Noticed that a native driver for the Z-wave Plus version of the Ecolink Firefighter exists for Hubitat but that a zigbee driver has also been ported over from ST. Some have reported success with the zigbee version using this driver but others have reported that their zigbee Firefighter does not report. IIRC, I understand that the failure of the zigbee version may have something to do with an older firmware version compared to more recently shipped versions but I don’t think that has been conclusively determined (always tough to tell when some state it works and others are not able to get it to report).
I will probably go with the Z-wave Plus version given it is natively supported. However, comparing the two (both are currently available on Amazon at about the same price) got me wondering (since my current wireless devices are zigbee), how do the Z-wave Plus versions compare to the Zigbee version with regards to:
- Battery life
- Automatic connectivity following a loss of power to the HE hub or an intentional hub reboot.
- Range (given if I go with the Z-wave version, it will be the first and only z-wave device I own, although it would be placed relatively close to my hub as I have a smoke/CO detector nearby the hub)
- Reporting speed
In other words, if a driver can be developed for the Zigbee version, is there any advantage of going Z-wave vs Zigbee, or do you prefer Zigbee in general.
The battery life and reliability with HE is probably my most important priorities (comparing Z-wave v. Zigbee), however, are there any other factors I am missing that might impact which version I should go with?
As always, thank to all in advance for any input.