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The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

If you're one of the roughly 50 percent of homeowners looking to add smart home technology to your home in the coming year, chances are good that you've either put a lot of thought and planning into your purchases, or you're absolutely daunted by the staggering number of options. It isn't always easy to know, after all, if the smart locks you buy today are compatible with the smart thermostat you're thinking of buying tomorrow, or the light switches and dimmers already installed in your home. There is one simple way to avoid this conundrum, though: look for the Z-Wave logo.

What is Z-Wave for smart homes?

Z-Wave is actually two things. Firstly, it's a wireless technology designed for the home that allows devices in and around your home to talk to one another. Secondly, it's an alliance made up of hundreds of companies—names you know, like ADT, LG, Honeywell, Kwikset, Verizon, Yale, Panasonic, and many more—all dedicated to creating useful connected products. So even if your doors locks, thermostat, lighting controls, and security system are all made by different manufacturers, if they have Z-Wave inside, they're compatible with one another. It's as simple as that.

Why should I chose Z-Wave?

In addition to giving you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that all of your connected devices will work together, Z-Wave is all about convenience and ease of use. Z-Wave devices are super simple to install—requiring no new wires—and it's easy to add new devices as your needs and budget grow.

Of course, you may be wondering why you should care if the smart devices in your home work together at all. What's the benefit, for example, of having a garage door opener that can hold a conversation with your lights, for example? Or a thermostat that knows when your front door is unlocked? Simply put, allowing your smart devices to communicate with one another allows you to create useful shortcuts that make your life easier and safer. Shutting down the house for the night can be just as simple with the creation of a "Good Night" macro that turns off all of your interior lights, makes sure that all of the doors are locked, and dials your thermostat to a more energy-conscious temperature while you're sleeping—all with the simple touch of a single button.

Z-Wave devices not only communicate with each other, but they can also communicate with you. For example, you can receive an alert if your garage door is still open when it's time to go to bed or be reminded that the thermostat is set to "heat" on a weekday when you may be out of the house. Better yet, you can shut your garage door right from your phone using your smart home app, or adjust the heat only to turn on when you are on you way home.


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Control your home with the Apple Watch? Z-Wave's got it covered.

Control your home with the Apple Watch? Z-Wave's got it covered.

The Apple Watch is already great at a lot of things. It's perfect for keeping tabs on your personal fitness goals, for quickly checking (and even replying to) text messages and phone calls, for glancing at the weather forecast, and even for paying for purchases with Apple Pay. But what about controlling your home?

Cool Ways to Use Motion Sensors in Your Smart Home

Cool Ways to Use Motion Sensors in Your Smart Home

We often talk about smart home in terms of devices: how flood sensors can save you from soggy disaster; what makes one Z-Wave hub different from another. But when you get right down to it, it's the programming that makes a smart home smart, not to mention uniquely yours.

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Spring Forward Simply with Smart Home Tech

Spring Forward Simply with Smart Home Tech

The evenings are getting brighter and the days are warmer. It can only mean one thing - spring is almost here! With spring comes the reminder to turn our clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time. How can a smart home help?

Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

The concept of home lighting is pretty simple: you hit a switch, the room is illuminated. The light switch functionality hasn't changed much since its invention. But what if you could power them all of your lights down instantly at the touch of a single button? With Z-Wave smart home technology, you can. Quite easily. And that's just scratching the surface of the intelligence you can add to your home with automation called "scenes."

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Make Your Smart Home Pet Friendly

Make Your Smart Home Pet Friendly

Anyone who's ever lived with a pet knows that they're creatures of habit. And really, smart home technology is really just way of teaching your own house a few good habits of its own.

You have smart home questions, we have... well, smart answers

You have smart home questions, we have... well, smart answers

Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers.

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With live and recorded video, instant mobile alerts, Z-Wave home automation and an extensive list of environmental sensors, Piper nv is an excellent choice for a home or office.

What Are 'ZigBee' and 'Z-Wave' Smarthome Products?


ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two wireless protocols that pretty much all hub-based smarthome products use. There are a small handful of smarthome accessory makers that use their own standard (like Insteon, for instance), but ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two biggest open protocols out there.

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One of the best reasons for upgrading your home with smart devices is to conserve energy (and money spent on energy bills). And there's no better time than now

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What will really set you apart from your neighbors is installing a system that comes complete with an accompanying mobile app. The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module does exactly that. When guests are leaving, you can wow them with a simple tap on your smart device.

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Connection to all of your smart devices shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, given that the SmartThings hub offers many of the well-known wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.

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A smart, or connected, home is defined as one where the lights, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC), security alarm and other household devices can be automated and remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer. The key drivers in smart home adoption are home security, energy efficiency, entertainment, convenience/productivity, connectivity and health monitoring.