OPEN & DIY APPROACH
These are the most popular one-time investment hubs which supports hundreds of Z-Wave (and often Zigbee + WiFi) products. Vera Control has been our all-time favorite— we test all of our products with their system first.
If you have any of the above controllers, you probably know that you generally don’t have to worry about compatibility. Most Zooz products will be recognized by the hub’s home automation software out of the box. However, we still recommend checking gateway support for each product.
- NO monthly fees!
- Endless possibilities in building your own DIY home automation system.
- Integrating new innovative products soon after their release.
- Set-up requires patience and time due to advanced system features.
- Manufacturer tech support can be slow to respond.
This solution is for you if you’re not afraid of a bit of coding and programming. It’s a great way for developers and tech buffs to explore home automation. With an impressive range of software, both open source and licensed, building your own controller gives you all the freedom you could ever ask for. You will also be able to integrate any Zooz device with your Z-Wave software using programming tips we provide
- Full access to the inside-and-outside of your smart home system.
- Creating an advanced automated network for a fraction of the cost of ready-made solutions.
- Fast-growing communities providing quick troubleshooting tips for each software.
- Even if you have a tech background, Z-Wave protocol is a whole new language you’ll have to master.
- Many devices will require manual code adjustments and will not work out of the box.
QUICK & SIMPLE APPROACH
- Logitech Harmony
- Staples Connect
This is a mix of well-advertised home automation solutions. They often promise to meet all of your smart home needs but in fact support only a handful of Z-Wave products on the market. If all you ask for is good-looking interface, a smart door lock, and a few Z-Wave light switches, then check out these hubs. Zooz lighting controls and simple on / off devices will work just fine with any of the above.
- Clean and intuitive app design
- Easy set-up for supported products
- Having a controller which does not support most of the newer and more advanced products.
- Limited or no community support.
- Restricted access to advanced devices and automation settings.
- ADT Pulse
Whether you choose a traditional alarm panel like ADT Pulse or a subscription-based home automation hub like Nexia, the cost of your system will be much higher than any of the previously mentioned solutions. So why are you paying more?
While offering the same or less advanced home automation software and hardware, these companies will provide a higher level of customer service and will not let you worry about a thing. That is, as long as you purchase all components from them directly. It’s also easier to come across these systems (while shopping at Lowes or flipping through a magazine) because their marketing budgets are inflated compared to smaller (but open!) competitors.
- Not having to lift a finger during installation other than paying the bill.
- Quick customer service and hotline support.
- Monthly subscription fee.
- Limited integration for even the most popular Z-Wave accessories.
- Restricted or no support for products outside of the system’s distribution network.
- Slow integration of new technologies such as Z-Wave Plus.