Z-Wave continues to be developed at an exciting pace with massive leaps to the core technology and its application in home automation. Now, Z-Wave takes another leap forward with the release of 500 series.
500 series 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.
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.
The 500 series Z-Wave chip and module has a number of advantages over its predecessors. These include:
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|
|Network Wide Inclusion||Yes||Yes|
|Remove reduced SUC functionality|
(Full replication only)
|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|
|Advanced wireless range||–||Yes|
|Decreased power consumption||–||Yes|
|Improved communication speed||–||Yes|
|Improved memory capacity||–||Yes|
|Improved output power||–||Yes, +2.5dBM|