Black Cat Z-Wave Vera Controller

Vera Home Automation
Vera Status Update 6/1/2021

Reports indicate that Vera will soon be End of Life and replaced by EZLO controllers.
Vera Models may no longer be supported once EZLO controlers are brought into production - no date has been given for release, however EZLO is in Alpha Testing.

Vera Lite & Vera 3 is now not supported.

It appears that there is no upgrade path for Vera Users that would like to use EZLO not withstanding the major impediment which is that EZLO is not available in Australia.

The following Q&A was asked of the owner of EZLO (Vera Community Forum)

Introduction To Z-Wave Plus™

Z-Wave Plus™ is a new step within the Z-Wave certification process, designed to help consumers identify products that take advantage of the recently introduced 'GEN5' Z-Wave hardware platform, also known as 500 Series or 5th Generation Z-Wave. Z-Wave Plus certified solutions feature a selected set of extended features and capabilities that enhance the end user experience and make Z-Wave installations even faster and easier to install and set up.

Z-Wave has led the market in interoperable smart devices for the home since the first Z-Wave product was certified in 2004. With the introduction of the GEN5, Z-Wave 500 series hardware platforms, Z-Wave saw its ecosystem bolstered with new capabilities – including increased range, extended battery life, Over-The-Air upgrading (OTA), additional RF channels and more.

Products with Z-Wave Plus™ are fully backwards compatible with existing Z-Wave products!

For consumers, homeowners, integrators and service providers, these enhancements offer tremendous benefits in terms of faster and easier installations, more extensive device profiles, improved self-healing and longer battery life. With the new Z-Wave Plus certification program, the Z-Wave Alliance is introducing a series of packaging logos that will be located on every Z-Wave Plus™ certified product, informing the consumer this product incorporates the enhanced capabilities of the Z-Wave 500 series.

  • 50% improvement in battery life
  • 67% improvement in range
  • 250% more bandwidth
  • Three F channels for improved noise immunity and higher bandwidth
  • New Plug-and-Play network-wide inclusion functions
  • Improved self-healing and fault tolerance with Explorer Frame feature 
  • Standardized method for Over-The-Air firmware updates (OTA)
  • Improved product information capture for product certification database

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