Best Z Wave Controllers

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Smart hubs can communicate with other smart devices through Z-wave protocols so as to set up your home automation. We’ve compiled a list of the best Z-Wave controllers that can help you set up your smart home easily so let’s have a look at what’s available in the market today:

Bestseller No. 1
Samsung SmartThings Hub 3rd Generation [GP-U999SJVLGDA] Smart Home Automation Hub Home Monitoring Smart Devices - Alexa Google Home Compatible - Zigbee, Z-Wave, Cloud to Cloud Protocols – White
  • Connectivity: Wirelessly connect and control a wide range of compatible smart devices from 40+ partner brands, including voice assistants, lights & switches, speakers, cameras, sensors and more
  • Home Automation: Teach the hub your Good Morning, Goodbye, Goodnight, and other routines to automatically turn devices on or off throughout the day
  • 24/7 Monitoring: Receive app alerts from connected devices when there's unexpected activity in your home
  • Voice Controls: Use voice commands to control connected devices using SmartThings and the Google Assistant
  • Improved DIY Solution: Improved guided onboarding for easier setup. Hub connects with Wi-Fi so does not need to be connected to an Ethernet cable
  • Compatible with previous versions of SmartThings Sensors and Outlets
  • Requires Android (6.0 or later) or iOS (11.0 or later)
  • Product not supported outside U.S
  • Compatibility: Works with Google, Alexa, SmartThings, and ZigBee communication protocols
Bestseller No. 2
Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub
  • Your smart home needs a brain, so get started with a SmartThings Hub. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together.
  • Add smart devices and put your home to work. Choose from a wide range of compatible devices, including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more.
  • Use the SmartThings app or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home. Teach your house new tricks by telling it what to do when you're asleep, awake, away, and back home.
  • Requires an Internet-connected router with an available Ethernet port Requires the free SmartThings app for iOS (8.1 or later), Android (4.0 or later), or Windows Phone (8.1 or later)
  • Please reference User Guide and Specification Sheet below under 'Technical Specifications' for instructions on how to add devices and troubleshoot connectivity issues
Bestseller No. 3
Wink Connected Home Hub
  • Wink Hub allows your diverse collection of smart home products to speak the same wireless language so you can easily control them from the Wink app. Easy Setup with the Wink app or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home with no required monthly fees, ever. Teach your house new tricks by telling it what to do when you're asleep, awake, away, and back home.
  • Platform Compatibility: Control products from iOS, Apple Watch, Android, and Android Wear. Works with Amazon Alexa.
  • Supported Device Types: ZWAVE: Door Lock, Door/Window Sensor, Motion Sensor, Tilt Sensor, Light Switch, Light Dimmer, Appliance Module, ZIGBEE: Light Bulb, Light Switch, Outlet, Door/Window.
  • The Wink Shortcuts channel on IFTTT enables you to activate Wink Shortcuts through IFTTT triggers.
  • Beautifully designed mobile app that keeps you connected to your home no matter where you are. Supports WiFi, Bluetooth LE, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron ClearConnect, Kidde. Can share devices while maintaining control of your own Wink account. Has ability to have multiple Wink Hubs connected to your Wink account. Kindly refer to the user manual and instruction video for reference.
  • All of your favorite smart products seamlessly connected in one simple app The Wink Hub will not automatically reconnect, since you've changed the credentials that the Hub currently knows. In order to update those credentials, power cycle your Wink Hub by unplugging it and plugging back in. Wait for it start flashing purple (may take several minutes). Then, go to the Wink app Wi-Fi Settings menu under Wink Hub Settings. Enter the new Wi-Fi credentials, tap "Update," and your Wink Hub should connect to your newly updated network!
