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:
- greater communication: the 500 series chip has a 67% bigger wireless communication range
- faster communication: the 500 series chip has a 250% quicker data rate
- 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
- 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|
|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|