Have questions about getting started with smart home technology and feeling a little overwhelmed? You came to the right place, because we have answers. We recently spent a few days asking wanna-be smart home owners what they wanted to know. Here are answers to a few of the most common questions they had for us.
The answer to this could be an article in itself, but the short version is this: home control and home automation are the things that smart homes do. Home control means being able to operate your lights and locks and thermostats and so forth remotely, from a single device like your smartphone. Home automation is the process of programming those devices so that they operate automatically, in ways that best suit your lifestyle.
Absolutely! Technologies like Z-Wave work wirelessly, so while you may need to tap into the existing wiring in your home to replace your existing lights and thermostat with smart equivalents, you won't need to add any additional wiring.
The easiest way is to look for products with the Z-Wave logo. Z-Wave products are built to be interoperable. That doesn't mean that you're limited to only Z-Wave products, though. Some hubs, like SmartThings and Wink, support several different standards. So your best bet is to check the website for your hub's manufacturer and see which products it supports.
Most likely, no. Baby monitors in North America operate on frequencies around 49 MHz, 902 MHz, or 2.4 GHz, and those in the middle could potentially overlap with Z-Wave's operating frequency of 908.42 MHz. Your best bet, if you have concerns, is to opt for a baby monitor that has selectable channels, or buy one that operates at much lower or higher frequencies.
Not at all. While most smart home systems rely on your home network for some functions (like remote access and communications between your smartphone and smart hub), the bulk of the home control action takes place on a separate wireless network that doesn't interfere with Wi-Fi at all.
Any technology that uses the internet to communicate can be susceptible to intrusion. However, with Z-Wave, it’s very unlikely. With its 128-bit encryption and advanced security framework, a Z-Wave smart home system is likely more secure than your Wi-Fi network.
Not a chance. While we talk a lot about "smart" home technology, a Z-Wave system isn't really intelligent. The smarts come from the very simple programming you do: for example, "If I unlock the front door, turn on the foyer light." Beyond that, the system can't make its own decisions. You can use it to freak out your friends, though.
Still have questions? We have more answers. Be sure to check out the Z-Wave FAQ to learn more about getting started with your own smart home.
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Some of the most popular and sought after items for homeowners are things that protect and keep a home safe. Whether it's preventing burglaries and unwanted intruders or making sure your home is protected from the elements, these purchases are among the most important you can make for your family. But what about protecting your home from the elements?
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.
Instead, just use smart locks to give them a virtual key, and to give a virtual key to baby sitters, dog walkers, and temporary guests. You don't need to ask your neighbor to water your lawn while you're out of town, or to check to see if you closed the garage door and turned off the lights. You can monitor your lawn watering, and the status of your doors and lights, with your smartphone or tablet.
And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.
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.
The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.
The Piper NV ticks a lot of boxes and goes beyond a lot of the other offerings out there. The app also works with Z-Wave devices. That means if you have any other Z-Wave smart home devices, like plug sockets or smart lights, you can control them all through your Piper app too.
By adding a few pieces of technology to your home, you can ensure that your children, your house, and your belongings are safe, everyone gets out the door on time, and that after-school chores are handled promptly.
The smart home revolution is only just beginning, and technology companies are still working out how it is all going to work together — but if you want to, you can make your home 'smart' today