New-gen home automation doesn’t have to be expensive – with a few key devices you can create a smart home. Step by step. Room by room. At your own pace, in your own time, and within your own budget.
Usually the most expensive part of any smart home is its gateway; that key hub that binds all your connected devices together to control and automate them. With Aeotec’s Z-Stick Gen5 your gateway is no longer expensive.
Z-Stick Gen5 lets you build your own gateway. A gateway that is locally hosted. A gateway that is cloud free. One with the features and security your home need. And one that can communicate with over 230 Z-Wave devices as you gradually expand your smart home.
Pick your platform.
Z-Stick Gen5 is a Z-Wave Plus antenna that works with any platform.
It’s been designed to bring Z-Wave to every computer platform. You can use it with a PC, HTPC or laptop, with Mac, Linux or Windows, with single-board computers such as Raspberry Pi, and even select NAS systems such as the Asus’ Asustor.
Using a combination of such platforms and Z-Stick Gen5 immediately gives you 2 big advantages over a lot of standard gateways;
- Remote backups are great. But when your smart home isn’t hosted locally then neither is your home’s security. Take control of your smart home and your security by building your own Z-Wave gateway and hosting it locally.
- Hosting in the cloud seems great until servers go down or gateway makers go out of business. Your smart home suddenly isn’t so smart; it’s completely inoperable instead. Most Z-Wave gateways depend on the cloud – build your own to avoid downtime and a broken smart home.
Capable of controlling up to 232 different Z-Wave devices, including those that use the more advanced Z-Wave Plus, and able to run on both full powered PCs and low powered PCs such as Raspberry Pi, Z-Stick Gen5 works with with open source software such as
- Home Assistant
It also works with commercially available software such as
- Axial Control
- Indigo for MacOS.
For enhanced network performance and reduced downtime, Z-Stick Gen5 contains an inbuilt, rechargeable info-lithium battery.