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Home Automation Technology Feature Comparison

Choosing a Home Automation technology that meets your needs today and in the future can be confusing.

This selection guide shows all the key features of Z-Wave, LightwaveRF and INSTEON, enabling you to easily select the technology that's best for you.


Z-Wave LightwaveRF INSTEON
Wireless Frequency (EU) 868.42MHz 433.92MHz 869.85MHz
Powerline (via mains wiring)
Mesh Network
Maximum number of devices 232 per controller 6 per room (total 48) 400 per controller
Maximum number of Controllers Unlimited 6 per device Unlimited
Maximum Range 50m (outdoors) - 30m (indoors) 20m (indoors) 50m (outdoors) - 30m (indoors)
Two-way communication
Command Acknowledgement
Device Status Report
Devices act as repeaters
(mains-powered devices only)
Simulcasting - devices retransmit message
(mains-powered devices only)
Device Types Controllers, Slaves & Routing Slaves Controllers & Slaves Peers - all act as Controller and Slaves
Devices added to Network Devices manually
Devices manually
Automatically added
at power-on
Scenes, moods & groups
Network Authentication
Logging and reporting
Scripting support
Smartphone Apps iPhone / Android iPhone / Android iPhone / Android
Product Range
Socket Styles UK, Schuko & France/Belgium UK only UK & Schuko
Socket adapters
Retrofit Sockets & Switches Switches only
Insert Modules Relay & Dimmers Relay only Relay & Dimmers
Sensors Limited
Heating Control End 2013 Limited
Power Monitoring Limited
Internet Gateway Controller
Number of products available 100+ 30+ 15+
Number of Vendors 26 1 1
Scenarios - Applications that the products are most suitable for.
Lighting Control
Appliance/Power Control
Energy Management/Monitoring
Heating Control



Vesternet is Europe’s leading home automation specialist. Whatever your needs, you’ll be able to find just what you’re looking for in our range of Z-Wave, ZigBee, LightwaveRF and INSTEON home automation products.

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