Smart Home Glossary

We break down difficult smart home topics in plain English.

Why Do Smart Home Devices Use 2.4GHz Wi-Fi?

When configuring smart home devices, you most likely need a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. While this might seem like a limitation, there are solid reasons behind this choice. In this post, we delve deeper into why smart home devices predominantly use the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi frequency band and the benefits it brings to your smart home setup. ... Read more

What is Mesh Networking?

For decades, the idea of a home Wi-Fi network was a single router placed in a central location in the home. While easy to set up and for years enough to keep homes and devices inside, it isn’t without its serious issues. That’s why mesh networking has become such a popular option. It eliminates the ... Read more

What is Zigbee?

A range of wireless standards have been developed to facilitate communication between smart home devices. However, adding Wi-Fi to a device also increases power consumption, so some manufacturers have opted to use Zigbee and Z-Wave instead. While both have their unique characteristics, we’ll focus here on what is Zigbee and why it’s a great alternative ... Read more

What is Geofencing?

While most smart home users are content with being able to control their lights and devices with an app, that’s actually just a fraction of what your connected home can do. Did you know that you can also trigger your devices based on where you are? This is known as geofencing. But how does this ... Read more

What is a Smart Hub and is it Necessary?

Smart hubs have been around as long as smart home technology itself, acting as the gateway between your smart home devices and the internet. However, these days the smart hub isn’t as important with most manufacturers offering dedicated apps. We wanted to explain what smart home is, why you might want one, and whether you ... Read more