How Zigbee Communicates With Your WiFi And Smartphone To Make Your Smart Home Work
Today, most customers understand about Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. However, when we talk about smart devices like switches, light bulbs, and sensors, another wireless system, Zigbee, is an option.
While it is true that some smart home devices use regular Wi-Fi (like LIFX smart light bulbs), many other devices rely on the Zigbee wireless standard to communicate with each other, and with your smartphone, via a hub connected to the Wi-Fi.
Zigbee is a similar wireless technology to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. While Wi-Fi has the ability to transfer large amounts of data at top speed, Zigbee transmits lesser amounts of data between sensors and switches. Zigbee can operate on 2.4 GHz, 90 MHz and 868 MHz frequencies. The average data transfer rate is 250 kilobits per second which is way less than any Wi-Fi connection. Zigbee devices can share the message with all the other products on the network – the process being called mesh networking.
Zigbee Alliance is a non-profit group which maintains the specifications for Zigbee products. Members of this group include Huawei, Comcast, Philips, Somfy, Samsung SmartThings, and Texas Instruments among the 400 total members. Products from different manufacturers will also be able to use Zigbee for communication between the devices.
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