The Emilygrene Corp. Grene Homes division works with homeowners everyday to install smart technology that makes life simpler and more energy efficient. In most cases, these technologies can be confusing, almost like they speak a completely different language. Well, it turns out, they do.
Expert Grene Homes consultants are trained to transform your home by integrating technology with electrical and low voltage upgrades without much explanation about wavelengths and signals. Who wants to hear about that when there is a brand new home theater waiting for a test drive?
But just in case you’re wondering about that “Z-Wave” logo you see stamped on some of your devices, our friends at GearBrain have gone out of the way to put together a fun and useful description of the special wireless network designed specifically for smart homes.
The following is an excerpt from “What Is Z-Wave And How Does It Work To Automate My Smart Home?” written by Alistair Charlton and originally published by GearBrain:
Developed by Danish company Zensys in 2001, Z-Wave is a wireless networking protocol primarily designed for use in home automation. Z-Wave was bought by Sigma Designs in 2009, which then sold the technology to Silicon Labs for $240 million earlier in 2018.
Because the technology is owned by a single company, the Z-Wave standard has remained exactly that — a standard — and as such every Z-Wave device works with every other. This differs slightly from Zigbee, which is broken up into several different protocols and devices from one protocol do not always communicate with those from another.
Devices with the new Zigbee 3.0 standard can talk with all Zigbee products, which will hopefully mean this drawback is less of an issue in the future.
Z-Wave is changing the way smart homes are built, making it easier than ever for our Grene Homes team to offer you the home of your dreams without any compromise – you get what you want. And with Z-Wave products using far less power than either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, you also save energy. Most Z-Wave products only need batteries changed every ten years.
Z-Wave achieves a good deal of its efficiency and automation power from mesh networking. I know, I know – what is mesh networking? Again, we turn to Alistair for some help:
Instead of Wi-Fi, where data is sent directly from the router to your device (like a smartphone or computer), Z-Wave’s mesh network sees data sent from the hub to one device, then to another, so no device finds itself out of range. Every Z-Wave product plugged into a wall outlet (so, excluding those with batteries) acts as a repeater, broadcasting every message sent across the network to every Z-Wave device in your home. Z-Wave travels up to around 300 feet in open air, but in reality the signal only needs to travel the short distance between one device and the next, where it gets repeated and sent on its way.
A single Z-Wave network can have up to 232 devices (or nodes) connected to it. This is far fewer than the 65,000 nodes which can make a single Zigbee network, but for most smart homes 232 should still be enough. These nodes include each smart light bulb in your home, along with each switch, dimmer, motion sensor, smart doorbell, door lock, thermostat, smart plug, flood monitor and alarm.
Z-Wave is built into numerous brands offered in our Grene Homes catalogue, including: GE, Honeywell, Kwikset, Ring, Samsung SmartThings, and Schlage. It is our goal to ensure you feel confident in your investment to improve your home using smart technology. Knowing that Grene Homes works with products using one of the best wireless protocols on the market should give you the ultimate peace of mind.
Schedule your consultation today with a Grene Homes expert today at www.emilygrene.com/appointment.
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