What is Z-wave and why do you need a Z-wave compatible home security camera? The simplest way to explain Z-wave technology is to say that it allows you to protect your home or business via remote video surveillance. Anywhere you have a connection to the internet, you are able to monitor your security camera feed. The advantages to this are obvious; you can monitor who is in your home, keep an eye on your children activities and be altered instantly in the event of a break-in.
Privacy is an ever increasing concern and it's important to understand that that the images you are sending are kept secure. It doesn't work over your WIFI so even if that is compromised, your data remains secure. You can read more about the Z-wave technology on their website. However I have taken their '8 reasons why Z-wave is #ONE' and summarized them here.
1. Easy to install and does not require any rewiring of your home's current electrical.
2. Affordable. You can get started with a minimal investment and easily add more smart products.
3. Reliable. Having been on the market for over 10 years, Z-wave has proven to be the top home automation solution on the market.
4. Secure. Z-wave technology uses the same encryption as online banking making it the safe choice for your smart home.
5. Trusted. The biggest brand names on the market use Z-wave in their smart home products.
6. Experienced. There are already 50 million products in smart homes worldwide.
7. The smart home leader. 9 out of 10 leading security companies use Z-wave.
8. Provides choices. With other 2,100 smart home automation products on the market, Z-wave products provide many choices to suit your needs.
If is easy to see why Security Camera System Pro recommends a Z-wave compatible home security camera, and we have reviewed the top 7 to make it easier for your to choose the one that is right for you.
Our Top 3 Z-Wave Camera Picks
Top Pick 1: Nexia Home Outdoor Camera
Wireless access from your device.
Storage for your videos.
Live video feed anytime.
Place anywhere in the home with a wireless transmitter.
Inferred for night time videos.
The Nexia Home WCO100NX N N SL Outdoor Camera has built-in Z-wave technology via its Nexia Home Intelligence system, making it our number 1 rated Z-wave home security camera. Being an outdoor camera, it is both sturdy and waterproof which is essential. The good quality build, coupled with the excellent range means you can feel safe placing this camera literally anywhere around the outside of your home. Because of the Z-wave feature you can view the video feed on any internet connected device - most people use their smartphone. This is great because it allows you to know when the children come home from school, view any pets in the garden and generally know who comes in and out of your house. The inferred feature is pretty good, especially in the winter as the nights get dark a lot quicker, as you don't require any external lighting to view what is going on.
Overall, we feel this camera is one of the best for the money. It is connected via Z-wave which allows you to view the feed anywhere. It also has a record and playback function so you can view the footage at a later time. This camera is a must, not only for home security but also for families with children and pets.
Top Pick 2: Nexia Wireless Indoor HD Camera
Wireless or hard-wired.
Indoor or outdoor video.
Live video feed anytime.
Access to your video feed anytime you want.
Great 3rd party monitoring.
Like it's outdoor counterpart above, the Nexia WCW200 Wireless Indoor HD Camera is also Z-wave compatible via the Nexia Home Intelligence system. Even though it is an indoor camera, it can technically be mounted outside the home as it is waterproof and has an outdoor setting. When it was first released the camera was only capable of 640x480 resolution, however a recent software update now allows you to record at 1280x720 HD which provides amazing quality. There is a 'no-contract' pay-as-you-go subscription available from Nexia to provide you with 3rd party monitoring of the system. It's not particularly useful for the home but is invaluable for business users. The device comes with a 1 Year Limited Mechanical and Electronics Warranty which is very handy, especially if you are placing it outside. The Z-wave technology allows you to view the live video feed from any internet connected device such as your phone, tablet or laptop and is a great way of keeping an eye on your kids while they play in another room for example. It's also great if you go out and leave the children with a child minder. Another great use is for families with pets, to ensure that they are ok while at work. As it can be mouted on the wall vie the mounting bracket, you could also use it as an alternative to the Ring door system - viewing anyone who comes to the front door (however, unlike the Ring system, you are unable to speak to that person).
Overall this is a great camera and the recent software update to the resolution makes this out second best pick. It's a must if you have children or pets and it easy to install and setup.
Top Pick 3: Fortrezz Siren/Strobe Z-Wave Alarm
Easy to install.
Live video feed anytime.
Siren and Strobe alarm to notify you of intruders.
Great 3rd party integration.
The Fortrezz SSA-01 Siren is a complete home security system - and in our option, it is great. Usually when you purchase a security camera, you literally get a camera. With the Fortrezz you get the holy trinity of security - camera, siren and strobe light.
