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  • 700 series Z-Wave chip

    When will 700 series Z-Wave devices be available from HS? Will the current Z-Net support that technology?
    HomeSeer Version: HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.500
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro - Work Station

    Enabled Plug-Ins:
    2.1.0.119: AmbientWeather | 3.0.21.0: BLLock | 2.0.24.0: BLUPS | 1.3.6.0: Device History | 3.0.0.56: EasyTrigger | 3.1.0.7: MeiHarmonyHub | 3.0.6681.34300: UltraCID3 | 3.0.6644.26753: UltraLog3 | 3.0.6554.33094: UltraMon3 | 3.0.0.91: weatherXML | 3.0.1.245: Z-Wave | 3.0.51: HS Touch Designer | 3.0.0.40 Z-Seer+

  • #2
    So, good question, but the chip hasn't even been released. The current znet supports the 500 chip - not the 700 chip. When the 700 chip is released, then I suppose they will come out with a new version. I am eager as well but I think we have a while to wait.
    HomeSeer 2, HomeSeer 3, Allonis myServer, Amazon Alexa Dots, ELK M1G, ISY 994i, HomeKit, BlueIris, and 6 "4k" Cameras using NVR, and integration between all of these systems. Home Automation since 1980.

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    • #3
      Pros of Z-Wave 700 series:

      Increased range, triples the range I think.
      Lower battery consumption.
      More on board memory, which means more space for code.
      Better processor?
      "Many" peripherals.

      The last one has me hopeful, we could see devices with more than just two outputs. Like a single wall gang device that can control a ceiling fan and multiple light circuits, off a single node.

      The 500 was 'announced' in 2013, users who've been here a while, when do you recall seeing the first actual Z-Wave plus devices? That gap might be an indicator of wait time, as the 700 was announced at CES this year (2018).

      Add to this the sale of Z-Wave by Sigma to Silicon labs, which might put a halt on things while the transition happens.

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      • #4
        Personally, I'm hoping to see the chip earlier rather than later. I'd like to replace some dimmers, but the limitations on current chips, regarding code space, has made them (IMHO) buggy. I'd hate to wait for a long time, but I'm *really* tired of flickering dimmers....
        HomeSeer Version: HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.500
        Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro - Work Station

        Enabled Plug-Ins:
        2.1.0.119: AmbientWeather | 3.0.21.0: BLLock | 2.0.24.0: BLUPS | 1.3.6.0: Device History | 3.0.0.56: EasyTrigger | 3.1.0.7: MeiHarmonyHub | 3.0.6681.34300: UltraCID3 | 3.0.6644.26753: UltraLog3 | 3.0.6554.33094: UltraMon3 | 3.0.0.91: weatherXML | 3.0.1.245: Z-Wave | 3.0.51: HS Touch Designer | 3.0.0.40 Z-Seer+

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        • #5
          I'm excited about the improved battery life of the sensors. Who can remember the first set of Z-Wave sensors that ate batteries?
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          64 Z-Wave Nodes, 168 Events, 280 Devices
          UPB modules via OMNI plugin/panel
          Plugins: Z-Wave, BLRF, OMNI, HSTouch, weatherXML, EasyTrigger
          HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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          • #6
            FWIW- it will take a while to make the transition once the chips are released. Circuit boards will need to be redone, firmware will need to be changed, certifications will need to be redone (UL, FCC, Z-Wave). Until the chips are actually released, it would be hard to set any kind of timeframe.
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            • #7
              I've not heard ANYTHING about the 700 chip through the Z-Wave Alliance. So I don't expect to be seeing ANYTHING anytime soon. I'm suspecting the chip itself is still another 1 maybe 2 years tops before it's "released" and then it could be another year before any devices hit the shelf. Then it's anyones guess how long it will take HST to support it with the plugin and have HS branded devices.

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