Do you have smart devices at home? Well just like you, they communicate. And chances are they’re speaking Zigbee, a widely used wireless communication protocol.
Smart devices must use a wireless communication protocol to receive the commands we send them when using an app or management platform. They also communicate to send information to the gateway and to your app, such as when they transmit information about electricity usage to generate consumption reports like those found in Neviweb, the management platform designed by Sinopé Technologies.
There are other smart home communication protocols.
Wi-Fi is interesting because it doesn’t require a gateway since the communication goes directly through the router. On the other hand, the communication range can be limited and problematic in a large house or if you want to install smart devices in the backyard (to control outdoor lighting or the pool, for example). Each device must be within the router’s range. Otherwise, a repeater must be installed. Moreover, connecting a large number of smart products to the domestic network is generally not recommended for performance and stability.
The Z-Wave protocol has similar benefits to Zigbee, although it uses a different frequency band. However, the penetration rate of this communication protocol is lower, whether in the commercial or industrial market, as opposed to the Zigbee protocol that has a strong presence in both segments.
Recommended by leading figures in the smart home industry like Amazon, SmartThings, Huawei and Signify, the Zigbee communication protocol has a substantial capital of sympathy and an aura of success predicting the best for the Zigbee Alliance.