Browsing: Z-Wave

Oriented to the residential control and the home automation market, Z-Wave is a wireless communication protocol, which is intended to provide a reliable method of wireless control. Ever since first appearing on the market in 2005, devices with integration of the wireless protocol have become a notable part of the smart home industry. Due to the protocol’s lower requirement of power, compared to other wireless protocols, it is also a leading choice for manufacturers and smart home enthusiasts. Furthermore, the protocol provides devices with a more safe and secure wireless network connectivity.

Developed by Danish startup Zen-Sys and later acquired by Sigma Designs, the Z-Wave home automation protocol has been implemented in a number of smart home devices. Usually, such devices are controlled by a central hub, operated through the protocol, and can be controlled remotely via the Internet. With hundreds of manufacturers putting out products, which implement the secure protocol, on the market, since 2005, there have been over 35 million sales of Z-Wave devices.

Currently, the smart home market is seeing a huge rise in the diversity of devices. While most of them implement the Z-Wave technology, there is an ongoing debate on whether or not it is the best protocol to be used for the Internet of Things. Bluetooth and ZigBee are two other wireless protocols, which are considered to be the competitors of Z-Wave. However, smart home enthusiasts most generally prefer Z-Wave, due to its reliability and security. Furthermore, the protocol is part of the OpenZwave open source project, which allows people to more easily create their own smart home solutions, without the need of expensive software development kits. Another project shaping the future of the protocol is the RaZberry, which is a project implementing the wireless protocol into a Raspberry Pi, creating a daughter board for the Raspberry Pi, in the form of a credit-card-sized single-board computer board with Z-Wave properties. Both of these projects make Z-Wave lucrative not only for huge hardware manufacturers, but for smart home enthusiasts, who also shape the future of the smart home industry.

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The State of Zigbee Today (Zigbee vs. Z-Wave)

Zigbee and Z-Wave are the two major protocols running for the spot of best wireless communication protocol for the smart home. Yet, does Zigbee manage to comply with all 2019 industry standards? Let’s discuss!  It’s obvious that here at BuildYourSmartHome.co we are quite the Z-Wave enthusiasts.… Read More
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What is the Best Z-Wave USB Stick?

We all know that setting up a complete Home Automation system can be quite expensive. Most people want to test out things first before they spend a big amount of money only to realize later that the gadgets don’t properly work in their environment.… Read More
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The Best Z-Wave Thermostat

Thermostats play an important role in every home automation system because most people would like to optimize their monthly energy bills with the help of cutting-edge technology. One benefit of a perfectly automated smart home is the ability to cut your costs, in the long run, letting the system basically pay for itself with the cost savings in the upcoming years.… Read More
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Top 4 Z-Wave Controllers for 2018 (No.1 will surprise you)

The market for Z-Wave controllers can be a bit overwhelming at first glance but we compiled a comprehensive list of the most suitable controllers for being the central component of a majority of home automation systems. We created a short review of every product to summarize the most important key points.… Read More
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Zigbee to Dominate the IoT Market by 2023

A notable business intelligence firm in the IoT sector, ON World, released a report noting that Zigbee chips will dominate the market by 2023. In particular they noted that by 2023, the sales of the chips will reach one billion annually, marking 85% of the expected 4.5 billion cumulative IEEE 802.15.4 mesh device worldwide market.… Read More
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Z-Wave vs. Zigbee Breakdown – A Price Comparison

Z-Wave and Zigbee have many differences, but which one would end up costing you cheaper? Are Zigbee products cheaper than their Z-Wave counterparts? Let’s check with a detailed price comparison.  Recently, we’ve been doing some inventory and we found that our love for Z-Wave products is quite obvious.… Read More
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Which is the best Z-Wave Garage Door Controller?

Z-Wave is one of the most widely used wireless communication protocols in the world of smart home and IoT devices. That’s why, if you are looking for an easy and smart garage door solution, one of your best options is to choose a Z-Wave Garage Door Controller. … Read More
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The IOT Roundup – What’s been happening this week?

Every week the team at BYSH like to bring you the stories that have made the headlines in the world of IOT.  So, without any further hesitation, here are this week’s top stories: Cortana and Alexa grab a coffee In news that came a little out of left field, Microsoft and Amazon are going to allow their digital assistants to become available on each other’s devices. … Read More
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Ransomware and Your Smart Home – The Security of Z-Wave

Smart home technology is all around us, but what’s the security of Z-Wave, the wireless communications protocol that drives the inter-connectivity of your devices?  The world around us is changing by the second. Innovation in wireless connectivity and the protocols that allow devices to talk to each other is what makes smart homes a reality.… Read More
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Easy Z-Wave Smart Blinds and Shades Automation Solution with MOVEZ

Reaching More than 70-percent of their IndieGoGo goal in less than a week, MOVEZ is the perfect Z-Wave based motorized solution that can help you easily automate the blinds and the shades in your home.  Designed and produced by Teptron, MOVE is a series of easy-to-install smart home devices that let you your blinds or shades.… Read More
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Logitech Home Hub Extender with Z-Wave and Zigbee

Zigbee and Z-Wave are definitely on the rise. That’s why Logitech has decided to incorporate this technology into their product portfolio. The Logitech Home Hub Extender will expand your existing Logitech Harmony Hub with the capability to talk to Z-Wave and Zigbee enabled devices.… Read More
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Z-Wave

Z-Wave was developed by a Danish startup called Zensys. It is a proprietary wireless communications protocol specifically designed for the needs of remote control applications and therefore all kinds of home automation devices.  While using a low-power wireless technology it supports the communication via a mesh structure which means that several Z-Wave devices also act as a signal repeater and verify that the commands were sent successfully.… Read More