Z-Wave - the gold standard protocol

At homee there are already quite a few cubes that can make your home smarter, more comfortable and secure. And of course we are constantly working on integrating lots of new and exciting devices, which means that the number of devices and technologies supported increases with almost every update. The whole thing can therefore quickly become confusing for smart home beginners. In order to bring a little light into the smart darkness, we will introduce you to the individual cubes and thus the wireless standards in more detail.

Now is the turn of our purple buddy, the Z-Wave Cube. 

What is Z-Wave? 

Z-Wave is the name for a radio technology that was developed in 2001 by 2 Danish engineers. The Z-Wave Alliance was founded in 2005. It is a group of companies that have further developed the standard and are responsible for quality. 

Z-Wave becomes a uniform and stable smart home network in which all sensors (transmitters) and actuators (receivers) can communicate with the control unit. 

Z-Wave is an open radio standard. This means that every manufacturer can adapt its products to this standard, but only if certain guidelines are followed. For example, all devices must be combinable so that different manufacturers and products can be used.
With over 2,100 products, Z-Wave is the most widely used wireless technology in the world.

Radio technology

Z-Wave is a standardized radio system, a kind of “language” through which the devices speak to each other. Just like your cell phone used to send data back and forth via Bluetooth, Z-Wave devices exchange data with each other and with the Smart Home Gateway using the Z-Wave radio protocol. Our Z-Wave Cube uses this wireless technology and integrates it into your smart home.

Z-Wave uses different radio frequencies between 850 and 950 MHz worldwide. This has the advantage that a greater radio range and a stronger penetration of the walls is achieved. 

All communication is encrypted. However, it is not possible to control your Z-Wave devices directly from your mobile phone.

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Z-Wave Pros

Z-Wave uses a bidirectional communication. This means that every device has to confirm the communication. This makes Z-Wave ideal for Security systems

Z-Wave is also set up as a mesh network, which means that every Z-Wave device increases the range. Electric devices can be used as Repeaters to transmit signals from battery-operated devices. So every device increases the total range of the entire network.

There is no other radio standard that combines so many different devices and manufacturers.

As a rule, Z-Wave products use very little energy. This applies to battery and electric powered devices.

EnOcean Pros and Cons

Z-Wave Cons

Z-Wave devices are quite expensive compared to other radio technologies devices. Due to the short range, which can only be improved by using several Z-Wave devices, which makes of a complete home automation system a very expensive one.. In addition, the data transmission speed of 100 kBit / s is relatively low, which is why only small amounts of data can be transmitted.

Our Z-Wave Cube

With the Z-Wave Cube from homee you connect a wide variety of brands, such as Abus, Aeotec, Fibaro and many more. The complete home automation can be done with our Z-Wave Cube in combination with our Brain Cube. However, in combination with our other cubes (EnOcean, Zigbee, Hörmann BiSecur, WAREMA WMS) you can control a wide variety of devices from a wide variety of radio protocols and brands via one system.

Here you come directly to our Z-Wave Cube.

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can join our great homee Community or send a question to support@homee.de Together we can make every house smarter.

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