Catching up with ... Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance
Confusing, yes, and this has already been addressed. The simple resolution for dealers is to make sure that any gateway/hub they use has the Z-Wave Plus logo designation on the unit (and the box). Z-Wave Plus certifications mandate implementation of more command classes, and all of the features that make the products easy to install and maintain. As time goes on, Z-Wave Plus will continue to increase the number of mandatory command classes to help further reduce issues of gateways/hubs not having support for the most command classes.
One more thing to be aware of: As you may expect, cheap imitation product imported from all corners of the world is available on the internet that has not been certified. DO NOT purchase any Z-Wave product unless it clearly shows the certification logo on the unit itself.
What do you foresee in 2016 for the Z-Wave standard?