Home Automation

How Smart Homes Work?

»Posted by on Nov 5, 2020 in Home Automation | 0 comments

When you are always at home, your mind always starts with thinking about little things that can start nagging at us. We think of the laundry that is needed to be cleaned, the dishes needed to be washed, the coffee maker that has not been turned off, and the security alarm that needs to be set up. Now that the coronavirus is still rummaging for more victims and cure is still in the process of creation and testing, a lot of people are forced to stay indoors and think about these overly annoying things.  

 

With home automation, commonly known as smart home, you can now quiet all the noises and troubles in your head. You can now control all of your appliances and utility with just one touch and a phone. Now, you can command any units in your house by remote control, voice, smartphone very conveniently and efficiently, including your home security, lighting, or home theater control.  

It was only recently that smart homes became common to common people. Before, it was only the wealthiest who can afford to make their homes smart by integrating high-end technologies that cost thousands of dollars. Luckily, now, it is becoming affordable and most homeowners can now achieve a smart home that is convenient and efficient.  

 

Smart Home Technology 

 

The history of home automation is long. It began with a company in Scotland developed X10 in 1975, which allows compatible units and products to communicate with each other over the electrical house wires. All of the house devices and appliance are receivers and they are controlled by means of keypads, remote controls, and transmitters.  

 

The following are the simple and basic steps that make communication from devices to devices possible: 

There is an alert to the system that is issuing the command; 

There is a unit number for the appliance or device that is supposed to receive the command; and 

Codes that have the actual command like “turn on” 

 

Z-Wave and ZigBee are two of the most prominent radio networks when it comes to smart home or automation, and they are also considered as mesh networks. And this means that it has two or more ways for the message to get to its destination.  

 

On the one hand, the Z-Wave determines the fastest route as it uses the Source Routing Algorithm. The Z-wave device is provided with codes that the network controller recognizes when a command is put. On the other hand, the Zig Bee provides mesh networking. The messages travel in a zigzag way like the bees; hence it is called Z-wave.  

 

It is also the Insteon that gives your house communication over electrical wires and radio waves.  

 

When it comes to home automation, the technology still progressing. Before, smart technology is uncommon and costly. Now, thanks to the engineering scientists and companies that make technology for home automation can now be achieved. 

 

There are a lot of benefits a homeowner may have when using home automation, but of course, they might also have some drawbacks. It all depends on how the homeowner installs and uses this technology.  

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