Browsing: Home Automation Protocols

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ZigBee

As we move toward a more connected, ‘smarter’ world through wireless network technology, the challenge is to achieve the standardisation of this technology. The unification is necessary to improve a pure user experience regarding the product choice, set-up, and operation, including the interoperation of products from different manufacturers.… Read More
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Z-Wave

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 as a signal repeater and verify that the commands were sent successfully.… Read More
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Insteon

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.… Read More
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Universal Powerline Bus

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.… Read More
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X10

As the oldest protocol on the market X10 has build up quite some reputation over the last 30 years. Communication Powerline/Wireless X10 was originally designed for powerline communication only but through time the need for wireless communication emerged. Benefits of the X10 Protocol Cheap Available almost everywhere (RadioShack) Big community and existing inspirations due to its age Disadvantages of the X10 Protocol Slow Unreliable (newer Powerlines have become very noisy causing the loss of commands) No Encryption Difficult to install for non-techies compared  to newer technology (e.g.… Read More