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Aeotec Z-Wave USB Stick turns your PC into a smart home gateway. A gateway that's locally hosted, secure and cloud free.
Simply plug in your Z-Stick into an available USB Port on your preferred computer platform. It's designed to work with a PC, HTPC or laptop, with Mac OS, Linux and Windows supported. It will even work with Raspberry Pi and select NAS systems.
Note: You also need to install compatible Z-Wave software onto your Z-Stick.
Supported open source software such as Domoticz, Home Assistant, OpenHab & OpenHab2 can be installed for free. You can also install commercially available software which includes Axial Control, HomeSeer & Indigo Domotics.
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 Aeotec 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.
Pick your software
Once you've decided which platform to use Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 with, it's time to select the software you want to use to power your gateway and your smart home.
Works with open source software
Ever since the communication code of Z-Wave was made public by its creators, open source software has come a long way. Typically paired with Raspberry Pi, Z-Stick Gen5 can be used with these open source platforms to power your Z-Wave smart home.
- Home Assistant
Works with pro software
If you'd rather build your home with pro software, Z-Stick works with the following platforms on either Mac or Windows.
- Axial Control
- Indigo Domotics
Depend on Z-Wave
Z-Wave is huge. There are over 2,100 different devices available including a huge range of control and automation devices made by Aeotec. And Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 doesn't just offer Z-Wave, it offers the best version of it.
Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 is powered by Z-Wave Plus and Aeotec's Gen5 stack
Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 is about dependability. You can depend on your smart home not going offline when cloud hosting does. And you can depend on your Z-Stick Gen5 not going offline at all.
With its inbuilt 100 mAh rechargeable lithium battery, Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 can continue to work for up to 15 days even when your power is out.