QUICK GUIDE 3 minutes

Choose your preferred setup, Simple or Advanced Playbook, to upgrade to a Smart Home:

Simple Playbook

Your existing Wi-Fi Router

Wi-Fi enabled Smart Home Products
Currently 541

Stand-alone Smart Home Products
Such as Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
Currently 24

Advanced Playbook

Your existing Wi-Fi Router

Wi-Fi enabled Smart Home Products
Currently 541

Stand-alone Smart Home Products
Such as Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
Currently 24

Z-Wave, Zigbee, and
other frequency Routers
Currently 130

Z-Wave, Zigbee, and other frequency
enabled Smart Home Products
Currently 837

Compared with the Simple Playbook, the Advanced Playbook includes Z-Wave, Zigbee and other frequency routers, which are compatible with a large number of smart home products (837 to be exact) that are not compatible with Wi-Fi.



Good to know

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    Smart Home Routers are (unfortunately) also called ‘Gateways’, ‘Hubs’, 'Bridges' or 'Relays'.
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    The compatibility of new Smart Home Products with Smart Home Routers depends on whether the same radio frequency is shared and software updates provided by router manufacturers. You can compare it with required drivers to integrate new hardware (for example a webcam) with your Windows operating system.
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    To avoid disappointments, it is advisable to review Smart Home DB's 13,647 Compatibilities of both the Smart Home Routers as well as individual Smart Home Products before you proceed with any purchase.



Why the need for radio frequencies other than Wi-Fi,
such as Z-Wave and Zigbee?

Wi-Fi was originally designed to cover large areas and facilitate high-speed data communication (such as media streaming). Wi-Fi’s drawback by being able to facilitate high-speed data communication is that it is a power hungry radio frequency, which makes it a sub-optimal radio frequency for battery-operated devices, such as door locks, scales and sensors.

Radio frequencies such as Z-Wave and Zigbee were also designed to cover large areas, but, in contrast to Wi-Fi, highly power efficient, which makes them ‘perfect’ radio frequencies for battery-operated devices.

Below a simple table clarifying the key differences between Wi-Fi, Z-Wave and Zigbee:

Variable Wi-Fi Z-Wave Zigbee
High area coverage
Power efficient
High data bandwidth





That’s it!

Have fun upgrading to a smart home and don't forget to submit your improvement suggestions for Smart Home DB via our as we love to hear your feedback!

Thanks,

Chun
chun@smarthomedb.com

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STEP 1: Start by adding a compatible Wi-Fi Router product!
+ Amazon Echo
+ SONOS PLAY: 1 Compact Wireless Speaker
+ iRobot Roomba 880..
+ App: Lightify
+ App: Iris by Lowe's
+ App: SmartThings Mobile (Android)..
$7,846
+ Amazon Echo
+ SONOS PLAY: 1 Compact Wireless Speaker
+ iRobot Roomba 880..
+ App: Lightify
+ App: Iris by Lowe's
+ App: SmartThings Mobile (Android)..
$7,846
+ Amazon Echo
+ SONOS PLAY: 1 Compact Wireless Speaker
+ iRobot Roomba 880..
+ App: Lightify
+ App: Iris by Lowe's
+ App: SmartThings Mobile (Android)..
$7,846