What is Z-Wave and what it can bring to the home automation?

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

What is Z-Wave?

Z-Wave is a wireless protocol widely used in smart home solution, as well as zigbee. Z-Wave was born from an idea by Danish company Zensys that using low-energy radio waves to make commnuication from appliance to appliance.

In comparison with other home automation protocols, Z-Wave creates a mesh network that allows device communicate with another devices more easily. Z-wave products such as lighting control,thermostats, door/window sensors, smart locks, motion sensors, and other Z-Wave devices need to be certificated to ensure the running of the mesh network. 

Z-Wave vs Zigbee vs Wi-Fi vs BLE, what are the differences among home automation protocols?

Z-Wave and Zigbee are both focus on connectivity within smart home. Based on IEEE802.15.4 standard, Zigbee is more flexible and open enough for development and configuration of specific applications. Compared with Zigbee protocol, Z-Wave allows any node to communicate with other nearby nodes in the communication range directly or indirectly due to the wireless mesh network technology. Z-wave is simpler than zigbee so that the development is more efficient.

Unlike Wi-Fi, where devices need to have Wi-Fi connectivity to connect to a central router, Z-Wave devices can be linked up together from the network. The Z-Wave products also need a hub to deliver data to the clouds, but the sensors and detectors don’t need to have Wi-Fi themselves.

Compared to the Z-Wave is capable of supporting various connected Z-Wave products, most Bluetooth devices cannot support mesh networking.

Why Z-wave widely used in home automation?

Z-Wave hub link up Z-Wave devices together

With the growth of home atuomation, more and more Z-Wave devices are connected to build personnally smart home system. The one of the greatest strengths of Z-Wave is that when new device added to the smart home makes the network more robust.

With the Edge Home Z-Wave Controller, you can develop samrt home solution more flexible because of the self programmable capability of the Z-Wave hub. Based on Linux OpenWrt system, the Z-Wave gateway is more efficient for integrating with different platforms while getting every Z-Wave devices under control. Platforms such as Tuya, AylaNetwork, Alibaba IoT, and HomeKit are supported by Dusun’s Z-Wave hub.

On the other side, the Z-Wave self programmable devices allow the IoT solution providers and developers to build their smart home system more easily. This is not merely about the highly programming, but more than the multi-protocol (e.g. Zigbee, BLE, 3G/4G LTE) the Z-Wave hub compatible.

Linking up all the Z-Wave products together, that makes you schedule events and manage them online from anywhere. The hub is designed to make your home, your office, and smart buildings more comfortable and secure.

Refer to here for more details of our Z-Wave programmable hub.