Z Wave is a form of wireless communication that uses a low frequency in comparison to other wireless technologies such as WiFi. Many people confuse Z Wave and WIFI – and naturally so.
Let me explain the difference between the two!
WiFi as most know it as, typical deals in one, two or both frequencies. Those are 2.4GHZ and 5 GHZ. These frequencies are also shared by many other appliances in the home such as Microwaves. WiFi has a high frequency to allow for fast data transfer, as the frequency is high, the waves are very close together in the spectrum. This means it’s not overly good at penetrating materials such as concrete.
Z Wave on the other hand is another type of wireless data transmission that uses much lower frequencies and much lower data transfer rates. Because of its licensed, low frequency , it’s excellent at penetrating concrete, glass and timber which makes it ideal within the home. Because it’s a spectrum that is licensed no one other devices but Z Wave devices use it which ensures that interference is non existent from other devices. Home Automation platforms only need small amounts of data transfer so the need for a ultra fast data transfer is not required.
Z Wave has been designed specifically for home automation purposes which make it the ideal choice for your next home automation project.
One of the fantastic benefits of Z Wave is its back wards compatibility with other Z Wave products and it’s superior interoperability. Z Wave products cannot be released onto the market without the Z Wave Alliances certification. This provides reliability and peace of mind for consumers knowing all Z Wave products play nice together. This reason alone is why Netsecure Automation only support Z Wave installations.
Z Wave Ecosystem
Z Wave now has over 3000 products from more than 700 brands worldwide.