The majority of popular wireless doorbells on the market make use of Wi-Fi to communicate. No surprise as most of us do have Wi-Fi routers in our homes now. They do a great job and have lots of uses. However, if you want to take your smart home automation to another level you probably want to look at alternative protocols such as Z Wave or Zigbee.
Using a Z Wave compatible doorbell will open up a world of possibilities for your home automation set up. With thousands of Z wave smart devices to choose such as thermostats, smart locks, garage door openers, smoke detectors, sirens and motion detectors you can create an inter connected world.
For example, if you were to invest in Z wave controller like Samsung SmartThings, Fibaro HomeCenter 2, Vera, Zipabox or you could set up a scene where someone pressing the button on the Z wave bell sends an alert, turns on the hall lights and plays music on your Sonos speakers. The possibilities are endless and to a certain extent depend on your creativity.
Unfortunately, the choice of truly Z Wave compatible doorbells is not that great. A search of the Z Wave Alliance database for doorbells doesn’t give that many results at the time of writing. One brand sticks out and that is Aeotec.
As there is such a limited range the only option for a truly Z-Wave Compatible doorbell would be the the Aeotec AEZW162 Z-Wave Doorbell available at Amazon.
Aeotec AEZW162 Z-Wave Doorbell
Certification Number: ZC10-19026372
SmartStart Compatible: No
This Z Wave plus compatible device comprises of a battery powered doorbell unit which can be screwed or taped to wall as long as it is not in direct sunlight. The battery life in the doorbell is anticipated to be around 2 years and a chime which is placed indoors and plugged into a power source that is again taped to the wall.
Out of the box you get 1 button, batteries and the chime. If you want to expand you are able to add up to 3 buttons so multi door monitoring is possible
The whole setup is pretty straightforward to install.
Aside from the Z Wave compatibility it is not a million miles away from a traditional doorbell in that you press a button and a chime rings inside letting someone know they have to answer the door.
Once the installation is complete you pair the Aeotec with your Z-Wave controller and make the bell part of your home automation set-up.
The general feeling for this product based on Amazon reviews is that whilst it is Z Wave compatible the product quality is not the best. It is suggested that you may have better luck with the Generation 5.
Alternatives to Aeotec
If you don’t want the Aeotec you may need to get creative. There are numerous examples on the Internet of people re-wiring traditional doorbells with Z Wave sensors to achieve something similar.
Or, you could use something like the Nexia Z-Wave doorbell sensor. This sensor connects directly to your indoor chime. As soon as it detects the bell has rung it is able to send a signal to your other Z Wave devices.
Outside of that if you have the Ring Alarm the base unit operates as a Z-Wave hub. This should allow you to integrate a Ring Video doorbell and other Z Waves devices. There is even a certification program “Works with Ring” that allows you to identify what Z Wave devices will work with the Ring Alarm.
It’s fair to say that there are not many truly compatible Z-Wave doorbells aside from the Aeotec. With so little to choose from it is hard to genuinely choose a best. At the moment, you would probably be better off getting a device from another manufacturer and trying to integrate it into your setup using something like SmartThings.