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Frequently Asked Questions - Z-Wave Devices

Answers From Z-Wave Experts

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

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Okay, but how do I know which hub or controller to purchase?

Before you take the plunge and buy a controller, first assess the devices you already own – or the ones you plan to purchase. If the majority of your devices are already Z-Wave devices, then any Z-Wave controller will probably work well in your smart home. Even if you have a large home, Z-Wave runs on a “mesh” network, which means that signals from devices run through each other on their way to a hub. The signal needn’t travel all the way from device to hub – it can hop from device to device until it reaches home base.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking to combine Home Automation Protocols, or you know you’ll want the freedom to customize and enhance your Z-Wave smart home for years to come, you might consider investing in a more robust, scalable controller, like the SmartThings Hub, which consistently ranks highly in consumer reviews. Other favored controllers include the Veralite, which facilitates the creation of complicated “scenes,” and the Hometroller S6, which provides maximum strength and scalability in a sturdy, durable package.

Finally, there’s the Z-Stick, which turns any computer into a Z-Wave controller – handy if you’re looking for something highly streamlined or scalable, but perhaps not the best option if high-level security and stability are your main priorities.

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