Go Control GC-TBZ48

Z-Wave Smart Thermostat

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(based upon one review)

The GC-TBZ48 is Z-Wave smart thermostat that can be used with a wide variety of Z-Wave controllers, including the 2GIG GC2 and GC3 Alarm System. It can be battery-powered to eliminate the use of a C-wire. This allows for easy installation for DIY users. Buy the GC-TBZ48 from Alarm Grid.
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Description

The GC-TBZ48 Z-Wave Smart Thermostat is a perfect home automation add-on for users who want to set up their HVAC system for smart home functionality. The device easily replaces an existing smart thermostat to wire-in with the HVAC system. This versatile module is perfect for any DIY user!

One of the best features of the GC-TBZ48 is the fact that is can operate without the use of C-wire, or common wire, for power. Instead, it can run using four AA batteries for reliable operation. This makes it easier to install for DIY users who may not want to deal with power wires for an HVAC system. However, the use of a C-wire is still possible.

If powered by C-wire (24VAC from HVAC equipment), the GC-TBZ48 will act as a Z-Wave repeater. When operating in battery mode (no common power wire), this thermostat will not act as a repeater. This is similar to the Honeywell T6 Pro Z-Wave Thermostat.

The GC-TBZ48 features a 7-character scrolling display that is useful for programming. It has a 2-year battery life. It works with standard and heat pump HVAC systems. Firmware updates are available through a USB port. The module can be wall-mounted or secured using a single-gang junction box. Mounting hardware is included.

Brand: 2GIG

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Reviews
Decent Z-Wave Thermostat
Submitted on 01/16/2020 Alarm Grid

The Go Control GC-TBZ48 is a smart Z-Wave thermostat. It is a relatively basic thermostat model, as it only has a 7-character scrolling display for programming, and it only uses classic Z-Wave, as opposed to Z-Wave Plus. The model can be run on battery power without the use of a C-wire, but doing so will make it impossible for the device to repeat other Z-Wave signals for strengthening the mesh network. But you can still use a C-wire if desired. Overall, this is a fine Z-Wave thermostat, but there are many newer and more advanced models available, including some that have much cleaner user interfaces. For that reason, we only give the Go Control GC-TBZ48 a 4 Star rating.

There are some key aspects we like about the Go Control GC-TBZ48. For one, the option to use the unit without a C-wire is a nice touch, even if it eliminates the device's function as a Z-Wave repeater. Being able to power the device using four (4) AA batteries can really be a nice alternative if connecting a C-wire is not feasible. We also like the fact that the unit is compatible with nearly any Z-Wave controller or hub. This makes the thermostat quite versatile and able to connect with a number of different systems.

There are some downsides to the Go Control GC-TBZ48. One downside is that using the device on battery power without a C-wire will eliminate the device's Z-Wave signal repeating capabilities. We are not fans of the device's 7-character scrolling for programming, as we feel there are much cleaner UI options available that are easier to understand. And we don't like the fact that this thermostat uses standard Z-Wave instead of Z-Wave Plus. Because of these limitations, we give this product only 4 Stars.

Good: Can Be Used w/o C-Wire, Battery Power Option, Works w/ Nearly Any Z-wave Controller

Bad: Battery Power Eliminates Function as Z-Wave Repeater, 7-Character Scrolling for Programming, Cleaner UI Options Exist, Standard Z-Wave

Bottom Line: 4 Stars

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