Z-Wave Plus Explained

Learn about Z-Wave Plus and getting the best available Z-Wave products

What is Z-Wave Plus

Z-Wave Plus is a product certification program that assures consumers are getting the best performing Z-Wave products available today.

Note: Make sure you're getting a Z-Wave Plus certified product. The product packaging will confirm its authenticity.


  • 50% improvement in battery life
  • 67% improvement in range
  • 250% more bandwidth
  • Three RF channels for improved noise immunity and higher bandwidth
  • New Plug-n-Play Network-wide Inclusion feature
  • Improved self-healing and fault tolerance with Explorer Frame feature
  • Standardized method for Over the Air firmware updates (OTA)
  • Improved product information capture for product certification database

Difference between Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus

Z-Wave Plus products make use of the latest advancements in Z-Wave technology. These advancements provide for longer battery life, faster operation, better RF coverage and easier installation. Classic Z-Wave products may take advantage of some of these newer advancements but are not required to use all of the latest technology. It is important to note that there over 40 million classic Z-Wave products in use every day and these products meet the needs of most users.

Note: Z-Wave Plus products are fully backward compatible with classic Z-Wave products.

Cost difference

There may be some slight difference in price between a Z-Wave Plus product and a classic Z-Wave product, but these differences have more to do with added features than the cost of the underlining technology.

Z-Wave Plus™ Certification

Z-Wave Plus™ is a new certification program designed to help consumers identify products that take advantage of the recently introduced 'Next Gen' Z-Wave hardware platform, also know as 500 Series or 5th Generation Z-Wave. Z-Wave Plus certified solutions feature a selected set of extended features and capabilities that enhance the end user experience and speed up the Z-Wave installation process.


  • Shorter and easier installations
  • Richer device profiles
  • Improved self-healing
  • Longer battery life

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