Zigbee and Z-Wave are definitely on the rise. That’s why Logitech has decided to incorporate this technology into their product portfolio. The Logitech Home Hub Extender will expand your existing Logitech Harmony Hub with the capability to talk to Z-Wave and Zigbee enabled devices.
For months there have been rumours around about new Vera hardware that should supersede the Vera3 and the VeraLite. Vera Control confirmed the new VeraEdge last week which will be the successor of the VeraLite. It should be just a matter of time until the Vera4 – or whatever it will be called – will be announced, as well.
You can easily turn your iPhone into a wireless light switch with the right technology. Please keep in mind that you will always need corresponding hardware to turn your iPhone into a home automation command & control center. Below we have listed the top convenient solutions to control your lighting in your house wirelessly.
Z-Wave was developed by a Danish startup called Zensys. It is a proprietary wireless communications protocol specifically designed for the needs of remote control applications and therefore all kinds of home automation devices. While using a low-power wireless technology it supports the communication via a mesh structure which means that several Z-Wave devices also act […]
KNX is an abbreviation for the word Konnex and describes a standardized protocol for building control and also has its place in traditional home automation. Its biggest advantage is the independence of any particular hardware platform which means that it could also be executed on an 8-bit microcontroller.
Your normal thermostat helps you to adjust the temperature in your home, letting you control the heating and the air conditiong. The difference between Smart Thermostats and regular thermostats is the fact that they can learn from your specific needs and behaviours.
Insteon tries to combine the best of both worlds which means it supports powerline communication as well as radio frequency communication. Considering it only as a protocol would be an understatement. It is rather a complete technology stack which also consists of separate protocols for the two different types of communication.
Universal Powerline Bus or short UPB is a communication protocol developed for the needs of home automation. As the name suggests it uses the existing powerlines of homes for sending data. It was developed in 1999 by PCS Powerline Systems and was inspired by the already ubiquitous X10 protocol.
As the oldest protocol on the market, X10 has built up quite some reputation over the last 30 years. X10 was originally designed for powerline communication only but through time the need for wireless communication emerged.