June 24, 2016
Zooz is a relatively new name in the home automation industry, but their competitive prices and good-quality products have given them a fast following. Along with their Indoor Siren and 4-in-1 Sensor, the ZSE02 Motion Sensor is just one of their answers to smart home security. As far as specs go, the ZSE02 has a detection radius of up to 23 feet in all directions. I think this a suitable range for most homes, especially considering the motion sensor in Aeotec’s MultiSensor 6 can only claim 16 feet (the trade off is that the 6-in-1 is smaller and senses more things — this is a good lesson in custom home automation: go with the products that best suit your goals, priorities, and lifestyle). It also has a wireless range of 100 feet, line of sight, so it should have no problem communicating with your other Z-Wave devices — a super important aspect of home security. Below I’ve gone into some depth about the practical ins-and-outs of the ZSE02, what I liked most and what qualities could stand some improvement. Hopefully this will make the motion sensor marketplace easier to navigate!
Lock-unlock — The most interesting feature of this sensor is that you can disable it manually by unlocking the Z-Wave button. This enables the tamper switch so if an intruder (or a kid) is trying to remove the sensor, it sends an alert. When the Z-Wave button is unlocked, the sensor will no longer report motion. So if you have a scene set up when the sensor triggers your lights and you want to disable it for a movie night, there is no need for additional automation scripts. You can simply unlock the button manually to temporarily disable motion sensing. Z-Wave Plus — I couldn’t find a simpler motion Z-Wave Plus solution. With all the boosted wireless range and communication speed of the 500 chip, it’s a straightforward device that will detect motion up to 23 feet away and will automatically re-trigger after 30 seconds. You don’t have to adjust sensitivity or trigger interval – it’s already set to fit the most common security and automation scenario. Reliability in simplicity — Sure, there are more complex devices, like multisensors, but they’re more difficult to integrate into Z-Wave systems and more expensive. Speaking of value, check out this exclusive deal for 2-pack of motion sensors which has the product at just $30.95 a piece.Battery life — Unlike multisensors, if a sensor reports one type of activity it will save on battery life. And if you want to drop batteries altogether, you can use this sensor with the provided micro USB connection and not worry about changing batteries at all.Easy mounting process — It takes just 2 screws to install the bracket. Simply slide the sensor onto the bracket and you’re done. You can then position the device anyway you’d like.Stylish design — No more boring looks from standard security motion sensors. This is a cool-looking gadget that embodies the modern smart home.
No Encryption — Could stand to have AES signal encryption as an extra layer of security.
Size — At 3 x 2 inches, this sensor could be smaller and more discreet (motion detection could potentially get affected by this change though).No LED Control — Would be nice to be able to control LED notifications (but that’s one of those features too often overlooked by Z-Wave manufacturers) — the green light will always stay on when the sensor is connected to the USB and I can imagine this will bother some.
Indoor use only — I'm waiting for an outdoor motion sensor that will last, just as much as you are!
For most of us, it's usually a choice between the Ecolink motion sensor or any of the multisensors out there when it comes to Z-Wave motion detection. I like the Zooz sensor because it's simple and reliable. It doesn't feel cheap but it's the most affordable Z-Wave Plus option for remote motion monitoring I could find.
Do you have any experience with this product? Please share below!
July 08, 2016
Hi SRYS, thanks for the feedback!
The temperature range for this sensor is pretty standard for battery-powered Z-Wave devices: 14°F to 122°F so you should be fine as long as the sensor is not exposed to direct sunlight (keep it in a shaded area, away from windows). If you’re looking for more technical info next time, we recommend to scroll down to SPECIFICATIONS on the product description page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, get in touch with The Smartest House and they’ll add it!
July 01, 2016
This is a nice looking sensor. I decided to replace my wink with a more reliable hub, such as SmartThings, and was looking for some cost effective options. I saw this sensor had decent reviews on Amazon and after doing some more research I found this article. However, I can’t see any info whether it will work properly if exposed to hot temps. I was planning on placing it in my loft and it can get pretty hot up there, especially in the summer. Any feedback on that would be much appreciated!
November 05, 2018
Winterizing your home used to mean lots of physical labor - caulking windows, installing heavier drapes, maybe even changing out older windows and doors that were too efficient at releasing insulated air. Winter prep can still mean all of the above, but new Z-Wave technology has made certain aspects of winterization easier while adding another level of protection as those temperatures drop.
Here’s what we’re using to stay cozy and make sure our energy bills don’t make us freeze in our tracks:
This is one of our winter must-haves. It’s the first Z-Wave line voltage thermostat in North America (but be careful, it won’t work with forced air systems!). Use it to control electric baseboards and convector heaters all from your Z-Wave hub’s app interface. Reduce your energy consumption by 30% with custom heating schedules, or just switch to the thermostat’s built-in Economy mode to keep things efficient.
December 08, 2017
Choosing the ultimate smart home system for your needs and lifestyle can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. Each hub comes with its own advantages and limitations; a certain feature might be a godsend for someone else but a deal breaker for you. That’s why we’ve listed our top 3 Z-Wave hub recommendations below, including what we love about these hubs but also some things to consider when choosing the right one for you. And good news! They all support Alexa, so you can count on a voice-activated smart home this holiday season.
June 08, 2017
You often ask us for recommendations: what are the best, most reliable Z-Wave motion sensors out there? The choice seems endless with new devices coming out every day. While we have our favorites, choosing the right sensor for YOU will depend on YOUR needs, lifestyle, and ideas on how to apply the product to your Z-Wave network and collection of devices. So we thought we should ask one of you to test and compare our best-selling smart home security sensors. We wanted feedback from someone who has tested and programmed lots of Z-Wave devices but most importantly, from someone who has used them in real-life scenarios at home. The comments detailed below and the invaluable side-by-side comparison chart are by Kevin LaFramboise, an expert SmartThings user and the creator of some of the most advanced and stable custom device handlers for the popular platform.