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Z-Stick Gen5+

Aeotec Z Stick 5: Your gateway to build your own Z-Wave gateway.

Discover the affordable side of the next-gen Aeotec Z Stick 5. Connect and automate electronics effortlessly, step by step, room by room. It’s your pace, your time, your budget – with the added power of zwave technology.

Aeotec smart home z stick 5 + model details

New Model: Z-Stick Gen5+

Usually the most expensive part of any smart home is its gateway – that’s the software-powered hub that binds all your connected devices together in order to control and automate them. With Aeotec z stick 5 + your gateway no longer needs to be expensive. Nor does it need to be a security or privacy risk. Z-Stick Gen5+ lets you build your own, locally hosted gateway. A gateway that is cloud free and that offers the features and security that are just right for you and your individual vision.

Z-Stick Gen5+ has long been the Z-Wave community’s USB tool for building a gateway hub. It’s a best-seller because of its compatibility, its quality, and its functionalities. This new, plus-model brings a whole new array of compatibility and functionality to a USB stick already powering over 100,000 smart homes.

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Raspberry Pi 4

New Pi from Raspberry, new Z-Stick from Aeotec. As it was built upon an older Z-Wave stack, the non-plus model of Z-Stick Gen5+ isn’t compatible with Raspberry 4. But Z-Stick Gen5+ is. That opens up your home automation software to Raspberry’s new architecture, including 8GB of RAM and an ARM v8 1.5GHz CPU.

S2 security

New systems, new challenges. The increase in popularity of automation systems means that they now face greater security challenges as more people try to exploit weaknesses in archaic technology. Z-Stick Gen5+ future-proofs against such weaknesses by offering Z-Wave S2 security natively, UL 1023 compliance, and ECDH key exchange natively.


Simpler device setup has finally come to Z-Wave with SmartStart. This new QR code based method allows you to pair a Z-Wave device with your automation system simply by scanning its QR code. Even when not fully installed, you’ll be able to connect devices through Z-Stick Gen5+ to your Z-Wave software, provided that software offers QR-based pairing.

Z-Wave Plus

So that it can offer both Security 2 and SmartStart, Z-Stick Gen5+ has been engineered upon both the latest versions of Z-Wave Plus and Z-Wave Gen5. That makes it compatible with dozes of Z-Wave products from Aeotec and thousands of Z-Wave devices from 3rd party manufacturers.

Setting up a Z-Stick Gen5+ takes only 3 keys steps.




Depend on Z-Wave

The Z-Wave ecosystem is huge. There are over 3,000 different certified products available from a range of makers, including a huge range of control and automation products made by Aeotec. And Z-Stick Gen5+ doesn’t just offer Z-Wave, it offers the best version of it. 

Z-Stick Gen5+ is powered by Z-Wave Plus and Aeotec’s exclusive Gen5 stack, meaning it offers much more than just SmartStart and S2 Security.

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67% greater wireless range

Wirelessly optimized to be superior to the older Z-Stick, Z-Stick Gen5+ can now communicate over a distance of up to 150 metres / 492 feet in open spaces.

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250% more bandwidth

New automations require greater wireless bandwidth. This Gen5+ model of Z-Stick has a 250% greater communication throughput.

Firmware Updates

Powers firmware updates

There for you when your devices need updating, Z-Stick Gen5+ contains all the hardware needed to power over-the-air, Z-Wave firmware updates

AES-128 bit encrypted

Built with both Z-Wave S0 and S2 security stacks, Z-Stick Gen5+’s communication is protected by AES-128 bit encryption and ECDH key exchange

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100 mAh lithium battery

For ease-of-installation and always-online-operation, Z-Stick Gen5+ stays online thanks to its inbuilt 100 mAh rechargeable lithium battery.

Local hosting

Local hosting

If it isn’t locally hosted, your automation system’s security and privacy could be at risk. Take control of both by hosting your automation software locally on hardware that you control.

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aeotec Z-Stick Gen-5 capabilities

15 days battery life

With its backup battery making it portable, Z-Stick Gen5+ can be physically moved around premises and connected to each device at the point of installation.

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Cloud free

Cloud goes down? Not so smart when things don’t work. While most Z-Wave gateways depend on the cloud, Z-Stick Gen5+ lets you build your own to avoid downtime or broken smart home.

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Z-Stick Gen5+ Zi-Stick 7 Zi-Stick
Product weight 19 grams 3.5 grams 3.5 grams
Package dimensions 88 x 28.5 x 10 mm 37 x 17 x 8.5 mm 37 x 17 x 8.5 mm
Storage temperature -20 C to 70 C
-4°F to 158°F
-20 C to 70 C
-4°F to 158°F
-20 C to 70 C
-4°F to 158°F
Operating distance 0°C to 40°C
40°F to 104°F
0°C to 40°C
40°F to 104°F
0°C to 40°C
40°F to 104°F
Power supply USB DC 4.75V to 5.25V
USB DC 4.75V to 5.25V USB DC 4.75V to 5.25V
Zigbee protocol -
Z-wave protocol - -
Matter protocol - - Upgradable
Thread protocol - - Upgradable
OS Compatibility MacOS (OSX)
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