Z-Wave is a global standard for automation. And it's optimised for every corner of the globe that it operates in. In Europe, Z-Wave uses the frequency of 868.42 MHz. That's the frequency that has been licensed by regulators for smart home applications in Europe, Africa, and the Far East.
Z-Wave uses a standard line encoding and for high security applications such as electronic door locks or roof windows; a single TAN system is applied that meets highest security standards.
Every communication is reconfirmed by the receiver so that the transmitter can retransmit in case of connection problems or give a proper alert to the user.
Every mains powered device acts as a router for all other devices. In case a message can not be sent directly to the receiver due to an obstacle the network will automatically re-route this message via other nodes. This ensures a very high reliability of a Z-Wave based wireless network. Every Z-Wave network consists of up to 232 notes which can own additional notes (slave devices).
Typical wireless ranges for communication between different devices are 30 metres inside and up to 100 metres outside buildings, though some devices, such as those which use Gen5 or Gen7 technologies, do reach a greater distance.
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