Z-Wave Remote Control: What Options Are Out There?

Z-Wave Remote Control: What Options Are Out There?

The whole point of having a home automation system is that you can do things remotely, and one of the best ways to do that is with a Z-Wave remote control. No, we don’t mean a home controller, which is a central hub for your whole home automation system. Instead, we’re talking about a remote control like the ones for a television that can control Z-Wave devices.

You can even use them to control a whole scene to start a party or get a room set up in seconds. Let’s take a look at a couple Z-Wave remote controls and explore what they can do for you in your smart home.

Wait, What Are “Scenes”?

If you’re new to home automation, you may be confused about this word “scene.”

What this basically means is that several devices are set up together to activate based on an event (ie. a remote, movement, etc). You can program scenes in your smart home hub application or directly on the remote.

With a Z-Wave remote, this means you could press one button and turn on the lights, the ceiling fan, and the radio plugged into a Z-Wave outlet in your bedroom, all without getting out of bed.

Z-Wave Remote Control Reviews

It can be harder than you may think to find a reliable, easy to use remote control that’s programmable to various Z-Wave devices or scenes and not proprietary to one particular operating system like Nexia or Wink.

Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of the best ones out there to make finding a remote for your home super easy! Let’s take a look.

Here the best Z-Wave remotes that can control devices and/or scenes with the touch of a button:

Aeon Labs DSA03202 v1

Z-Wave Minimote

The Z-Wave Minimote V1 by Aeon Labs was one of the first controllers made not for a hub but for individual devices.

With its four numbered buttons, this Z-Wave remote control can be connected to four different devices or scenes. A short press of a button turns the Z-Wave device off or on, and long presses work with dimmer switches. For example, a long press of a button will decrease the brightness, while a second long press will increase it.

You can also easily add or remove devices from the remote itself, as well as control multiple devices with one button, known as a “scene.” The remote charges with a USB cable, so you don't need to worry about replacing batteries.

In addition to all of this, this is V1, so it's very affordable!​

Features

  • Very cheap
  • Easy to use
  • Control up to 4 devices or scenes
  • Easily add and remove devices right from your remote

Aeotec DSA03202W V2

Z-Wave Minimote

This  Aeotec Z-Wave Remote is the second generation remote by Aeon Labs, and so it has some upgrades over the first remote, including longer battery life and a sleeker look.

The buttons don't have numbers, and there is a sliding cover that reveals more buttons that allow you to quickly add devices.

Aeon Labs has also made it easier to add your remote to your home automation network, as well as program the remote through your home automation app. This means that you can add devices using the remote itself, but also through your home automation software.

Features

  • Easy to use
  • Control up to 4 devices or scenes
  • Easily add and remove devices right from your remote
  • Sleek design
  • Multiple color options

For new smart home owners, this newer version is real nice!

Aeotec Z-Wave Key Fob

Gen5

There is also an Aeotec remote made specifically as a keychain! This is a truly mini Z-Wave remote that has four buttons just like the larger remote.

You can control up to eight scenes with this tiny powerhouse of a remote, as well. This keychain remote is great for an arrival or away scene or for outdoor security features.

While this remote doesn't have the best reviews, however, once you do get it set up it can be a great addition to your smart home!

Features

  • Easy to use
  • Control up to 8 devices or scenes
  • Convenient small size

Scenes For Z-Wave Remotes

If you’re not sure about how you would use a remote in your home, let's explore the possibilities of scenes. A scene is basically a set of events that happen with different Z-Wave devices such as turning on or off more than one device with the press of one button. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities for scenes you could control with a Z-Wave remote.

  • Lighting Control
    Connect all the lights in one room in a scene so that you can turn them all on or off with the touch of a button. You can control lights plugged into Z-wave outlets, smart light bulbs, and Z-Wave light fixtures.

    The best thing about setting a scene for lights is that you can control all these types of smart devices with one button instead of having to go to your smart home app and select each type of light.

  • Everything Off
    Turn off every device in one room with a scene. If you add everything in a room such as outlets, lights, and fans to one scene, you can hit a button to shut it all down when you leave or wake everything up when you come back.

    Put your remote somewhere near the door to this room so you can hit the button when you leave or as soon as you enter.

  • Night Mode
    Create a bedtime or nighttime scene that sets all the lights to low power and a speaker to half volume so that you have a soothing atmosphere. If you keep the remote near your bed, you can do all this without getting up.

  • Midnight Snack
    Speaking of turning on devices without leaving bed, you can set a “midnight snack” scene as well. Certain lights come on at low power, just enough to see, so that you can get to the bathroom or kitchen and back to bed without waking up everybody in the house.

  • Outside Control
    Connect all the devices on your patio to a scene so that you can turn everything on from your remote before you even go outside. This could be a fountain plugged into a Z-Wave outlet, outdoor speakers, and outdoor lights. You could also set a scene for nighttime that turns the lights and fountain off but turns the motion sensors and security cameras on to monitor your backyard when you’re asleep.

  • Home Mode
    Using a keychain remote, you can set a “Honey, I’m home” scene. This would turn on lights in a path from where you park to your door, such as outdoor path lights, the porch light, and the lights in the front room.

    If you have a Z-Wave garage door opener, you can connect that to your keychain remote and open your garage door from your car as well as turn on the outdoor and indoor lights. Most Z-Wave locks are a little difficult to pair with remotes, so you may have to use the keypad on those, but you can get everything else ready for when you get home with the press of a button on your keychain remote.

Conclusion

There are so many different Z-wave devices that you could add to your smart home, but one I think everyone should have is a Z-Wave remote. These remotes can control and run virtually any of your devices quickly and easily! Not only that, but it's a great device to use to add and remove devices from your hub. If you don't have one, you should get one!

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