There are new Home Automation products everyday,New brands , new firmwares, new products, new protocols. In 2015, Samsung release a new product, SmartThings, Google’s Nest is taking the place of SmartHome Hub, Homeseer S6 was released as a new flagship,…and so on. As the number of Home Automation products increase so rapidly, you may find it more and more difficult to make a decision. Here is an article to give you some tips for you to choose the best Z-Wave controllers, we make a list of products we consider very good. We made a list of controllers that are suitable to be the core of most home automation systems. And for each product we recommended we provided a short review, in the reviews, we listed pros and cons. Most controllers we chosen were able to work with different protocols of different manufacturers’ devices.
When choosing a Z-Wave Controller, usually you should ask three questions before you make a decision. The questions are:
1. The number of devices the Controller will work with?
2. Are there devices use different protocols in the Home Automation System?
3. Is it possible for me to add new devices to the system if use this Controller, how many can I add?
If all of your devices to make a Home Automation System are Z-Wave devices, all controllers we listed below can be choose, all you need to do is choose one you like the design of appearance, the price, and the app is easy to use.
But if some of your devices are different brands use different protocols, it is a bit complex to choose a Controller, because the controller should work with not only Z-Wave devices, it must be a multi-protocol device.
The best z-Wave controller on the market is the SmartThings Hub, it can work with most home automation products. It’s appearance is very graceful. The shortcoming of SmartThings Hub is the customization ability.
If you want to do more D-I-Y work, or you are a hacker with good knowledge of technology, VeraLite is more suitable for you. The advantage of VeraLite is its ability to add various scenarios for different event.
If you still not satisfied with VeraLite, there is a more powerful z-wave controller, Hometroller S6. this is maybe the best Home Controller up to now. It is manufactured by HomeSeer, one of the Giant in the area of Home Automation. The biggest advantage is it can work with different protocol based devices, in additon, the customization ability is more powerful.
To learn more about the top 5 best z-wave controllers, read the short reviews below of them.
SmartThings Hub is not only a z-wave Controller, SmartThings Hub supports ZigBee, Z-Wave and WiFi protocols. This means it can support nearly all the devices nowadays and in the coming years since nearly most Home automation products use these three protocols. All you need to do is just plug it into the router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable, then you can control it at the web browser of your computer or smartphone. The web interface is designed very humanization, you’ll find it easy to use.
Though VeraLite is not the newest product of Mi Casa Verde, it is lots people’s choice,because it is cheaper than the new one, and it supports 50 devices is enough for most home automation solutions. If you don’t need the support for more nodes and don’t use Z-Wave Plus protocol, it is a very good z-wave controller for less than 10~50 devices.
Vera is a well known Product Range as Z-Wave support. VeraLite make it possible to control all the devices connected to it with a smartphone.
Vera’s energy monitor function can make you control your monthly costs and save money on energy bill. If you have any unusual questions, you can find an answer at the Mi Casa Verde community, there are many huge funs of Vera.
VeraEdge Z-Wave Controller is the successor of VeraLite. It is based on Z-Wave Plus protocol, a updated version of Z-Wave. VeraEdge has some improment compared to VeraLite, new features like longer battery life, better RF coverage and so on. It can support at Maximum 220 devices while VeraLite can only support 50 devices, this is a huge update. It provide one easy, intuitive app spans all platforms (Mac/Window/iOS/Android) so that you can easily keep everything in control at all times, wherever you go. VeraEdge upgrades the hardware specs but didn’t raise the price.VeraEdge is the best way to centrally control your smart home or automate your small business.
HomeTroller S6 is one of the best Z-Wave controllers, it is HomeSeer “Flagship” controller, its price is a bit high, but the quality and its performance worth the price. Besides Z-Wave, HomeTroller S6 is compatible with Insteon, X10 and much more protocols and can work with most popular home automation products, including light switches, thermostats, door locks, garage door openers, surveillance cameras, and so on.
If you have too many different devices, and you want to combine them to a home automation system, The S6 is a good choice.With the apps on smartphone, you can control all the devices at your home with a Android or iOS device.
HomeSeer provide a remote cloud service for free remote access with no monthly fees, so owners can access the HomeTroller S6 at any place with smartphone or tablet. HomeTroller also supports control by voice,just like the Amazon echo do.
In the above content we list the most popular Z-Wave Controllers, these Controller are most home automation users’ choice. But there are still some other excellent devices we didn’t mention, if what we suggest don’t make you satify, you can see the rest devices we mentioned below. To see more devices of Z-Wave Controllers, you can click the link below.
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Zipabox has a quit outstanding apperence, with a big “Z” on its surface. The manufacturer is Zipato, which is a newbee in the home automation area, but this Z-wave Controller may change all the things, as the Zipabox became more and more popular, lots of people will know this company. Zipabox provides a Cloud service for users to store their theme schedules and configures. This means that to work properly Zipabox should connect to the Internet all the time. The server of Zipato is quite stable after change to Amazon Cloud Servers. With the cloud service you can conrol the Zipabox from anywhere only if you can connect to the internet use a smartphone or tablet. And Zipato also provides apps for iOS and Android users. It also provides extension modules to support other protocols other than Z-wave.
Amazon Echo , or you can call it Alexa, is a voice-controlled Wi-Fi speaker which can recognize what you say just like Siri on iOS, the difference is that Amazon Echo stays only at your home. Most of the home automation Controllers areusually controlled by touching the screen, but maybe voice is a better interface than screen.
You can just talk to it like, “Alexa, turn off the lights” . The lights in your house will dim . “Alexa,tell me a joke” ,then it speak a joke for you. Plus , you can command him to control other devices like curtain, Thermostat. By using a cloud-based voice service called Alexa, it can also provide play music, news, weather, and audiobooks. This is what Amazon Echo do , and how he do it.
The Amazon Echo is well-desighed, and its voice recognition technology is really great, the cloud-based voice interactive interface can responds to your commands very accurately. But is it indispensable? It seems that Amazon Echo can be taken place by other devics like Siri or Google or other Controllers. It can cooperate very well with the z-wave controller.