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Hilo home: 4 advantages of Zigbee over Wi-Fi

For the various connected products in a smart home to communicate with each other, they need a network. While numerous providers use the Wi-Fi network, Hilo uses the Zigbee communication protocol. Here’s why.

1. Greater reach

Because of its mesh-type network, the Zigbee protocol offers greater reach and more stable coverage than Wi-Fi. In a mesh-type network each device is connected to another without a hierarchy. This lack of hierarchy is what extends the range of your connected devices. That means you don’t need to add repeaters like in a Wi-Fi network. Plus, for residential usage, the number of connected devices can be unlimited.

2. Energy savings

Zigbee uses much less energy than Wi-Fi. The battery life of your devices (like the Netatmo smart weather station) will therefore be much longer on Zigbee than on Wi-Fi. Result: Zigbee saves you energy and money and helps the environment by making it possible to use smaller batteries that last longer.

A logical option for a smart home, whose aim is to lower energy use!

3. Stronger security

Zigbee offers greater data security, both in the initial pairing of devices and during their use. In addition the Hilo hub is cable-connected to the modem to maximize safety.

4. Easier configuration

Zigbee offers network configuration and device pairing that are simpler and faster than on Wi-Fi. By using the Zigbee communication protocol, Hilo can easily connect to Hydro-Québec’s Zigbee smart meter, enabling you to access your consumption data in real time.

In sum, when it comes to home automation, the Zigbee protocol is more efficient, secure, simple and economical than Wi-Fi. Why pass it up?

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