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?

z-wave 700 series

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?

700 series compared to 800 series

While 700 series products are undoubtedly good, they're no longer offer the best possible performance or availability. In the face of COVID-19 and the global chip shortage, Z-Wave standard owners Silicon Labs have released 800 series Z-Wave. It's an upgraded version of the standard and, when 800 series is compared to 700 series, it offers a slew of improvements and better availability.

700 series compared to older 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. 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 series500 series700 series
Need to know   
Z-Wave PlusNoYesYes
Z-Wave Plus V2NoNoYes
ReleasedMay 2005March 2013April 2019
End of life
Limited support and security patches available
YesYes2023
Replaced by 800 series
Z-Wave Specific Features   
SmartStartNoOptionalAlways
Backup compatibleCustom software onlyCustom software onlyYes
Backwards compatibilityYes, with 100 seriesYes, 100 to 300 seriesYes, 100 to 500 series
Network Wide InclusionNoMaker dependentYes
Explorer FramesNoYesYes
Advanced route diversity calculationNoYesYes
Flirs (Beaming wake-up)OptionalOptionalAlways
OTA Z-Wave firmware updatesNoOptionalAlways
Hardware Platform   
CPU / MCUOptimized 8051 CPU CoreOptimized 8051 CPU CoreARM® Cortex M4
CPU / MCU Speed16 MHz32 MHz39 MHz
Memory2 kB16 kB64 kB
Flash Memory32 kB128 kB256 kB
GeckoNoNoYes
SAW FilterNoOptionalInbuilt
Number of GPIO pins101432
Operating ambient temperature-15 to 85°C-10 to 85°C-40 to 85°C
Chipset dimensions (mm)12.5 x 13.613.6 x 12.59 x 9
Power Use   
Active power consumption36 mA35 mA12.5 mA
Sleep-mode power consumption2.5 uA1 uA1 uA
Security energy use--50% less
Coin cell compatibleNoNoYes
Maximum battery life1 year1.5 years10 years
Wireless Security   
Network keyOptionalYesYes
AES-128 bit encryptionNoOptionalAlways
ECDHNoOptionalAlways
Security 2NoOptionalAlways
Man-in-the-middle attack preventionNoOptionalAlways
Wireless Performance   
Output power DBM (TX)-2.5 dBm300 series +2.5dBMup to +13 dBm
Range sensitivity (RX)-102 dBm / -98 dBmdown to -103 dBm with saw filter-97.9 dBm
Wireless speed9.6 / 40 kbit(s)9.6 / 40 / 100 kbit/s9.6 / 40 / 100 kbit/s
Maximum wireless range outdoors (Direct)up to 100 metresup to 150 metresmore than 200 metres
Maximum wireless range outdoors (Max Relay/Repeat)up to 400 metresup to 600 metresmore than 800 metres
Maximum wireless range indoors (Direct)more than 30 metresup to 75 metresup to 100 metres
Maximum wireless range indoors (Max Relay/Repeat)more than 120 metresup to 300 metresup to 400 metres