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What is a Z-Wave Home Automation?

What is Z-Wave?

Like Wi-Fi, Z-Wave is a wireless communication technology. It allows all approved Z-Wave devices to talk to each other no matter who has made them. All of that communication happens reliably, without interference, without consuming a lot of power, and it all happens securely.

 Wireless.

No cables. No complex installation. No fuss.

Z-Wave uses a low-frequency, high-range wireless technology allowing our Z-Wave products to talk over distances as great as 300 feet / 91 metres.

 Low power.

Whether it's a Z-Wave product we've designed to help you save energy or one of our battery powered products, all our our devices utilise Z-Wave's low power capabilities.

 Secure.

Home automation needs to be secure. New range of Gen5 Z-Wave (Z-Wave plus) products set themselves apart by utilising multiple layers of security, from device codes to signal encryption, to avoid security breaches and interference.

 Interference free.

Little is worse than unreliability. Z-Wave avoids being affected by, as well as causing, wireless interference and weak signals by using low-frequency channels to communicate.

z-wave mesh Mesh technology.

Wireless signals get lost. Z-Wave signals don't. That's because key Z-Wave devices act as part of a mesh network, receiving, amplifying and repeating signals intended for other Z-Wave devices.

build z-wave system Expandable.

Buy a device today and another in a year. Z-Wave is the expandable Z-Wave home automation standard, capable of being expanded and modified at any time, and to suit any budget.

diy z-wave Easy to use.

Whether they're DIY or professionally done,  Z-Wave products have been designed to be easy to install and be even easier to use.

z-wave compatible Cross compatible.

It's your home and it's your system. Z-Wave affords you the use of any manufacturers' hardware, any Z-Wave chip including the new Z-Wave 500 series, and any interface from computers to mobile phones. Experience it as you want.

Simplified Wireless Home Control is Finally a Reality!

Z-Wave is a broadly-accepted interoperable standard that has been adopted by industry leading manufacturers. This award-winning breakthrough technology finally makes wireless whole-home control simple, practical and affordable for any household.
Z-Wave enabled products are based on a common communications platform and interoperate with each other regardless of brand. Each Z-Wave certified product has to pass a stringent conformance test to assure it meets the Z-Wave standard for operation and interoperability with other Z-Wave certified devices and controls. All Z-Wave enabled products offer reliable, confirmable, 2-way control communications throughout the home, without the need for any new wiring or any complex programming.

Z-Wave: The Technology of Choice

Z-Wave has been designed from the ground up for residential and light commercial applications such as lighting control, thermostats, garage doors and access control, security systems, blinds and drapes, Internet gateways, PC applications, media center integration, and universal remote controls. Z-Wave products make perfect sense for today’s households—that’s why it’s the technology of choice for wireless home control.

Lighting One-touch control over any interior or exterior lights, with automated routines and customised ambient environments.

Home Entertainment
Effortlessly control multiple systems throughout the house, through walls, floors and cabinets

HVAC Control
and automate heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for maximum comfort and energy savings

Safety & Security
Z-Wave devices can activate other Z-Wave devices and notify the homeowner when security systems are tripped

Windows & Coverings
Operate motorised shades by remote control, or through commands from other Z-Wave devices

Appliance Controls
Easily add kitchen, laundry, workroom and garden appliances to a home network.

Unlike conventional home control systems, which require a major up-front investment, Z-Wave is a modular technology. Consumers can add as much or as little control to their homes as they like— and build their Z-Wave capabilities over time!

Mesh Networking Technology
Z-Wave’s innovative mesh networking technology routes 2-way command signals from one Z-Wave device to another, around any obstacles or radio dead spots that might occur throughout the home. The result is assured, reliable whole-house coverage, with simple confirmation messages that give end users peace of mind.

Rich Entertainment Experience
Z-Wave is today’s most widely used RF technology for remote controls. Z-Wave’s metadata handling capabilities and 2-way communications can provide a rich entertainment experience in keeping with today’s advanced digital sources, including, for example, song, artist and album displayed right on the remote control.

X10 Vs. Z-Wave

Feature/Issue X10 Z-Wave
Technology Powerline (uses existing wiring in your home to transmit commands) RF (radio frequency) based at 921.40 Mhz
Installation Normally requires an electrician to install a phase coupler at your electrical panel to couple your power phases. If not installed, the system may be unreliable. No extra hardware required for installation. System may be installed by the end user.
Protocol Uses simple bit patterns on the powerline to transmit ON/OFF commands to devices. No checking is performed on the data. Uses data packets similar to Ethernet. Each packet includes a checksum for reliable transmissions.
Reliability No acknowledgement of transmitted commands. If a command is lost, the controller such as the PC is not aware of the missed command.Powerline noise can accidentally turn devices ON or OFF.Other electrical devices in the home can impact performance and cause commands to fail. All commands are acknowledged by the destination. The source controller will re-try the command until it succeeds. Commands may be re-routed through other modules to avoid range issues.Unaffected by powerline issues or other electrical devices in the home.
Security Totally unsecured. Neighbors could possibly control your devices. Each home is assigned a unique Home ID. Its not possible for anyone other than the home owner to control your devices. Devices are “linked” to your home when they are installed.
Performance 300 baud data rate 9600 baud data rate (32 times faster than X-10)

 

 

Imagine walking into your home and the lights and temperature adjusts to your comfort level; open the curtains, and the music starts playing. Sounds like somewhat of a Sci-Fi movie? However, with home automation , this kind of ease can become a reality.

Home automation is generally defined as technology that enables remote or automatic control of appliances and devices in your home. An automated home comprises of security checks, temperature adjustments, audio and video distribution, lighting control and more. It offers the opportunity for energy conservation and safety. Whether you automate a little or a lot, turning your home into a smart home provides many benefits to individuals and families who enjoy a technologically advanced home.

Convenience: The most obvious advantage of home automation is convenience. Having your home programmed to perform routine functions automatically saves time and effort for the homeowner. You can control multiple components of your home from an easy to use touch panel, remote, custom keypad, iPad, personal computer or Android cellphone. Full control of your home is at all times at your fingertips. Imagine getting into bed every night and all you have to do is push a button to turn off all lights, close the curtains, arm your security system, and lower the thermostat of the air-conditioning unit. This type of comfort makes home automation an attractive option for many homeowners.

Energy Saving: Home automation technology makes it easier than ever to reduce monthly energy bills. By managing energy consumption of devices and appliances in your home, you can reduce the amount of energy it consumes. This technology allows owners to regulate the operation of lights, HVAC systems, entertainment systems, geysers, and many other devices in the home so it is only activated when needed. When leaving the house, do not worry about leaving lights on or forgetting to turn off the air-conditioning unit as this will happen automatically. This type of technology is not only good for your wallet, but also good for the environment and reducing the global warming ?

Safety: Home automation means you never have to return home to a dark house. You can schedule outside lights to turn on when you enter the driveway and interior lights to turn on when you enter the door. While on holiday, you can have your lights randomly turned on and off during the night to appear as if someone is home. In addition, the system can notify you by email or sms if something happens while you’re away. If you forget to arm your alarm system when you leave it can be armed from a cellphone or the internet.

Many homeowners begin by automating one or two devices at home. Once they realise the amount of comfort and convenience home automation offers, they continue to further automate other devices. Both our X10 and Z-Wave range is modular, you can start off with a controller and receiver for around R1000 and add and expand at your convenience.If the creation of a smart home is of interest to you, be sure to work with a reputable company that offers experience and a commitment to quality. A professional technician will guide you to a home automation system that will meet your needs.