Z-Wave vs. Wi-Fi vs Bluetooth: A Breakdown
One of the easiest ways of explain the benefits of a technology is to compare it with something people already understand. That’s why you we bring you our analysis on Z-Wave, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. It is true that all three technologies have a lot in common. They’re all wireless, and each has its unique role to play in the future development of the smart home. But that’s where the similarities end.
Z-Wave relies on wireless technology to send information through the air in and around your home, from one point to another. It relies on advanced security to make sure that those bits and bytes aren’t intercepted by bad actors. It ties together a larger network of devices, so that each can communicate with the other.
Better than Wi-Fi
While your Wi-Fi network sends and receives large chunks of data around your home—giant email attachments, streaming audio and video, and all of the two-way data sent and received by multiplayer video games—Z-Wave doesn’t have to carry quite so heavy a load. The information sent back and forth over a Z-Wave network consists mostly of tiny commands, like “turn on this light” or “adjust thermostat to 21°,” along with small status updates, such as “this light is current at 45% brightness” or “this door is locked.”
Does this make Z-Wave sound similar to Bluetooth? Well, not quite. It is true that Z-Wave and Bluetooth share a good bit in common. Simpler pairing than Wi-Fi, for example. Z-Wave and Bluetooth also require less power and have lower bandwidth.
Better than Bluetooth
Unlike Z-Wave, most Bluetooth devices don’t yet support mesh networking. And also the number of Bluetooth devices are already on a declining trend. Z-Wave, meanwhile, is capable of supporting dozens of connected devices. Hundreds, in fact, as Z-Wave is inside the most robust controllers available in the marketplace today.
It’s for these reasons, and many others, that Z-Wave remains the best wireless technology for reliable, far-reaching, energy efficient smart home control. But committing to one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re locked out of other wireless options. Our Z-Wave hubs, like Hogar Controls, include built-in support for Z-Wave, and will include ZigBee in the very near future (although the full potential of the latter may not be unlocked just yet). The point remains that different technologies have different purposes – But Z-Wave enabled devices are the best for Smart Home and as usual, Z-Wave India provides you with more than 600 products and 23 brands to choose from.
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