Zigbee and Z-Wave are the two major protocols running for the spot of best wireless communication protocol for the smart home. Yet, does Zigbee manage to comply with all 2019 industry standards? Let’s discuss! It’s obvious that here at BuildYourSmartHome.co we are quite the Z-Wave enthusiasts. However, if we are completely frank, our team doesn’t […]
ZigBee is a home automation protocol which was originally invented for the use in Personal Area Networks (PAN). Like Z-Wave it uses low power radio frequency communication which results in long battery lives for ZigBee using devices. The protocal is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and is widely considered as an alternative to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
A Motion Sensor Light Switch is often also referred to as “Occupancy Light Switch” as well as “Vacancy Light Switch”. But there is a difference between the two. An Occupancy Light Switch automatically turns on the lights as soon as motion is detected in the sensor range and automatically turns the lights off when the motion is no longer detected in the range.
As you may have heard at Google’s recent keynote, there are new Google Home devices about to hit the shelves, in the form of Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. Along with the original Home, these new additions complete the trio of sizes we were expecting to debut at some point, but which one is right for you?
Anyone who has been keeping an eye on IOT communication standards, listen up. Bluetooth is about the throw a considerable-sized hat into the ring. Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that Bluetooth has already entered the arena years ago, and in fact was one of the original standards that have been used by many smart device manufacturers
It has been a good few years now since the first smart home cameras started to infiltrate our lives, and while we have seen improvements in the resolution of these cameras and the odd bit of software tweaking, not much has changed to make them any more useful than they were when they were first introduced.
The WWDC of June 2017 was a blast for all Apple fans, but home automation enthusiasts were most interested in the HomePod. Is the manufacturer about to become the center of your wireless home ecosystem? Let’s check out the smart home Apple envisions to be the Future.
Smart home technology is all around us, but what’s the security of Z-Wave, the wireless communications protocol that drives the inter-connectivity of your devices? The world around us is changing by the second. Innovation in wireless connectivity and the protocols that allow devices to talk to each other is what makes smart homes a reality. Home automation […]
One of the biggest issues with IOT and the range of smart home devices is security and the risk of malware. With huge worldwide infections that have effected everything from child monitors to doorbells. As the world of IOT starts to find it’s feet, security is going to be paramount to placating people’s worries and taking the industry from the peripheries, and into the mainstream
Rumors circulating online recently that Ikea was to bring its own smart lighting system to market worldwide has proven to be true, with the upcoming release of the Trådfri smart kit. The name itself translates to “wire-free”, and consists of a central hub, two dimmer switches, a controller, and two white-spectrum bulbs.
Forever losing your phone? Worried that the dog keeps jumping the fence into the neighbor’s garden? Wondering where exactly your teenage daughter and her friends are driving to this weekend? If you find yourself asking these questions to yourself regularly, it may be time to invest in some trackers.
Currently, the IOT devices that garner the most headlines tend to be pretty obvious. Light switches, thermostats, and video doorbells have all hit the headlines in recent months, as consumers become more accustomed to seeing connected devices around the home.
In the eyes of tech companies, the consumer living space has become the latest battleground for your hard earned cash, and one that could become very lucrative if they pull it off correctly. Here, we take a look at four exciting products; some brand new, some updated, that will be gracing our homes before […]
Have you ever wondered who’s the first to come up with the idea of a smart home? What about the first home automation devices? Here are 15 amazing facts about the history of the smart home, to answer your questions.
Based on recent research, 30 million households are expected to switch to smart homes in the United Stated by next year. Family safety becomes the top motivator for adopting smart home technology (63%) followed by convenience (53%).
Crestron made the Top Ten Review Award list for being a company whose high standards for running an automation system capable of supporting one of the largest networks operating today. Their system package also comes complete with their own professional installers that take care of every detail for you. Their professional installers ensure that every customer has complete device compatibility and that you the customer understands every function and ability that comes with the package you purchase.
In 2003, Will West, Mark Morgan, and Eric Smith started Control4 with the goal of creating an effective platform for a convenient home through advanced technology. Their products were first debuted at the CEDIA tech show in 2004, and their initial production line was available later that year.
Founded in 1998, the software development company Embedded Automation designed and developed a number of breakthrough technologies intended to help create a completely digital home. The firm operated as a division of the mHome product group of companies. It marketed its innovative line of products through an mHome Authorized Dealer Network in the United States for several years. In 2008, the company released a Digital Home Portal, a thin, wall-mounted touchscreen unified control panel designed as a console for interfacing various processes controlled within a digital home. The firm promoted its technologies and the mControl3 Home Automation System at the March, 2008 Electronic House Expo in Orlando, Florida.