What is ZigBee?

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Learn more about the ZigBee communication protocol in this article.

As soon as you immerse yourself in the smart home world, you quickly come upon terms such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. We all know about these last two, but what are all the other protocols that control our devices? We'll gladly explain this to you! Let's first take a closer look at ZigBee. 

The protocol

ZigBee is a communication protocol which, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, ensures that your smart devices are in contact with each other. ZigBee is known as a 'mesh' network. This means that each device is connected to at least two other sensors. This has some clever advantages over the more familiar protocols. 

ZigBee devices, for example, consume very little energy, so they last a very long time on battery power. Some sensors even last for years without ever having to change the battery. Another advantage is the transmission of a wireless signal.

ZigBee devices are not only in contact with a central point, such as your router or hub, but also with each other. The sensors transmit signals to each other, extending the range and allowing devices to take over each other's functions. Should a device fail, the system is still able to communicate with each other. Smart!

ZigBee lighting

Some examples of well-known devices that use ZigBee are smart lights from Philips Hue and Trust. It' s perfect for devices that are often turned on continuously and require low power consumption. ZigBee is smart, safe and sustainable. A great solution for every smart home!

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