The controller is an essential part of any Z-Wave network. The simplest types include hand held remote controls and key fobs but for true home automation, a Z-Wave home controller is required. Also known as a smart home hub or gateway, a home controller can be a dedicated device, like Vera and Fibaro Home Center, or you can employ your own computer-based solution by using a separate plug-in Z-Wave interface. A home controller forms the centre of your Z-Wave home automation system by unifying your devices and allowing you to operate your home intelligently through customisable rules and events. Learn more.