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

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.

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 feature300 series500 series
Over-The-Air (OTA) firmware updatesOptional, 5.0x SDKAlways in Gen5
Security: AES-128 encryptionAlways in Gen5
Security: Application level sample codeYesYes
Security: man-in-middle and brute force hacking avoidanceAlways in S2
Security: Elliptic curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) anonymous key exchangeAlways in S2
Explorer FramesYesYes
Network Wide InclusionYesYes
Remove reduced SUC functionality
(Full replication only)
Random number generationYesYes
Advanced route diversity calculationYes
Frequently Listening Routing Slave (FliRS)Yes
Beam wake-upYes (5.0x SDK only)Yes
100kbps wireless channelYes
Concurrent listening on 9.6/40kbps and 100kbps channelsYes
Concurrently listening on three 100kbps channelsYes
External power amplifier supportYes
USB VCP supportYes
IR learningYes
IR generationYes
Advanced wireless rangeYes
Decreased power consumptionYes
Improved communication speedYes
Improved memory capacityYes
Improved output powerYes, +2.5dBM