Posted by Stephen Teafatiller on May 25, 2017 at 6:29 PM. Filed under Connected Home, Q&A .

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Z-Wave is a leading smart home technology found in millions of products around the world. It allows all of Jasco's Z-Wave devices to securely "talk" to one another, and talk to other certified Z-Wave products. As with any technology, home automation is constantly evolving. Z-Wave Plus represents one of the latest advancements in smart home tech. You can learn more about the latest Z-Wave technology and find answers to the top 5 questions about Z-Wave Plus below.

What is Z-Wave Plus?

Z-Wave Plus is the latest product certification program offered that assures consumers are getting the best performing Z-Wave products available today. Z-Wave Plus has been optimized for easy set-up and installation for a high level of security and compatibility between products.

Will Z-Wave Plus products work with classic Z-Wave products?

Yes, Z-Wave Plus products are fully backward compatible with classic Z-Wave products. This means that even if you have an older classic Z-Wave controller or hub, it will still work to control new Z-Wave Plus products and vice versa. 

What is the difference between Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus?

Z-Wave Plus products require the latest advancements in Z-Wave technology. These advancements provide for longer battery life, faster operation, better RF coverage and easier installation. Classic Z-Wave products may take advantage of some of these newer advancements but are not required to use all of the latest technology. There are currently over 70 million classic Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus products in use every day and these products meet the needs of most applications satisfactorily. The new features of Z-Wave Plus are a great extension to Z-Wave and can help you make the most robust, solid wireless home automation system possible.

What are the features of Z-Wave Plus?

  • 50% improvement in battery life
  • 67% improvement in range
  • 250% more bandwidth
  • New Plug-n-Play Network-wide Inclusion feature
  • Standardized method for Over the Air firmware updates (OTA)
  • Improved self-healing and fault tolerance with Explorer Frame feature
  • Three RF channels for improved noise immunity and higher bandwidth
  • Improved product information capture for product certification database

How do I know I’m getting a Z-Wave Plus product?

Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus certified products are easily identified by either of these marks that appear on the product and product packaging:

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Where can I get GE Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus products online?

Jasco's full ecosystem of GE Z-Wave smart home products are available online at www.ezzwave.com. There you'll find a list of Z-Wave compatible hubs and the most robust line of Z-Wave lighting controls available from switches and dimmers, to receptacles, plug-ins and motion sensors. You can also find select GE Z-Wave devices online at Amazon, The Home Depot and Best Buy.

Get Z-Wave Products

*Sources
http://www.z-wave.com/faq 
http://z-wavealliance.org/z-wave_plus_certification/ 

 

About the Author | Stephen Teafatiller

Stephen joined Jasco in 2008 as a member of the inside sales team. Throughout his tenure, Stephen has held various positions within the company, which has allowed him to diversify his skills and attain a comprehensive understanding of Jasco's products and operations. His current position as a Digital Content Administrator allows him to utilize the knowledge he has gained along the way. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys spending quality time with his family and creating museum quality abstract art.

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