Homes are becoming smarter and there are more and more devices to choose from for home automation. Smart devices continue to develop in functionality and simplicity and let you design a house of convenience, efficiency, and security with gadgets that raise your home’s IQ. There are many communication protocols in home automation. In this guide, we will discuss the most widely used smart devices in our homes today – Z-Wave Plus, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

Z-Wave Plus Devices

So what is Z-Wave? Without getting too technical, Z-Wave uses low-energy radio waves to communicate to different devices at an 800-900 MHz radio frequency. That means you’ll experience virtually no interference issues or security issues when your smart devices are connected through Z-Wave. Paired Z-Wave devices create a secure mesh network that increases in range when multiple devices are connected, forming a strong bond of connectivity. We suggest using these Z-wave devices with Arc and design seamless scenes in your home.

Smart Lighting

Home Security

Energy Management

Smart Appliances

WiFi Devices

Almost every home in the US has a WiFi connection and with that WiFi signal, you can connect smart devices to Arc. Download the required apps from the Google Play Store on your Arc to configure and communicate with your WiFi devices in your home. Here’s a few just to get you started.

Smart Lighting

Home Security

Energy Management

Smart Appliances

Bluetooth Devices

Bluetooth is widely known for its use in transmitting a signal from your phone to a portable speaker. Today, Bluetooth has stepped into the smart home arena and has created Bluetooth mesh technology. Just like Z-Wave, you can now use Bluetooth smart devices with Arc that go beyond connecting your soundbar.

Smart Lighting

Home Security

Energy Management

Smart Appliances

There you have it, Matricom’s complete guide to the most popular smart accessories and how they communicate to make your home smart. First, you’re going to need a hub like Arc to make it happen. Arc’s built-in smart home hub can communicate with these three signals. Using an Arc smart hub with smart devices, you can power your lights remotely with your smartphone, lock doors, and turn devices on and off while tracking their energy usage and more.

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