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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Why should I invest in a Z-Wave network – and a Z-Wave sensor?

A Z-Wave automated home represents the home of the future: one which alerts its users to any changes, problems, or potential threats – security or otherwise. Z-Wave, a robust, lightweight wireless signal that operates on a different frequency than your WIFI signal, allows smart devices throughout the home – including Z-Wave sensors – to communicate with each other in order to provide the smart homeowner with a uniquely tailored experience.

Most Z-Wave users claim that once you go smart, you never go back. This is because Z-Wave automated homes provide enhanced security, streamlined comfort, and cost-efficiency – at a reasonable, sustainable cost. Z-Wave sensors, one of the many Z-Wave devices available today, are the epitome of effective security: in monitoring climate change in addition to human activity, they are able to alert the user to any potential security breaches – before they even occur.

And, consider the other ways Z-Wave sensors might help you. Perhaps you’re caring for an elderly relative. A Z-Wave sensor, in this case, could alert you to strange activity – especially if your loved one takes a fall or attempts to leave the premises.


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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