  • Wink Hub allows your diverse collection of smart products to speak the same wireless language so you can easily control them from the Wink app Android phones (specifically Samsung Galaxies) have a default setting which causes the phone to jump between Wi-Fi or mobile data, depending on which connection is strongest. Disabling mobile data allows the phone to successfully pair the Hub.
  • Easy setup: download the Wink app, connect your hub in minutes, add your favorite smart products
  • No required monthly fees, ever
  • Beautifully designed mobile app that keeps you connected to your home - no matter where you are
Bestseller No. 4
Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5, Z-Wave Plus USB to create gateway
  • Works with Windows / Mac / Linux (including Raspberry Pi) to create a Z-Wave gateway for control of Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus devices.
  • Tiny but powerful; 1.1 x 0.4 x 3.5 inches in size and capable of controlling up to 232 different Z-Wave devices. package: 1x Z-Stick Gen5, 1x Manual, the others are not included.
  • Can be used to upgrade the firmware of compatible Z-Wave Plus devices that can accept OTA / wirelss firmware upgrades.
  • Compatible with Z-Wave enabled, home automation software including Home Assistant, Home Seer, Indigo 7, OpenHab, and OpenHab2. No software included.
  • Z-Wave Plus certified. Certification number: ZC10-15060006
Bestseller No. 5
Wink Hub 2
  • Wink allows your diverse collection of smart products to speak the same wireless language so you can easily control them from the free Wink app
  • Auto-discovery and a revamped setup process make getting your smart home up and running easier than ever
  • A more powerful Wi-Fi radio and Ethernet port connect your products smoothly, while a stronger processor and more memory make your smart home faster
  • For owners of the original Wink Hub upgrading to Wink Hub 2, you can easily transfer your ecosystem of connected products using the Wink app in under a minute
  • Sleek, modern industrial design of Hub 2 makes it worthy of standing alone on your coffee table or bookshelf.Control products from iOS, Apple Watch, Android, and Android Wear. Works with Amazon Alexa. Program recipes with IFTTT.
Bestseller No. 6
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately).
  • Touch Screen keypad and lock cylinder on exterior and thumb turn interior
  • Stores up to 30 personalized user codes at a time
  • Built-in alarm with 3 alert settings
  • Z-wave technology connects to your home automation system and lets you lock or unlock your door remotely via the web or smartphone
  • Battery operated and fit standard door prep
  • ANSI Grade 1 Highest Residential Security
  • Durable Resistive Touchscreen with matte finish to protect against fingerprints and smudges
Bestseller No. 7
Vera Control VeraPlus-US Smart Home Controller Hub, Black
  • Home security and control hub that's simple to use; compatible with Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth BLE; provides peace of mind that your home & loved ones are safe
  • The "brain" of your wireless smart home/security system works with most brands & models including Nest, Schlage, Yale, kwikset, first alert & more
  • Lock your door, turn off lights, change thermostat automatically with easy one-touch settings; view cameras on your phone from anywhere. Control over 200 sensors, locks, lights, etc. In one home
  • Use phone or tablet or laptop to setup and operate. Easy wizards for adding new devices. More protocols, memory and processor power than VeraEdge
  • Robust Tech support; strong community of users globally; no monthly fees or contracts required to setup your smart home with this system
Bestseller No. 8
Samsung SmartThings Wifi Mesh Router Range Extender SmartThings Hub Functionality Whole-Home WiFi Coverage - Zigbee, Z-Wave, Cloud to Cloud Protocols - White (Single)
  • All-in-One Solution: The only mesh router and smart-home hub in-one, allowing you to connect and control 100+ compatible smart cameras, lights, speakers, doorbells, and more with the SmartThings app
  • Extendable Coverage: Enjoy seamless Wi-Fi coverage for up to 1,500 sq. feet with a single Wi-Fi router, and up to 4,500 sq. feet with a pack of 3. Add up to 32 routers if additional coverage is needed
  • Adaptive Home Wi-Fi: Powered by Plume, SmartThings Wi-Fi learns your environment and optimizes performance for a powerful, reliable home Wi-Fi experience
