You’ll see from the comparison below that there are a LOT of things that make the 700 series edition of Z-Wave better. From the firmware to the chips themselves, there are massive improvements. At Aeotec, we think these are the best of them.
700 series power performance is hugely improved. Wireless communication uses 64% less power and improvements to resting and active performance means battery life can be as much as 10 years when fully optimised.
Z-Wave Plus cements its position as the best platform for wirelessly connected devices with 700 series. With a wireless range of up to 800 metres / 2,600 feet (hop mode), Z-Wave devices can now communicate 250% further using significantly less power.
Z-Wave is all about control and automation. 700 series does it quickest. An 18% more powerful CPU is coupled with wireless transfers reaching 100 kbit/s and instantaneous security. 700 series calculates the quickest and acts the quickest.
Smart home and smart office technology has to be secure. 700 series is. The 3 optional layers of security that 500 series offered are now mandatory and enhanced in 700 series Z-Wave.
Generation after generation, Z-Wave continues to develop at an exciting (but measured) pace. First there was Z-Wave, then came a major upgrade with Z-Wave Plus and 500 series. 700 series builds on all that.
The 700 series edition of Z-Wave Plus chips and modules offer major advantages over older versions of Z-Wave in a lot of different categories. End users will notice them the most in wireless speed and improved battery life. Developers will notice them the most in the improved wireless range and the improved memory.
The following table is a detailed comparison of Z-Wave Plus 700 versus 300 and 500 editions. We’ve highlighted the winning element in green - you’ll see that 700 series Z-Wave is the easy winner and the best wireless technology for the connected home and office.
|300 series||500 series||700 series|
|CPU / MCU||Optimized 8051 CPU Core||Optimized 8051 CPU Core||ARM® Cortex M4|
|CPU / MCU Speed||16 MHz||32 MHz||39 MHz|
|Memory||2 kB||16 kB||64 kB|
|Flash Memory||32 kB||128 kB||512 kB|
|Number of GPIO pins||10||14||32|
|Operating ambient temperature||-15 to 85°C||-10 to 85°C||-40 to 85°C|
|Chipset dimensions (mm)||12.5 x 13.6 x 2.4||13.6 x 12.5 x 1.9||9 x 9 x 1.21|
|Active power consumption||36 mA||35 mA||12.5 mA|
|Sleep-mode power consumption||2.5 uA||1 uA||1 uA|
|Security energy use||-||-||50% less|
|Coin cell compatible||No||No||Yes|
|Maximum battery life||1 year||1.5 years||10 years|
|AES-128 bit encryption||No||Optional||Always|
|Man in the middle attack prevention||No||Optional||Always|
|Output power DBM (TX)||-2.5 dBm||300 series +2.5dBM||up to +13 dBm|
|Range sensitivity (RX)||-102 dBm / -98 dBm||down to -103 dBm with saw filter||-97.5 dBm|
|Wireless speed||9.6 / 40 kbit/s||9.6 / 40 / 100 kbit/s||9.6 / 40 /100 kbit/s|
|Maximum wireless range outdoors (Direct)||up to 100 metres||up to 150 metres||more than 200 meters|
|Maximum wireless range outdoors (Max Hop/Repeat)||up to 400 metres||up to 600 metres||more than 800 meters|
|Maximum wireless range indoors (Direct)||more than 30 metres||up to 75 metres||up to 100 meters|
|Maximum wireless range indoors (Max Hop/Repeat)||more than 120 metres||up to 300 metres||up to 400 meters|
|Z-Wave Specific Features|
|Backwards compatibility||Yes, with 100 series||Yes, 100 to 300 series.||Yes, 100 to 500 series.|
|Network Wide Inclusion||No||Optional||Yes|
|Advanced route diversity calculation||No||Yes||Yes|
|Flirs (Beaming wakeup)||Optional||Optional||Always|
|OTA Z-Wave firmware updates||No||Optional||Always|
|Released||May 2005||March 2013||April 2019|
Aeotec is the leading developer of devices that use Z-Wave 700 series. But, we’re still keeping things a little secret right now and haven’t publicly announced which devices we’re preparing to release. If you'd like to keep up to date with our 700 series announcements and releases, be sure to subscribe to the Aeotec newsletter.
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