Smart home products rely on reliable connections and relationships between multiple devices and their varying protocols and standards.

Below we take a brief look at the the most common protocols; Zigbee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi.

Zigbee

ZigBee is the language of connected lighting in homes and businesses. It is in innovative products that provide new ways to use light, improve comfort and convenience, and save energy.

ZigBee allows consumers easy-to-use control over all their LED fixtures, light bulbs, remotes and switches. Products based on ZigBee let consumers change lighting remotely to reflect ambiance, task or season, all while managing energy use and making their homes greener.

For more information about Zigbee, please click here.

Z-Wave

The Z-Wave protocol is an interoperable, wireless, RF-based communications technology designed specifically for control, monitoring and status reading applications in residential and light commercial environments. Mature, proven and broadly deployed (with over 40 million products sold worldwide), Z-Wave is by far the world market leader in wireless control, bringing affordable, reliable and easy-to-use ‘smart’ products to many millions of people in every aspect of daily life.

For a more complete look at Z-Wave technology for non-technologists, and to learn more about Z-Wave’s role as a key enabling technology for the Internet of Things and connected objects, please click here.

Wi-fi

Today, Wi-Fi is in 25 percent of homes around the world, and about two billion Wi-Fi devices were sold in 2013. Wi-Fi adoption continues to grow with the common vision of connecting everyone and everything, everywhere.

Today about 600 Wi-Fi Alliance member companies from dozens of countries take part in the highly-effective organization, driving new technologies and applications and certifying thousands of Wi-Fi products each year.

The innovation and thought leadership of Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive new Wi-Fi applications and products that enrich the lives of users around the world.

Wi-Fi Alliance Vision: Connecting everyone and everything, everywhere: To read more please visit Wi-Fi