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Z-Wave Technology

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

Z-Wave Technology Overview

Z-Wave technology represents the proverbial wave of the future: the advent of the automated home, in which all devices become smart devices, talking to each other to alert the user – the homeowner – of necessary updates, relevant conditions, and imminent concerns. From predicting the weather to regulating heating and cooling; from automating lighting to creating customized “scenes”; from protecting your property to protecting your children, the automated home does it all – and everything begins with Z-Wave technology.

Let’s back up. Technically, Z-Wave technology all begins with a wireless communications protocol which is installed in the home. Lightweight, robust, and energy-efficient, the Z-Wave protocol is NOT your WIFI signal, and will never interfere with your Internet connections, nor with any other wireless frequencies, like Bluetooth. Instead, Z-Wave technology runs on its own economical signal, creating a “mesh” network in which all smart devices communicate with each other, delivering messages through linked appliances on their way to the central “hub.”

From there, the hub (also called a controller or gateway) directs information to the user, or homeowner, which appears via an app on a linked smart phone or tablet. In this way, homeowners can monitor the state of the home – from the sprinkler system to the motion sensors and much, much more – even when they’re far away. Z-Wave devices can help homeowners do everything from controlling heating and cooling, to video-monitoring children, the elderly, or contractors, to ensuring that lights and alarms turn on and off as necessary. And the best part is, all of this can occur remotely; the homeowner need not set foot in the home to control, adjust, and monitor every smart device in the house.

In terms of specs, Z-Wave utilizes the Part 15 unlicensed ISM band – otherwise known as the industrial, scientific, and medical radio – an international reservation for use of radio frequency to control scientific and industrial devices rather than those of communications, like the Internet. Z-Wave operates at 908.2 MHz in the United States and Canada – check abroad for varying frequencies, depending on other countries’ regulations.

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