Smart Home Protocols Make Your Smart Devices Fast, Compatible, And Secure.
The smart home works on protocols and technologies via hubs. Zigbee and Z-Wave present different benefits. Protocols are just like a language for the smart home devices. They are usually secure, compatible, and fast.
There are many types of protocols, like Z-Wave, Insteon, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Z-Wave works on a 908.42MHz frequency, uses mesh networking technology and is very popular as it offers an interference-free solution.
Huawei, Silicon Labs, and Samsung SmartThings all use Z-Wave. Zigbee is a wireless-only protocol that uses mesh networking technology, works on an 802.15.4 radio frequency, and acts as a central controller. The only drawback to this is the fact that it doesn’t support interoperability. Samsung’s SmartThings, First Alert, and Schlange use this protocol. Insteon is another option.
Every Insteon device on a network simultaneously broadcasts an identical message which improves signal strength and eliminates dead zones.
While it is not widespread yet, its simplicity is attractive. X10 is pretty old but can be found in some places even today. UPB or the Universal Powerline Bus is a wired-only protocol and very secure. Bluetooth and Thread are other protocol options in the market. If you would rather use a third-party hub than buy a ZigBee, Z-Wave, or Insteon Hub, you can go for Wink, Samsung SmartThings, and WeMo.
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