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What is Z-Wave Plus

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What is Z-Wave Plus

Z-Wave Plus™ is a new certification program designed to help consumers identify products that take advantage of the recently introduced "Next Gen" Z-Wave hardware platform, also know as 500 Series, 5th Generation, Z-Wave for Gen5 or just plain Gen5. Z-Wave Plus certified solutions feature a selected set of extended features and capabilities that enhance the end user experience and make Z-Wave systems even faster and easier to install and set up.

Z-Wave Plus improves on the original specifications of Z-Wave by making use of the latest advancements in this exciting technology. With the introduction of the Next-Gen, Z-Wave has extended its capabilities, including increased range, extended battery life, Over The Air upgrading (OTA), additional RF channels and more - all of which are fully backwards compatible with existing Z-Wave products. These enhancements offer tremendous benefits in terms of shorter and easier installations, richer device profiles, improved self-healing and longer battery life.

Using Z-Wave Plus in your home enables you to easily create a modern Smart Home, giving you control of your lights, appliances, heating, security and multimedia at the touch of a button. Two-way communication, status updates and mesh networking combine together to ensure reliability and resiliency in your Home Automation system - no more wondering whether the light in your garage really turned off when you closed the door!

Z-Wave is the leading wireless home automation technology offering significant benefits compared to older technologies

  • Two-way wireless communication - all messages acknowledged, if one gets lost it is automatically repeated
  • Status updates - you know the status of every device on the system (lights, heating, appliances...)
  • Mesh networking - automatically covers dead-spots, great for large installations
  • Easy control - use a remote control, central controller, smartphone apps or via the Internet

Z-Wave Plus extended features include:

  • Significant increased range - up to 150m (clear air)
  • 50% improvement in battery life
  • 250% more bandwidth
  • Three F channels for improved noise immunity and higher bandwidth
  • New Plug-n-Play Network-wide Inclusion feature
  • Improved self-healing and fault tolerance with Explorer Frame feature
  • Standardised method for Over the Air firmware updates (OTA)
  • Improved product information capture for product certification database

 

Z-Wave Plus in Practice

The new features of the Z-Wave Plus devices are a great extension to Z-Wave and will help you make the most robust, solid wireless home automation system possible. But, you need to be a little careful of expectations - especially as the first devices are introduced using the new features and command classes available in the Z-Wave 500 series chips.

If you have a complete Z-Wave Plus system, where every device is of the new Gen5 variety, then you wouldn't have any issues. They would work together seamlessly (better than any Z-Wave system so far), and you would get all the benefits that the new features offer such as extended battery life, much longer range and increased bandwidth. However, this is probably not the way you'll initially use them - you'll use them with existing Z-Wave devices, sensors and controllers based on the 300-series and 400-series Z-Wave chips. This is where you need to be a little careful.

Battery Life

The battery life for Z-Wave Plus devices is significantly improved over previous generations. It doesn't relay on any other devices in the system, therefore, you will see the extended battery life offered by Z-Wave Plus devices - up to 50% longer than existing devices.

Range

The range of devices relies heavily on other devices in the network. If you are using a mix of Z-Wave Plus and existing devices you will not see the increase in range offered by Z-Wave Plus.

Controller

The main consideration is the Z-Wave controller - if the controller is not Z-Wave Plus enabled than all devices added to that controller's network will default to acting as Z-Wave. This is because Z-Wave Plus is back-wards compatible with Z-Wave devices, when it is installed with Z-Wave devices it behaves just like a Z-Wave device as those existing devices have no way to communicate with it using Z-Wave Plus commands.

If you do have a Z-Wave Plus controller, then you will start to see the benefits of Z-Wave Plus, but make sure that the other devices in the 'route' to the Z-Wave Plus device are also compatible. Otherwise, it will again default to operating as a plain Z-Wave device.

 

Connecting Z-Wave Plus devices

Connecting Z-Wave Plus devices is extremely easy and user friendly, most times requiring only a single click to add a Z-Wave Plus device into your home network.

Module

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Module Inclusion

Access the Web UI and click "Add Device"

Click the Z-Wave button on the module if needed

The module will appear on the Dashboard

Motion Sensor

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Motion Sensor Inclusion

Open the App and click "Add Device"

Click the Z-Wave button on the sensor

The sensor will show in the App

Thermostatic Valve

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

TRV Inclusion

Follow the video and click on your device

Click the Z-Wave button on the TRV

You can assign the TRV to one or more Dashboards

Smart Socket

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Smart Socket Inclusion

Access the Web UI and click "Add"

Click the Z-Wave button on the socket if needed

The socket will show on the Devices section of the UI

Note: Some steps removed

 

Related Reading

We've gathered below links to various resources that can help you with Z-Wave Plus devices, help you use Z-Wave with other technologies and understand the inner workings of the Z-Wave protocol.

 
Z-Wave Help Guides, Tutorials and Tips & Tricks LightwaveRF or Z-wave? X10 vs. Z-Wave? Using Philips Hue with Nest
 
Using Z-Wave and LightwaveRF Together Using Z-Wave and Nest Using Z-Wave with Philips Hue The Guide to a User Friendly and Stable Z-Wave Network
 
How do Z-Wave Controllers and Devices Work? Z-Wave Technology: Groups, Scenes and Associations Understanding Z-Wave Networks, Nodes and Devices

 

Z-Wave Devices

There are Z-Wave products for just about any application you can think of, and Vesternet have the widest range of products in Europe - all backed by our Life-Time Technical Support.

  • Controllers

    Z-Wave controllers and remotes are the starting point of your smart home automated network. Choose from simple keyfobs or handheld remotes.

  • Sensors

    Z-Wave sensors are the building blocks of your home automation network. All allow you to build up your wireless home energy and security network as you choose.

  • Fibaro

    Fibaro offers one of the best Z-Wave home automation solutions available today, including dimmers, switches, wall plugs, sensors and controllers.

  • Lighting & Sockets

    Z-Wave switches and dimmers enable you to easily add wireless control to any of your home’s lights or appliances.

  • Door Locks

    Door locks are the ultimate security accessory for your smart home. When connected to your Z-Wave network they can be remotely controlled.

  • Windows

    Z-Wave Blind, Curtain and Shutter controls and interfaces can automatically open or close your blinds and curtains in the home.

  • Starter Kits

    Choose from one of our pre-configured Z-Wave starter kits which get you up and running fast into the world of Z-Wave.

  • Qubino

    Qubino offer a range of Z-Wave modules to control lighting, appliances, heating and blinds.

  • Heating and Cooling

    Z-Wave thermostats allow full control of your home energy, from a central boiler or even by each individual radiator.

  • Zipato

    Zipato offers a simple Z-Wave home automation solution that can be easily expanded with additional modules to meet your growing needs.

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