Z-Wave Wireless Home Control Solution Launches Tool to Troubleshoot RF Problems

Z-Wave Products has released the first commercially available troubleshooting tool for Z-Wave networks. Z-Wave is the leading wireless home control technology in the market today, with over 1700 certified interoperable products worldwide.

The new Toolbox allows Z-Wave network installers to quickly and easily troubleshoot common issues such as interference, range issues, weak links, and connected-device placement. It also allows stress testing of Z-Wave networks - both residential and commercial - and produces easy-to-decipher, colored Network Health Symbols (NHS) that indicate current performance. This results in shorter installation time of Z-Wave networks, as well as enhanced network reliability and increased customer satisfaction. It also means that potential issues can be identified and remedied before they occur, eliminating costly, time-consuming repairs.

A flexible and inexpensive web-based device, the self-contained Z-Wave Toolbox will work with any operating system in addition to smart phones and tablets. It is simple enough for the new installer, yet it has the power to remediate the most puzzling issues for the experienced professional.

The Z-Wave Toolbox contains 3 major applications:

  • The Network Health Tester can determine link stability, quality of service, latencies and helps the user troubleshoot, optimize and deploy Z-Wave networks with confidence.
  • The Z-Wave Packet Analyzer allows the user to see Z-Wave traffic. It helps troubleshoot connections, identify abnormal device operation, and pinpoint weak spots.
  • The Spectrum Analyzer allows users to scan frequencies close to Z-Wave frequencies for any interference.

This tool is also valuable for Z-Wave "superusers" and network owners who would like to gain some basic insight into how Z-Wave networks perform. The Z-Wave Toolbox future offerings will include an optional trace-reading service as well as toolbox accessories, such as a battery pack.