The Z-Wave Alliance has launched a new installation toolkit for setting up and testing Z-Wave smart home mesh networks.

By their very nature, Z-Wave networks are easy to get up and running but occasionally require some trial and error to install with quality and reliability. The Z-Wave certified installer toolkit is a maintenance and diagnostics device that provides information, both textually and graphically, on the health and stability of Z-Wave networks. The tool measures Z-Wave RF wireless signals, providing help with configuration or compatibility issues as they happen during setup or upgrading.

With the Alliance’s database of all Z-Wave certified products, detailed information is available instantly on any certified product being installed. The toolkit provides access to everything from technical Z-Wave protocol information to the original owner’s manual for each product that has gone through Z-Wave Plus certification. The toolkit is also field upgradable, making it future-proof for any new updates or advancements in products or the platform itself. The easy to navigate user interface is accessible through a web browser, making it available on a mobile phone, tablet or laptop computer on the road.

The Z-Wave Certified Installer Toolkit features include:

  • A built-in web server that allows the toolkit to be placed in the customer’s Z-Wave network and connected using any web browser through Wi-Fi.
  • Z-Wave Network Sniffer (ZNiffer) functionality—will display information about the Z-Wave transmissions taking place around the area where the tool is placed.
  • Spectrum Analyser—will show basic information on the Z-Wave frequency range.
  • Global usage and language support; Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity with USB ports for expansion into future capabilities.

All new integrator members will receive a Z-Wave Certified Installer Toolkit free with their paid membership. All software updates and upgrades will be available at no charge as long as the member remains in good standing. Additional toolkits will be available for purchase for all Alliance members.

The Z-Wave Certified Installer Toolkit will be available in Q4 2016.