Raspberry Pi? Zigbee Or Z-Wave? Getting Your Smart Home Started May Be The Hardest Part. But It Doesn’t Have To Be.
If you are looking to learn the basics before you jump into getting a smart home, you are in the right place.
Zigbee and Z-Wave are low energy, mesh networks that allow devices to communicate with each other without using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. However, both Z-Wave and Zigbee protocols require you to plug a physical hub into your router in order to send and receive signals between devices.
There are plenty of such devices from popular brands. Devices like August’s smart locks or Philips Hue and Lutron lights have their own bridges which help you remotely access from anywhere.
Smart speakers and voice assistant work as the connecting bridge between your smart home and you. Choose the smart speaker carefully. Most of them are reasonably priced. Rasberry Pi is a great option if you want to indulge in some DIY.
IFTTT (If This, Then That) is an automation service that lets the web-based platforms and smart devices communicate with each other. This means all the devices will be able to work together seamlessly and in harmony. Try out stuff that catches your eye. If you don’t like it, you can always remove it.
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