As this is a Z-wave based camera, you have the luxury of viewing the feed from any internet connected device, which is really handy when you are out and about. Not only can you watch the feed live, but the camera stores the footage for playback later. We like the Fortrezz because with just a camera, you are only able to see what happened after a break-in, but with the additional sound and light, an intruder is more likely to be scared away - averting the theft all together. Also if your neighbors hear the siren, they can contact you and the police, and you are able to watch live what is going on.
Having a Fortrezz in your home will give you total security. It's super easy to install and use, and being Z-wave based you can view the feed anywhere. Overall this is a great combination camera and anti-intruder device.
How does the Z-wave technology work?
Z-wave technology is an efficient and low-energy protocol or technology which is using for communication between smart devices. It is mainly using in home automation, and it uses RF for controlling and transferring signals. When Z-wave technology is added to the design of any household product, they start to communicate by exchanging signals and messages and perform the desired function. Z-wave makes use of your Wi-Fi network so that you can easily control security systems through your PC or smartphone. Z-wave will not interfere with your Wi-Fi connection or Bluetooth as it works on a different frequency of around 900 MHz.
Buyers guide and tips for buying a security camera
As there are a lot of models out there, you need to purchase a camera which suits your taste and need. Certain factors need to be considered when you buy a Z-wave camera, which is discussed below.
There are several varieties of security cameras available on the market, and each has its own features and purposes. As there are a lot of security features in Z-wave cameras, you need to choose according to your needs. Some cameras are good for monitoring alone, and some have the features which allow you to notify in case of any threats. Before choosing a camera, be aware of the features you need to your home. After reading these 10 categories if you still have questions check out Z-wave's FAQ database.
Here are 10 of the common categories of security cameras available
- Basic security camera
This is a very basic form of security camera which is fixed and cannot change its position.
- IP camera
An IP or Internet protocol camera is a type of digital camera which can receive and send data through a computer network or an internet connection. Surveillance cameras are also called as IP cameras.
- Night vision camera
If you are choosing an outdoor camera, night vision facility is a must. Night vision cameras make use of Infrared technology helps to record clear clips at night without the help of a flashlight. The Schlage WCO100NX N N SL Home Outdoor Camera and Piper nv Smart Home Security System have this feature. Both these cameras are have Z-wave features available.
- Pan and tilt and zoom camera
These type of cameras have the ability to change direction, pan, tilt and zoom to various degrees. Pan and tilt cameras can also spin and rotate at a specific angle, and it is possible for you to control the camera remotely. The Piper nv Smart Home Security System discussed above is a camera having this feature. If you want to monitor specified area at an angle rather than in a single position, you need to look for this feature. Some pan, tilt, and zoom cameras have the ability to lock-in an object and follow it even if crosses the specified monitoring area.
- Motion detection cameras
Motion detection cameras are smarter versions which start recording or take pictures when they sense any kind of movement. So with this Z-wave camera, you can avoid recording lengthy unwanted footages. Certain motion detection cameras have the ability to lock-in moving objects and follow it. The Schlage WCW100 Home Indoor Camera with Nexia Home Intelligence is a motion detection camera.
- Outdoor cameras
If you want to monitor an outdoor space, you need to buy an outdoor camera because it is specially designed for outdoors. Most of the outdoor Z-wave camera will be having facilities like light vision and will be weather-proof. These types of cameras are important when you want to monitor who is outside your house without actually opening the door. The Schlage WCO100NX N N SL is an outdoor camera. Here's some tips when shopping for the best outdoor camera.
This is one of the important factors to consider while buying a security camera with Z-wave features. You must make sure that the camera you buy is weather friendly and durable. Being weather-friendly is also important because you might be placing the camera outside the home. Some people go as far as to buy fake security cameras because it is a deterrent. This can be a good choice for people on low income and in a dangerous city.
Do not judge a product by its cost. Don’t think that the camera which is highly priced is better than a low priced one. It should be judged considering the features and services it provides rather than its price. But generally, superior cameras with rich features cost more than inferior ones. While setting a budget, you need to think about the features that you need so that you get the quality service for what you pay.
As you know, no security system is perfect, because technology is growing day by day. There are a lot of innovations happening in the area of home automation and security. So you need to keep yourself updated with the latest surveillance and security technology to choose the right camera with Z-wave technology for your home.