I have 3 zwave Schlage Connect deadbolts which have been quite reliable. I have occasionally had some zwave issues with them, mostly in pairing them even though I have a large number of beaming repeaters close to them. The biggest annoyance seems to be how long they take to send their status to the hub as it causes issues when tracking open/close/lock and unlock events. The open/close is much faster than the lock/unlock.
I read a post on reddit that stated that since the locks are not zwave plus, they do not have “instant status” and I assume they must therefore be polled by the hub for the status to be updated. That lead me to check the Zwave Product Alliance and I found that Schalge had certified ZWAVE PLUS versions in late October!
I then looked at Schlage’s website and noticed they now also have a ZIGBEE version!
I am tempted to replace all 3 locks but I am wondering whether to go ZWAVE PLUS or ZIGBEE…
I am honestly tired of all the ZWAVE related issues I keep running into. Zigbee seems so much better however my Zigbee experience is mostly relegated to sensors and a few plug in outlets I use as repeaters. I believe the backbone to be robust (I built it out to fix my initial zigbee issues) but I also have 4 Wifi APs, Sonos (they have their own 2.4GHz network) and a couple Zigbee mesh networks so the 2.4GHz band is a bit crowded and interference is a real concern.
What do you all think? Which one is the best/safest approach and why do you think so?