Z-Stick Gen5.

Your gateway to building your own Z-Wave gateway.

New-gen home automation doesn’t have to be expensive – with a few key devices you can create a smart home. Step by step. Room by room. At your own pace, in your own time, and within your own budget.

Usually the most expensive part of any smart home is its gateway; that key hub that binds all your connected devices together to control and automate them. With Aeotec’s Z-Stick Gen5 your gateway is no longer expensive.

Z-Stick Gen5 lets you build your own gateway. A gateway that is locally hosted. A gateway that is cloud free. One with the features and security your home need. And one that can communicate with over 230 Z-Wave devices as you gradually expand your smart home.

Pick your platform.

Z-Stick Gen5 is a Z-Wave Plus antenna that works with any platform.

It’s been designed to bring Z-Wave to every computer platform. You can use it with a PC, HTPC or laptop, with Mac, Linux or Windows, with single-board computers such as Raspberry Pi, and even select NAS systems such as the Asus’ Asustor.

Using a combination of such platforms and Z-Stick Gen5 immediately gives you 2 big advantages over a lot of standard gateways;

local hosting

Local hosting.
Remote backups are great. But when your smart home isn’t hosted locally then neither is your home’s security. Take control of your smart home and your security by building your own Z-Wave gateway and hosting it locally.

cloud free

Cloud free.
Hosting in the cloud seems great until servers go down or gateway makers go out of business. Your smart home suddenly isn’t so smart; it’s completely inoperable instead. Most Z-Wave gateways depend on the cloud – build your own to avoid downtime and a broken smart home.

Pick your software.

Once you’ve decided which platform to use Z-Stick Gen5 with, it’s time to select the software you want to use to power your gateway and your smart home.

Works with open source software.

Ever since the communication code of Z-Wave was made public by its creators, open source software has come a long way. Typically paired with Raspberry Pi, Z-Stick Gen5 can be used with these open source platforms to power your Z-Wave smart home.


Works with pro software.

If you’d rather build your home with pro software, Z-Stick works with the following platforms on either Mac or Windows.


Depend on Z-Wave.

Z-Wave is huge. There are over 2,100 different devices available including a huge range of control and automation devices made by Aeotec. And Z-Stick Gen5 doesn’t just offer Z-Wave, it offers the best version of it.

Z-Stick Gen5 is powered by Z-Wave Plus and Aeotec’s Gen5 stack.

z-stick range

Wireless range up to 150 metres / 492 feet.

Z-Stick bandwidth

250% more communication bandwidth.

Z-Stick update

Powers over-the-air firmware updates for Z-Wave devices.

Z-Stick security

AES-128 bit encrypted communication and security.


Z-Stick Gen5 is about dependability. You can depend on your smart home not going offline when cloud hosting does. And you can depend on your Z-Stick Gen5 not going offline at all.

With its inbuilt 100 mAh rechargeable lithium battery, Z-Stick Gen5 can continue to work for up to 15 days even when your power is out.

Z-Stick battery

100 mAh rechargeable lithium battery.

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15 days lifetime on battery.

Where to buy Z-Stick Gen5.

Z-Stick Gen5 is available for purchase at the following online retailers:

Smart Living Technology, SmartHome.com.au

Aartech Canada, Amazon.ca



New Zealand.
Active Automation

Allcontroll A/S, Tronika

Automate Asia, L3 Homeation Pte Ltd

HomeSystem.sk, HomeSystem.sk


United Kingdom.
Amazon.co.uk, PI Supply, Vesternet

United States.

For more information:

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