What is Z-Wave?

Z-Wave

What is Z-Wave

Z-Wave is a wireless communication technology that uses reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and furniture, meaning you don't have to rip-up carpets and floors to add new wiring.

Features such as 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!

Using Z-Wave 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.

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

Connecting Z-Wave devices

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

Module

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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

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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

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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

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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 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? Using Z-Wave with Philips Hue Using Z-Wave and LightwaveRF Together
 
Using Z-Wave and Nest The Guide to a User Friendly and Stable Z-Wave Network Understanding Z-Wave Networks, Nodes and Devices How do Z-Wave Controllers and Devices Work?
 
Z-Wave Technology: Groups, Scenes and Associations