  • Seamless Channel Hopping: Adaptive routing technology automatically chooses the clearest channel & fastest path to avoid congestions
  • One App Controls it All: See what's connected, prioritize devices, create network access for guests, set up parental controls, set schedules, and more all from your smartphone
  • Easy Setup: Download the SmartThings app, and follow the instructions to get your new home network running in minutes
  • Compatible with previous versions of SmartThings Sensors and Outlets
Bestseller No. 9
New Model : GE Z-Wave Plus Wireless Smart Lighting Control Smart Dimmer Switch, In-Wall, Includes White & Light Almond Paddles, Works with Amazon Alexa, 14294
  • Wirelessly schedule, control and adjust the brightness of any dimmable wall or ceiling light - control from anywhere, at any time with any mobile device.
  • For use with dimmable LED, CFL, incandescent and halogen bulbs - Full-Range Dimmability: cuts energy costs and extends bulb life.
  • Up to 50% improved wireless range and energy efficiency over Z-Wave classic product - 250% faster processor and 400% more memory than Z-Wave classic products.
  • Requires in-wall installation with hard-wired connections - neutral wire required. Includes white and light almond paddles that will match most standard wall plates (wall plate not included).
  • Requires a Z-Wave certified gateway - Compatible with the following Z-Wave certified Hubs: SmartThings, Pulse, Trane, Wink, Nexia, Honeywell, HomeSeer, Smart Security, Harmony Home Hub Extender, Vera, Connect and Iris. Works with Alexa for voice control (hub Required, Alexa device and hub sold separately).
Bestseller No. 10
GE Z-Wave Plus Wireless Smart Lighting Control Smart Switch, On/Off, In-Wall, Includes White & Light Almond Paddles, Works with Amazon Alexa (Hub Required), 14291
  • ALEXA COMPATIBLE - REQUIRES AN ALEXA SUPPORTED HUB for voice control with Echo Products (Alexa device and hub sold separately). CANNOT connect directly with ECHO PLUS (Only ZigBee products can connect directly to Echo Plus).
  • Requires a Z-Wave certified gateway - Compatible with the following Z-Wave certified Hubs: SmartThings, Pulse, Trane, Wink, Nexia, Honeywell, HomeSeer, Smart Security, Harmony, Vera, Connect and Iris. Works with Alexa for voice control (hub Required, Alexa device and hub sold separately).
  • Wirelessly control on/off functions of overhead lighting with your mobile device or computer using any Z-Wave certified gateway.
  • Works well with all LED, CFL, halogen, and incandescent bulbs and other devices. It must be connected to a supported hub in order to interact with the Amazon Alexa.
  • Requires in-wall installation with hard-wired connections - neutral wire required. Includes white and light almond paddles that will match most standard wall plates (wall plate not included).

What to consider when setting up your smart home?

Smart controllers connect to smart devices like doorknobs, sensors, light bulbs, and outlets so as to control them from a central controller. For example, a light sensor can let the controller know that it is dark in the room so it can turn on your smart lights. With just the controller you’ll be able to monitor and manage all the devices that are connected to them, acting as the brain of your smart home.

Make sure that the smart controller you pick is compatible with the other devices you want to connect with. The smart devices should be able to use the Z-wave protocol in order to use their features.

Each controller has its own user interface where you can log in in order to configure the automation scenes. Some are able to connect to using mobile applications and control them using a tablet or smartphone. Picking a controller with an interface that you can become familiar is vital in order to set up all the necessary functions.

The scene editors will help you setup easily with If/Then command but also use Or/And conditions for more flexibility. Advances scenes can also be build using Javascript, VB script, Python or other scripting languages, so it’s useful to cheap which devices support which languages.

It is wise to invest a little more in order to get a controller that will allow endless customization but also can communicate with other protocols apart from Z-Wave so as to be future-proofed in case of further expanding your setup.

 

Michail
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