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Q: What's the difference between Z-Wave and Wi-Fi, and what's Zigbee?

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2018 02:28AM PDT

Q: What is the difference between Z-Wave and Wi-Fi, and Zigbee?



A: Z-Wave and Wi-Fi are different communication protocols. The three main communication systems, which are available on all Vera Controllers, are Z-Wave, Zigbee , and VeraLink. Most security sensors such as motion detectors and door/window sensors use either Z-Wave, Zigbee or VeraLink because they require very little power, running on a small battery for more than a year. 

Most cameras use Wi-Fi/LAN IP connections because they provide the bandwidth (number of bits per second) needed to send video signals. Depending on your Vera controller model and optional accessories (often called "bridges"), you can also control devices using Zigbee (another low-power mesh network technology).

A great and low-cost alternative to the existing wireless protocols is VeraLink . It is designed to work with Nortek's 2GIG Radio Frequency devices. It has a frequency of 345/433 MHz.

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