Part of the attraction of the Z-Wave system is its ‘Mesh Network’ capability. Each wireless device can act like a little repeater, receiving packets not meant for it but passing them on, hence growing the effecting range of the originating device and helping the message get through.
However there can still be areas around your home where the signal is unreliable or maybe it doesn’t even get through at all. The Aeotec Range Extender from Aeon Labs aims to solve this problem by repeating and amplifying the signal…
Repeats wireless signals – Range Extender does what it says on the can – it receives Z-Wave communication, and repeats it on to other Z-Wave devices in your network increasing your network’s accuracy.
Amplifies wireless signals – Not only does Range Extender accurately redistribute Z-Wave signals, it amplifies them too and helps improve the reliability and accuracy of your Z-Wave network.
The little range extender is compatible with most Z-Wave devices like Fibaro, Vera, Zipato and according to Amazon reviews works reliably to extend the range of Samsung’s SmartThings hub too.
The Aeon Labs Aeotec Range Extender (DSD37-ZWUK) is available now for around £30.