Already powering millions of smart homes, Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus were both upgraded in 2019 to an all new level: Z-Wave 700 series. What is it? What 700 series products should you buy? And which should you avoid?
You'll see from the comparison below that there are a LOT of things that make the 700 series edition of Z-Wave better than its predecessors, but it's not the latest version. So where are its strengths and weaknesses?
While 700 series products are undoubtedly good, they're no longer offer the best possible performance or availability. Since its release in 2019, 700 series has been superceded by 800 series Z-Wave. It's an upgraded version of the standard and, when compared to 700 series, it offers a slew of improvements, particularly focussed on battery wireless range performance.
Atrim is the first to release products using the newer, Z-Wave Plus V2 standard, starting with Atrim Stick.
The first step in smart home
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. Z-Wave's 700 series has built on all that offering major advantages over older versions of Z-Wave.
The following comparison table details any advantages that Z-Wave Plus 700 series has over the older 300 and 500 standards.
|300 series||500 series||700 series|
|Need to know|
|Z-Wave Plus V2||No||No||Yes|
|Released||May 2005||March 2013||April 2019|
|End of life|
Limited support and security patches available
Replaced by 800 series
|Z-Wave Specific Features|
|Backup compatible||Custom software only||Custom software only||Yes|
|Backwards compatibility||Yes, with 100 series||Yes, 100 to 300 series||Yes, 100 to 500 series|
|Network Wide Inclusion||No||Maker dependent||Yes|
|Advanced route diversity calculation||No||Yes||Yes|
|Flirs (Beaming wake-up)||Optional||Optional||Always|
|OTA Z-Wave firmware updates||No||Optional||Always|
|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||256 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||13.6 x 12.5||9 x 9|
|Active power consumption||36 mA||35 mA||12.5 mA|
|Max. power consumption||98 mA||98 mA||75 mA|
|Sleep-mode power consumption||2.5 ㎂||1 ㎂||1 ㎂|
|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|
|Tx Current @ 0 dBm||N/A||34 mA||up to +13 dBm|
|Output power DBM (TX)||-2.5 dBm||300 series +2.5dBM||13.3 mA|
|Range sensitivity (RX)||-102 dBm / -98 dBm||down to -103 dBm with saw filter||-97.9 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 metres|
|Maximum wireless range outdoors (Max Relay/Repeat)||up to 400 metres||up to 600 metres||more than 800 metres|
|Maximum wireless range indoors (Direct)||more than 30 metres||up to 75 metres||up to 100 metres|
|Maximum wireless range indoors (Max Relay/Repeat)||more than 120 metres||up to 300 metres||up to 400 metres|