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    Should I upgrade to 700 series Z-Wave Stick

    Everywhere I look I see 700 Series Z-Wave devices. I know they work with my Z-Wave & Zigbee Stick (Zigbee 4.0.11.0,Z-Wave 3.0.9.0) but I was wondering if I am getting all the benefits from those new 700 series devices with my older stick. Thre are a few older discussions on 700 series, but I'm not seeing much else.

    Is there any benefit to purchasing a new 700 Series Z-Wave USB Stick? If there is, any feedback on the ones out there?​

    #2
    If your existing setup is working well, why change it? If it ain't broke...

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      #3
      Originally posted by drhtmal View Post
      If your existing setup is working well, why change it? If it ain't broke...
      Yeah, I kind of understand and agree with what you are saying. But then again, in the late 70's my 67 Mustang ran great but that did not stop me from putting a Holley Double pumper and new headers on it.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Coz View Post
        Everywhere I look I see 700 Series Z-Wave devices. I know they work with my Z-Wave & Zigbee Stick (Zigbee 4.0.11.0,Z-Wave 3.0.9.0) but I was wondering if I am getting all the benefits from those new 700 series devices with my older stick. Thre are a few older discussions on 700 series, but I'm not seeing much else.

        Is there any benefit to purchasing a new 700 Series Z-Wave USB Stick? ​
        No.
        If you search these forums you will see numerous issues with the Gen3 (700 series) Z-wave stick that HST offers. These issues were no fault of HST and affected other manufacturers also because everyone's 700-series controller is based on the same reference design from Silicon Labs. There is finally a firmware upgrade that supposedly solves some problems.

        Rich has stated that 800-series controllers are already in the pipeline and will be available within the next several months. The advantage of the 800-series controllers is that they will natively support Z-Wave Long Range, which allows more of a hub-and-spoke network architecture versus the current Z-wave mesh.

        One thing to also consider is that just updating to a new controller doesn't buy you a lot unless the endpoints are also updated.

        Here's a good place to start some reading:
        Z-Wave 500 vs. 700 vs. 800 – Why Use the New 800 Series for Smart Home Devices (silabs.com)

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          #5
          Originally posted by TC1 View Post

          No.
          If you search these forums you will see numerous issues with the Gen3 (700 series) Z-wave stick that HST offers. These issues were no fault of HST and affected other manufacturers also because everyone's 700-series controller is based on the same reference design from Silicon Labs. There is finally a firmware upgrade that supposedly solves some problems.

          Rich has stated that 800-series controllers are already in the pipeline and will be available within the next several months. The advantage of the 800-series controllers is that they will natively support Z-Wave Long Range, which allows more of a hub-and-spoke network architecture versus the current Z-wave mesh.

          One thing to also consider is that just updating to a new controller doesn't buy you a lot unless the endpoints are also updated.

          Here's a good place to start some reading:
          Z-Wave 500 vs. 700 vs. 800 – Why Use the New 800 Series for Smart Home Devices (silabs.com)
          Very interesting reading. I'll wait for the 800 series

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            #6
            Thanks TC1. A lot of very good info! I'm glad I decided to ask instead of just making the change to the 700 series.

            I see a lot of benefits for the 800 series; Distance and current draw are a few, but the increase in the temperature range will also be of interest for those who want to have devices in attics. Lets hope it has a smoother rollout then it appears the 700 series had.

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