainment technology, and much, much more.
Water AlarmWater alarms alert homeowners the instant flooding or potential water damage is detected. Designed to send an alert straight to the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet, water alarms can significantly reduce, even eradicate, costly water damage by alerting the homeowner instantly to even small threats.
Water Sensor AlarmZ-Wave water sensor alarms are designed to alert homeowners the second flooding is detected. Equipped to send a message straight to the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet, Z-Wave water sensor alarms mitigate water damage by altering you early to any threats, from a tiny leak to a flash flood.
Wireless Light SwitchWireless light switches make it easy to control lights using nothing more than your smart phone or tablet. Rather than depending on an electrical connection, wireless light switches utilize radio transmission signals to convey messages. Wireless light switches mitigate the need for complex wiring and expensive home remodeling, and can enhance the overall security of any home or office.
Wireless lightingWireless lighting represents a “smart,” network-based solution to lighting. With wireless lighting installed in the home or office, users are empowered to monitor and adjust every light on the property – interior, exterior, security, and ambient – whether they’re on the premises or away.
Z-WaveA protocol for communication among devices used for home automation that uses a radio frequency (RF) for signaling and control. Z-Wave is a wireless technology protocol that uses RF for signaling and control and makes regular household products, like lights, door locks and thermostats "smart". Z-Wave enabled-devices communicate to each other wirelessly and securely. Controlling and accessing the Z-Wave devices are controlled remotely via a Z-Wave Gateway.
Z-Wave AllianceEstablished in 2005, the Z-Wave Alliance is a group of industry leaders throughout the world that are dedicated to the development and extension of Z-Wave as the key enabling technology for 'smart' home and business applications.
Z-Wave CameraZ-Wave cameras, designed to monitor and record activity both inside and outside the home, facilitate secure, remote, wireless security for home and business owners.
Z-Wave DevicesZ-Wave devices range in purpose, style, price, and size, but all refer to devices which “talk” to each other within an automated “smart” home. Z-Wave energy switches, lighting control modules, motion sensors, programmable thermostats, and garage door openers all fall under the category of Z-Wave devices – those which connect to a central hub for unified, wireless functioning, monitoring, and control.
Z-Wave DimmerZ-Wave dimmer switches are affordable, streamlined lighting dimmers designed to run on the Z-Wave “smart home” network. As such, Z-Wave dimmers may be programmed remotely as well as on premises.
Z-Wave Door SensorZ-Wave door sensors alert homeowners to door activity – when the door is opened or closed, when people enter and exit, and whether or not the door is locked. Z-Wave door sensors also boast the capacity to automatically control lights and other appliances when selected doors open or close.
Z-Wave Fan ControlZ-Wave Fan Controls are designed to replace standard wall-mounted fan switches. With a smart Z-Wave fan control, homeowners can turn fans on and off, adjust fan speed levels, and control groups of fans throughout the home – all from a tablet or smartphone.
Z-Wave Garage Door SensorZ-Wave garage door sensors enable homeowners to remotely monitor the status of the garage door. These smart sensors also send wireless signals to the homeowner’s smart device should tampering or damage be detected.
Z-Wave GatewayA Z-Wave Gateway is a device that gets connected to your WiFi router. By doing so, this allows you to connect to the Z-Wave network within your home whether you're at home or while you're away.
Z-Wave Home AutomationIn a Z-Wave automated home, appliances and devices – light switches, alarm systems, and sprinklers, for example – are controlled remotely. These devices all link to a hub. The hub is the gateway to creating a network between the devices. Using a smartphone or a tablet, a user can manage their home system from anywhere in the world.
Z-Wave Light SwitchZ-Wave light switches provide an inexpensive, energy-efficient way to enhance the comfort and quality of an automated home. These “smart” light switches monitor homeowner use, activating, for example, when the user enters and then deactivating when the room has emptied.
Z-Wave LocksZ-Wave locks represent the latest in smart locking – and smart home – technology, by empowering homeowners to monitor door and lock activity, even when far from the premises.
Z-Wave Network & Device UtilitiesThe Z-Wave network and utilities constitute a reliable, long-term approach to designing an automated “smart” home. The powerful, lightweight Z-Wave wireless network and Z-Wave-enhanced utilities make for a secure, energy-efficient solution to home control.
Z-Wave Outdoor CameraZ-Wave outdoor cameras monitor the property day and night, delivering up-to-date video footage to the homeowner’s smart phone or tablet – any time, anywhere.
Z-Wave PlusZ-Wave Plus is a certification program that recognizes products that have been optimized for easy set-up and installation. These Z-Wave Plus products remain interoperable with both Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus, and represent a more sophisticated level of compatibility across the board.
Z-Wave SensorsZ-Wave sensors detect motion, temperature, humidity, and more, and are designed to function on the highly efficient, lightweight, and robust Z-Wave network.
Z-Wave SirenZ-Wave sirens are the smartest, most streamlined way to protect your home from intruders, fire damage, and more. With distinctive warning sounds and flashing LED lights, Z-Wave sirens ensure that no home invasion will go undetected, and no intruder will leave undeterred.
Z-Wave Smoke DetectorZ-Wave smoke detectors work to wirelessly detect smoke or carbon dioxide in the home (as well as a variety of particulates, depending on the model). From there, the Z-Wave smoke detector notifies homeowners of any smoke in the air, and will send alerts to the user via the hub in the event of a low battery or other malfunction.
Z-Wave TechnologyZ-Wave technology is an automated (smart) home technology that runs on a wireless communications protocol, enabling devices and appliances in the home to become “smart,” communicating with each other, the hub or controller, and the user/homeowner.
Z-Wave ThermostatA Z-Wave thermostat is a “smart,” network-based solution to temperature control and regulation. Z-Wave thermostats allow homeowners to monitor and adjust temperature controls remotely, and many Z-Wave thermostats also provide tailored climate updates, weather reports, and usage advisories.
Z-Wave Water SensorZ-Wave “smart” water sensors allow for offer automated management of water use, and are designed to detect leaks and floods, prevent water damage, and regulate water output.
Z-Wave Water ValveZ-Wave “smart” water valves run on a wireless Z-Wave network and offer automated control of water use, both in and outside. Z-Wave water valves can detect leaks and floods, prevent water damage in the event of a burst pipe, and control sprinkler activity.

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