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To some extent Z-Wave and Nest are competing technologies, with both offering ways to control the heating in your home and both capable of providing security for your home with Smoke / CO Alarms and CCTV camera integration. However, each technology has its own strengths and weaknesses, so which do you choose?
Well, what if you didn't have to choose between them at all?
An ideal solution would be to have a combined (hybrid) system so that you can select the best products from either technology.
Figure 1: Using Z-Wave and Nest Together.
Creating a hybrid system is very easy to do and works incredibly well.
The core of the system is either Homey, the VERA Plus Z-Wave Controller or the Fibaro Home Center 2 Z-Wave Controller together with a reliable Internet connection! These can be seen within the Z-Wave Controller range.
The Homey, VERA or Fibaro Z-Wave Controller use a software "Plugin" to communicate with the Nest Cloud services via Ethernet over your Internet connection, hence the reliability of this integration is dependant on the service provided by your ISP.
In practise we didn't experience any connectivity problems nor any discernible delays between the systems communicating, so even the most basic of Internet service should be fine. Since Homey, VERA and Fibaro are native Z-Wave controllers they will also communicate and control all of the Z-Wave devices in the system.
This approach enables you to pick and choose the products from each technology and use the ones that you prefer.
Homey, Fibaro and VERA controllers are much more powerful than the simple services offered by the Nest Cloud, so as well as supporting Z-Wave devices they will enable you to easily create more complex automation scenes and schedules that can automate your entire home.
Figure 2: Using Nest with the Fibaro, VERA and Homey Apps.
Z-Wave has a huge range of devices available from a wide number of manufacturers - you'll always find the right product for your needs.
Nest has a range of exceptionally designed devices, covering heating, safety and security.