As more and more people work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to create safe home offices with comfortable working environments is a must. Adding Z-Wave friendly smart devices to your home can definitely help make it more efficient and more comfortable for your work and living conditions. Most offices I’ve worked in have always provided great lighting, the right temperature, good security, and basically an office/cubicle setting that allowed me to be as productive as possible. Z-Wave can help you accomplish this at home without having to worry about disrupting your workflow, and in many cases, all you need is to provide voice commands or use your smartphone to make it happen.
We’ve put together a list of products that can make working from home easier and at the same time improve day-to-day life for the entire family. Please keep in mind that most Z-Wave devices will need to be included in a Z-Wave home network, which can easily be accomplished by installing a Z-Wave compatible home automation controller in your home and adding it to your Internet network.
Fibaro Z-Wave Home Center Lite is a wonderful home automation controller that can manage up to 230 Z-Wave friendly devices as well as support scenes, geo-localization, voice controls, and text message alerts. This automation controller will allow you to remote control Z-Wave connected lights, security devices, appliances, HVAC, and more. And since it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, you can be sitting at your home office/workstation and literally use voice commands to control Z-Wave connected devices, such as lights in your office. I’m currently working from home and have to do this a lot since my wife is always turning off the kitchen light on the way to our bedroom (she forgets I’m working from home sometimes), which happens to be my main light for my home workstation. All I have to say is, “Alexa, turn on kitchen light,” and just like that, I’m able to see what I’m working on.
Zipato ZipaTile2 Z-Wave Home Automation Controller is a complete home and security automation hub that is designed as an Android-powered, wall-mount tablet. It supports Z-Wave, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi devices (out of the box) and has built-in communication radios and sensors to detect motion, noise, temperature, humidity, shock, and light. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit, and has a free app for both iOS and Android mobile devices, allowing you to use voice commands and your smartphone to control your Z-Wave connected smart devices. The 8-inch touchscreen tablet (800 x 1280) has a touchscreen keypad and can easily be mounted on a wall for easy access.
Amazon Alexa and Google Home. My wife has one of these in her office that’s connected to Amazon Alexa. Plugged into it is a key light that provides extra light on her face during her video/Zoom meetings. We even created a special lighting scene called “Zoom Lighting” so whenever she has an upcoming video meeting, all she has to say outloud is “Alexa, turn on Zoom Lighting” and the lighting in her office adjusts to provide the best lighting for her video meeting. Plus, she also uses the USB charging port to power her smartphone throughout the day.
door/window sensor can easily be mounted between or within the frame of the door/window without being seen. The sensor is water resistant, can withstand extreme temperatures, be used indoors or outdoors, and has a battery life of 10 years. It can also communicate with other Z-Wave devices up to 131 feet. I have one installed at my front door so that once the door is opened, my Z-Wave friendly lights automatically turn on providing a sense of security and allowing me to enter my home without having to turn on the lights manually. Most of the time my hands are busy holding groceries or other things so it’s really nice not having to enter my home in the dark.
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