What is Z-Wave?
Ring alarm devices communicate with the Base Station through Z-Wave, a wireless communication protocol.
It’s important to understand how your devices communicate with one another when setting up your Ring Alarm system so that you can set up your Alarm components to use the strongest signal possible. This article will discuss basic Ring Doorbell Z-Wave problems.
Is the Ring Doorbell compatible with Z-Wave?
Yes, all Ring devices are compatible with Z-Wave. The Ring Alarm base station operates as a Z-Wave hub, allowing the Ring Alarm system’s elements to communicate without interfering with your home’s Wi-Fi network.
While Ring Alarm’s base station is capable of Zigbee compatibility, there are currently no plans to use it.
Using Z-Wave with a Ring
If your non-Ring devices are Z-Wave compatible, you can integrate them into your Ring Alarm base station. You may add as many smart home devices as you like to your smart home, such as:
- Video doorbells and chimes
- Security cameras
- Smart locks
- Smart smoke detectors
- Motion sensors
This Z-Wave compatibility increases your smart home’s possibilities considerably. Ring, for example, does not make its own smart lock, but there are a number of Z-Wave smart locks on the market that will integrate with your Ring devices.
Keep in mind, that some products won’t integrate with Ring Alarm devices to the same degree as Ring’s own products. When a non-Ring motion sensor is triggered, for example, your Ring alarm will not initiate a response from the monitoring center like it would with a Ring sensor. You will use all Ring or certified “Works with Ring” products for full integration.
How do you connect Z-Wave to Ring?
If you want to use your Ring Alarm system with a variety of Z-Wave compatible products from different brands, you’ll need to connect them to your Ring account. Follow the steps below,
- To set up a device in the Ring app, click on the + sign.
- Now, select the type of device you have.
- At the bottom of the page, select “Add Manually.”
- Then, Select “Z-Wave”.
To connect the new device to your Ring Alarm, follow the instructions that came with it. You’ll see the non-Ring device shown in your Ring app after it’s been successfully connected.
Using a Z-Wave Compatible Smart Hub
If you don’t have a Ring Alarm, you can still use a smart home hub to connect your Ring devices to other Z-Wave compatible smart home products.
The Samsung SmartThings Hub comes highly recommended. It can integrate with both Z-Wave and Zigbee devices simultaneously. One allows me to quickly integrate smart home devices from a variety of companies into your smart home.
Whichever, the Z-Wave hub you choose, you’ll use the hub’s mobile app to add all of your Z-Wave devices. To add the device to your hub’s app, first, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, to complete the connecting process, follow the instructions given with the compatible smart home device.
Does Ring use Zigbee or Z-Wave?
Z-Wave is used by Ring Alarm. With the use of a Z-Wave compatible smart hub, Ring video doorbells, cameras, and smart bulbs may also be used with Z-Wave. At this time, ring devices are not Zigbee compatible.
While Ring devices are not Zigbee compatible, Z-Wave and Zigbee devices can operate in the same home simultaneously.
Does Z-Wave Mesh?
Yes, Z-Wave is one of the most common mesh networks used for smart home devices. This network uses 908.4Mhz, 916Mhz, and wifi use 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
All devices are connected to one central hub or access point in traditional “hub-and-spoke” networks. If you have one router (hub) and your wireless devices (spokes) connect to that router, you are probably already familiar with this network type. A “mesh network” is created by Z-Wave devices. Unlike a traditional “hub-and-spoke” network, in which each device communicates only with the central hub (access point), Z-Wave devices may communicate with each other as well as the central hub. This means that a network of Z-Wave devices will form a net-like “mesh” that has many benefits over traditional “hub-and-spoke” networks. Such as,
- Traditional hub-and-spoke networks often have a greater range than Z-Wave networks. On an unobstructed path, an Alarm Base Station has a range of around 250 feet.
- Because devices may communicate via multiple paths, their already long range can be expanded even further.
- Because signals may be re-routed if one of the connections is lost, mesh networks are more robust than hub-and-spoke arrangements.
NOTE: When setting up a Z-Wave mesh network, only devices that plug into a wall operate as extenders or “nodes” of the mesh. The power generated by battery-operated devices is enough to act as a mesh node. Your Base Station and Range Extenders will act as mesh “nodes” in the case of the basic devices that come with your Alarm system, however, your window/door sensors will not extend the Z-Wave signal.