Zigbee is a protocol that has gained a foothold in the smart home market with products like the Amazon Echo, relying on it to function at all. As with any wireless system, there is a maximum range in which the signal will be able to travel. Anything further away will not be connected to the network and hence not be controlled. How do you extend the range? Maybe use a Zigbee range extender? Do those even exist? Let's find out how regular devices can be used to extend Zigbee's range!
Smart homes are great for a multitude of reasons, they let you lower how much work you need to do around the house, they can help remind you of things, and they give you peace of mind while you are away. Despite the utility provided, many either don't have a smart home or aren't getting the most out of it. Here we are going to go over 7 smart home essentials for living in your home so that you get a better idea of what smart homes can do for you.
A smart home is really just the common term for a house that has a multitude of network-connected devices. They can talk to each other and automatically react to certain situations as you program them. As great as this technology is, there are certainly some problems that come along with the benefits. The biggest problem tends to be security, as the more connected a home is the more dangerous it is if an unauthorized entity gains access.
Smart homes often include little quality of life improvements such as automatically turning off the lights after everyone has left a room or reminding you of certain things. A challenge regularly faced by homeowners is the method of detection for determining that a certain situation has occurred. Sensors provide good feedback but are often hard to get in the right place or are simply too difficult to install in a certain location. Enter NFC, a technology that can embed an action into a sticker that can be placed anywhere!
WiFi thermostats seem to have taken over the smart climate control market completely, with every listing for "smart thermostat" involving a WiFi connection. There's a good reason for that: they have a lower barrier to entry as they use the existing wireless connection most people already have installed. Since WiFi is typically used primarily to provide a connection to the internet to connected devices, it's logical that they would need the internet to function. In reality, it's actually a bit more complicated than that - some do, and some don't.