How do I get started with Z-Wave?

There are a number of ways you can get started:

  1. Do It Yourself:

    If you want to buy a Z-Wave-based smart home solution, you can start by choosing a Z-Wave hub as part of your first purchase. The hub becomes the brain of your smart home, connecting you and your devices via an app on your phone, tablet or computer. Once you select your hub, you can start selecting more Z-Wave devices to complete your system such as: door locks, lighting, thermostats, sensors and much more.

  2. Do It For Me:

    Telecommunications Service Providers: Companies like AT&T and Verizon provide phone-internet-cable as well as Z-Wave-based home security and smart home solutions. Contact your local provider for more information.

    Security Company: 9 out of 10 leading security companies in the U.S. use Z-Wave in their home security systems. Contact your local home security provider to find out if you can add Z-Wave smart home control to your home security system.

    Local Installer: A local installer or integrator is a great way to get some customized recommendations for Z-Wave products and to get them professionally installed and set up to work the way you want.

How do I know if a product is Z-Wave Certified?
Look for the Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus logos on products brought to you by leading brands. These logos guarantee that the product has passed a robust Z-Wave standard certification process. Z-Wave guarantee logos
What is the difference between Z-Wave™ and Z-Wave Plus™?
Z-Wave Plus is the latest technology certification standard offered and gives you a high level of security and compatibility between products. All Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus certified products are fully interoperable. Z-Wave Plus has been optimized for easy set-up and installation.
What is the difference between a “hub”, “gateway” and “controller”?
All of the terms above refer to the piece of hardware that becomes the heart of your smart home. This product type can come in many forms, but it will always have Z-Wave built inside. These devices can be in the form of: alarm panels, thermostats, stand alone devices and more.
How much will it cost to get started?
With a range of affordable options, Z-Wave can help you create a smart home a budget. The cost really depends on how many products you choose to start with. For example, a basic starter kit with a hub and a few devices can cost a few hundred dollars. Many people start off small with a limited number of products and then add on as they become familiar with their smart home and want more functionality.
How does Z-Wave work?
Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices talk to one another. Household products, like lights, door locks and thermostats are made “smart” when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design, giving them the capability to communicate and perform the desired function. Z-Wave operates wirelessly and securely and devices can be easily accessed and controlled on your phone, tablet or pc.
What products are available?
Z-Wave has the largest selection of products available across widely recognized brands, allowing you to create your ideal smart home. The most popular Z-Wave products are indoor/outdoor lights, thermostats, door locks, and security devices like motion detectors.
How is Z-Wave powered?
Z-Wave is a very efficient, low-energy technology. Many Z-Wave devices work on battery power alone, often for a year or more before needing new batteries. Others plug into the wall, and there are even Z-Wave controllable AC outlets, which let you make your entire home's electrical system 'smart' and energy-efficient by controlling and optionally monitoring energy usage.
Will Z-Wave interfere with my Wi-Fi?
Z-Wave will not interfere with your Wi-Fi network. Z-Wave works on a different frequency, so there will be no interfering with Wi-Fi or other common household device signals.
Will Z-Wave work in a large house?
Yes, because Z-Wave runs on type of network called a "mesh network.” One Z-Wave product will pass the signal along to another (“hop”) until the final destination is reached. Every device in your home acts as a messenger; the more devices you have, the more powerful and strong your network is.
Does Z-Wave work with Nest?
Today Nest does not talk directly to Z-Wave devices. However, many of the manufacturers of smart home hubs incorporate multiple technologies to offer integration of many different technologies. Certain products allow integration with NEST products via the gateway. This is also possible via cloud connections with gateways. The support for this integration depends on gateways’ capabilities.
What is Z-Wave's range?
Without any obstacles such as walls and furniture, the range between two Z-Wave products is about 120 feet or 40 meters. When obstacles in your home reduce that range, Z-Wave’s mesh networking allows a Z-Wave signal to “hop” through other Z-Wave products to reach the destination device to be controlled. However, Z-Wave is a mesh network that allows the signal to be relayed via other Z-Wave devices. Z-Wave supports up to 4 hops so the total home coverage will grow depending on the amount of Z-Wave products in the network . The maximum range with 4 hops is roughly 600 feet or 200 meters.
How does Z-Wave work with Amazon Echo?
The Amazon Echo was developed as a system that can bring Amazon products and services along with other vendor’s services together under a voice recognition platform that is fun and easy to use. There are companies providing new services for the Amazon Echo every day, and several of these are leading Z-Wave hub manufacturers that have integrated the Echo in with their products. So while Amazon did not design the Echo to work directly with Z-Wave, you can find several Z-Wave manufacturers who are already working within the Amazon Echo platform.
Does Z-Wave work with an Apple Watch?
Yes, if your Z-Wave enabled smart home app has an iOS version that allows you connect to your Apple Watch.
Does Z-Wave work with Apple HomeKit?
Apple’s HomeKit is a new entrant to the smart home market which is still in the early stages of development. The future for HomeKit and Z-Wave looks very promising, and Z-Wave has been working with Apple to build an integration of the two systems.
What other systems does Z-Wave work with?
With over 325 manufacturers, including some of the biggest names in consumer electronics and smart home, it is easier to say what Z-Wave does not work with. Here are some of the most well known systems: ADT Pulse, AT&T Digital Life, Lowe’s Iris, Vivint, Alarm.com, Staples Connect. SmartThings, Nexia Home Intelligence and more.
Is Z-Wave secure?

Yes, a Z-Wave network has a unique ID that it assigns to every device in the network, and that ID is different for every hub so your neighbor’s hub can’t control your devices.

When an extra level of security is needed, such as for door locks and other high security devices, Z-Wave has another level of security which uses AES128 encryption at the same level that major banks use to protect financial information. Z-Wave AES encryption is supported by most Z-Wave hubs today and is required on all hubs with the Z-Wave Plus mark on them.
What is the difference between Z-Wave and other home technologies?
You shouldn’t just take our word for it that Z-Wave is the best smart home technology choices out there. Choosing the right solution depends on your personal situation--do you have existing tech in the home to consider, are you starting from scratch, etc. But no other smart home technology gives you interoperability between hundreds of brands and diversity of product choice. Home control technology comparison from Digital Trends.
How many Z-Wave devices can I control?
Z-Wave is a highly 'scalable' technology - meaning it can control anywhere from one device all the way up to 232 devices with just one network. Z-Wave hubs are sometimes capable of supporting multiple networks, which allows you to control as many Z-Wave products as you need. With Z-Wave you can build your smart home one device at a time — adding more products when it suits you.
How can I become a Z-Wave distributor?
Z-Wave products are sold by hundreds of manufacturers around the world, and each manufacturer sets up their product distribution. The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of Z-Wave manufacturers and the best way to become involved is to join the Z-Wave Alliance and start making connections with manufacturers today.
How can I develop Z-Wave products?
To become a Z-Wave developer please visit http://z-wave.sigmadesigns.com. Sigma Designs provides Development Kits to companies and individuals interested in building Z-Wave products.
Where does Z-Wave work?
  • Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria
  • Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia
  • Finland, France, French Guiana
  • Germany, Greece, Guatemala
  • Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary
  • Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy
  • Jamaica, Japan, Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
  • Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro
  • Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation
  • San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St. Kitts & Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname
  • Taiwan (China), Trinidad & Tabago, Turkey, Turks & Caicos
  • Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Yemen