When I first got into Zwave control, my brother who used to do home control of various devices indicated that Zwave control was better for battery operated devices (relative to Wifi control) due to being less draining; he used Vera as a bridge to such devices though the whole thing was controlled by a wifi controller of some sort. Since I have battery powered locks, motion detectors and flood sensors, this made sense for me. My lights are controlled by modules that are plugged into electrical outlets to which lamps are attached and they extend the network. So I am fairly satisfied with my set up, though I don’t like the instability of Vera. And I do have two different devices (a door bell camera (not Ring) and a thermostat) which I control remotely via Wifi and have not attempted to integrate into Vera control.
So my question is whether the battery issue is a good reason for using zwave control and are there other compelling reasons? A friend who will be summering in Rhode Island and then living in Missouri in the winter (he’s from Chicago, so he thinks Missouri is warm in the winter) has asked me to help him set up a system for monitoring his houses when he is away. I know that this will be like the blind leading the blind compared to most on this forum.