Birth of Z-Wave alliance
Z-Wave smart home products truly give you more choice. With more trusted brands to choose from and more choice of product types, colors and styles, Z-Wave is the smartest choice for smart homes.
Z-Wave is a powerful and popular home automation control system, but using it in your smart home requires a certified Z-wave hub (officially called a Controller) to form the heart of your Z-Wave network and allow for connection to your normal home network so your smart phone or computer can talk to it.
Finding the best Z-Wave hub depends on a few factors: You’ll want to consider ease of use and how hands on you want to be, how much flexibility you want going forward, and whether you want to include other smart home protocols in the one solution. We’ll take a look at several options that cover each of these bases.
The Z-Wave protocol is an interoperable, wireless, RF-based communications technology designed specifically for control, monitoring and status reading applications in residential and light commercial environments. Mature, proven and broadly deployed (with over 100 million products sold worldwide), Z-Wave is by far the world market leader in wireless control, bringing affordable, reliable and easy-to-use ‘smart’ products to many millions of people in every aspect of daily life.
Z-Wave is a wireless communications technology for OEMs and developers that is ideal for short range, two-way mesh topology automation networks. The technology is licensed by Silicon Laboratories, Austin TX, and is comprised of a mesh communications protocol stack, a set of device profiles, a wide selection of transceiver chips and modules and a finished product certification program.
To begin developing Z-Wave products, the first step is the purchase of a developer’s kit. This purchase includes signing a license agreement with Silicon Laboratories for the use of the Z-Wave technology.