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A breeze to install and to operate, it can be used to automate kitchen appliances, A/V equipment, free standing lamps, portable fans, indoor fountains, aquarium lights and much, much more. The device also features in-built power metering capabilities, allowing you to monitor and record your energy consumption so you can automatically shut off appliances when they're not in use, or, when power levels reach a certain threshold. It will even act as a Z-Wave repeater; allowing you to extend your Z-Wave network and improve performance.
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Whilst it’s true that remote control (or "home control" as it’s known in this context) is an important part of any home automation solution, on its own, it is not home automation. The real advantage of a smart home is realised when all your devices can operate as a unified system, without any need for human interaction. This is home automation!
Now, we will admit, the first time we experienced switching our lights on and off from a smart phone was a truly memorable event. The benefits were instantly recognised but we soon found ourselves wanting more than just a high-tech remote. Of course, it’s nice to know we can monitor and control things from a smart phone when necessary (and more recently, through voice recognition thanks to Amazon Alexa and Google Home) but this is only part of the story.
Home automation is not about pushing buttons. It’s about employing technology to take care of the day-to-day operation of your home automatically. When implemented properly, it will go about its business unnoticed, quietly reacting to your needs while improving you and your family’s comfort and safety.
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When we embarked on this comparison some time ago, Z-Wave clearly came out on top, offering the greatest real-world benefits. Based on this initial assessment and combined with our now extensive experience in the technology, we thought we'd present our top 5 reasons why we think Z-Wave is the best wireless home automation solution available right now and for the future.
1. PRODUCT AVAILABILITY
Perhaps the most compelling reason for choosing Z-Wave has to be the sheer variety of products available. Quite simply, there are more Z-Wave enabled products in use around the world, from more manufacturers, than any other competing technology. Better still, new products are emerging all the time. If you're looking for an easily expandable solution for an entire residence, it doesn't get any more comprehensive than Z-Wave.
2. DESIGNED FOR THE HOME
Z-Wave was specifically designed for the residential home automation market. This is an important distinction because unlike most other wireless solutions, Z-Wave has been purpose built from the ground-up to deal with the needs of the average home owner. Z-Wave enabled products are designed to be compatible with commonly used appliances and fixtures found in and around every home, which makes integration simple, seamless and affordable.
Z-Wave licensing imposes strict rules on product manufacturers to ensure they adhere to the Z-Wave standard. This means when a product is Z-Wave certified, you are guaranteed it will be compatible with all other Z-Wave devices both new and old, protecting your investment for years to come.
Z-Wave operates in the sub-1GHz band which makes it impervious to interference from most wireless technologies. This, in turn, provides improved range possibilities and also uses significantly less power. Messages routed between Z-Wave devices are repeated and acknowledged to ensure utmost reliability which is essential for home automation applications.
Z-Wave is new, right? Well, sort of. In actual fact, it was first developed over 10 years ago which is a heck of a long time when it comes to technology. The point here is, Z-Wave has been through many revisions and enhancements in that time to get it to where it is today; a stable, secure and resilient home automation technology.
Well, there you have it. This is by no means a complete roundup of Z-Wave's features or capabilities but we think it represents the most significant aspects of the technology that most people starting out will be keen to understand. If you need any help in taking those first steps into Z-Wave home automation, feel free to contact us.
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