Since its first release in 1999, Z-Wave has continued to be developed at an exciting pace with massive leaps to the core technology. All this has culminated in the first version of Z-Wave Plus: Z-Wave 500 series.

500 series Z-Wave

Current generation: 800 series Z-Wave

June 2019 update. Since 2013, when we first published this article explaining the benefits of 500 series Z-Wave Plus, newer versions of the standard have been released. Follow either of these links to learn more and compare 500 series Z-Wave to 700 series and the newer 800 series.

Z-Wave 500 series vs. 300 series & 400 series

500 series Z-Wave has been developed as an upgrade to both the 300 series and 400 series chips and Atrim team has been engineering with it since the chip’s release in 2013. Such products, using Z-Wave Plus chips and modules, have a number of advantages over their predecessors. These include improvements in 4 key areas.

Greater communication

The 500 series chip has a 67% broader 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 Atrim can now build more features into its Z-Wave products 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 and also a greater battery life for battery-powered Atrim products.

Z-Wave feature300 series500 series
Over-The-Air (OTA) firmware updatesOptional, 5.0x SDKAlways
Security: AES-128 encryptionAlways
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)
YesYes
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