Z-Wave 500 series.

The Z-Wave chip continues to be developed at an exciting pace, generation after generation improving upon the core technology, generation after generation improving upon just how perfect the Z-Wave chip is for home automation.

Z-Wave takes another leap forward with release of Z-Wave 500 series, a next-generation upgrade to the Z-Wave chip and Z-Wave module.

The 500 series of Z-Wave has been developed as an upgrade to both the 300 series and 400 series chips. End users and consumers won’t directly see the differences between the 3 different Z-Wave chips, but they’ll certainly see the benefits inherent in the 500 series.

Aeotec has been developing Z-Wave products that use the 500 series chip since the chip’s release in 2013. These products, built upon Z-Wave Plus, are available as a part our advanced Aeotec Gen5 range.

Z-Wave 500 series vs. 700 series.

June 2019 update: since we published this article explaining the benefits of 500 series Z-Wave a newer standard has been released. 700 series Z-Wave is now available from Aeotec. Follow that link to find out what products are available and how this new technology compares to (now) older Z-Wave.

Z-Wave 500 series vs. 300 series & 400 series.

The 500 series Z-Wave chip and module has a number of advantages over its predecessors. These include:

  1. greater communication: the 500 series chip has a 67% bigger wireless communication range
  2. faster communication: the 500 series chip has a 250% quicker data rate
  3. greater memory: the 500 series chip has 400% more on-chip memory, meaning that Aeotec can now do more with the Z-Wave chip than ever before
  4. lower power consumption: the 500 series chip offers a 50% reduction in the Z-Wave chip’s power consumption. That means a lower costs of using Z-Wave. It also means a greater battery life for Aeotec by Aeotec’ battery-powered, Z-Wave products

Those are the core advantages of the 500 series Z-Wave chip over the 300 series and 400 series. But they’re not the only advantages.

Z-Wave feature 300 series 500 series
Over-The-Air (OTA) firmware updates Optional, 5.0x SDK Always in Gen5
Security: AES-128 encryption Always in Gen5
Security: Application level sample code Yes Yes
Security: man-in-middle and brute force hacking avoidance Always in S2
Security: Elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) anonymous key exchange Always in S2
Explorer Frames Yes Yes
Network Wide Inclusion Yes Yes
Remove reduced SUC functionality
(Full replication only)
Yes Yes
Random number generation Yes Yes
Advanced route diversity calculation Yes
Frequently Listening Routing Slave (FliRS) Yes
Beam Wakeup Yes (5.0x SDK only) Yes
100kbps wireless channel Yes
Concurrent listening on 9.6/40kbps and 100kbps channels Yes
Concurrently listening on three 100kbps channels Yes
External power amplifier support Yes
USB VCP support Yes
IR learning Yes
IR generation Yes
Advanced wireless range Yes
Decreased power consumption Yes
Improved communication speed Yes
Improved memory capacity Yes
Improved output power Yes, +2.5dBM

New releases.

Aeotec has a number of new products in development for 2019, with the next of them to be announced in the near future. To find out what's new and when they're released, be sure to sign up to our newsletter.