We all know that our smart devices need what we understand to be a good protocol in order to work harmoniously. Should you do some research on this you will be quick to come across 2 names, Z-Wave and ZigBee.
Z-Wave and ZigBee are wireless standards used by smart devices to communicate with each other.
Both are very good, however, there are a few significant differences between them, which we will now introduce.
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of Zigbee and Z-Wave
1) Zigbee can support a higher number of devices than Z-Wave.
Zigbee can support 65,000+ devices, or nodes on the mesh network, while Z-Wave caps out at 232 devices- which is still more than enough for most households.
2) If your travel – Zigbee is the protocol for you.
Regardless to which country you move ZigBee devices, they will not have connectivity problems because it uses a standard 2.4GHz. frequency
While Z-wave uses different frequencies in different continents. This means that if you move, you’ll have to buy new devices. Because you cannot simply move Z-Wave network to a different country.
3) Zigbee is more energy efficient
When it comes to energy consumption, both networks have very low power consumption, and this is one of the main reasons why they are so popular. However, ZigBee is more advanced when it comes to energy efficiency. If you know you’ll use a lot of sensors, locks and other devices that require power from the battery, then the ZigBee is your choice.
4) Z-wave’s has better range (Z-Wave’s Mesh Network Has a Longer Range)
• Z-wave has a greater range, precisely 100 meters (323feet) while ZigBee has a range of only 10-20 meters (32-65 feet). This means that with the Z-Wave you’ll have more peace when it comes to reliability
• Z-Wave Has Fewer Congestion Problems
In the United States, Z-Wave works on a lesser-used radio frequency—908.42 MHz—whereas ZigBee runs at 2.4ghz and can compete with Wi-Fi. Congestion can quickly add up between the host of ZigBee devices you might need to maintain a reliable mesh network, your Wi-Fi, your neighbor’s Wi-Fi, and any other devices operating at the same frequency.
Z-Wave doesn’t face this same resource competition, so it potentially establishes stronger and more reliable connections, depending on your surroundings.
5) RELIABILITY- Z-wave is generally considered a lot more reliable than ZigBee.
No smart home device or communication protocol is considered useful if it’s not reliable. Whether you are trying to manage one smart switch, or broadband security system, you need a reliable signal.
Z-Wave has been labeled “extremely reliable” the reason being – its bandwidth.
Z-Wave operates in the 908 MHz frequency band. It does not have to deal with the often crowded 2.4 GHz band that ZigBee uses. Crowded frequencies can cause interference which will result in lost or unreliable signals.
You may also experience poor reliability if your devices are out of range. Since Z-Wave devices have more range than ZigBee, you can expect fewer reliability problems stemming from range issues.
As a result, Z-Wave tends to be more reliable than ZigBee. That’s not to say a properly designed ZigBee network isn’t perfectly reliable. But, it’s easier to run into trouble with ZigBee than Z-Wave
You’d probably you like to control all your devices with one hub and one application. Now, this is possible. With a device such as the X-Brain you will be able to control all smart devices with a single hub and a single mobile app .X-Brain contains both Zigbee and Z-wave protocol as well as Wi-Fi. This connection method allows the easiest way to control your entire home.
The X-Brain is a unique product that integrates a high-performance router, a home server, a Z-Wave smart hub and an Android TV operating system with a firewall and antivirus protecting the smart home from outside attacks, all built into a single smart device. The X-Brain gives users complete control over their smart home, while also providing built-in wireless service and providing support for network security monitoring, as well as on-demand streaming services, internet-enabled apps and more.
So, which should you choose?
Choosing to purchase an X Brain gives you’re the best of both worlds, because it contains all three protocols, and therefore opens a wide range of possibilities of the smart technology world. Besides controlling all 3 protocols with a single device, Xunison also programmed Cyber Security to add another level of protection for your smart home. With the help of Cyber Security features all of your devices and cameras on the network will be totally safe from hacking
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