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ZigBee is a communication standard that allows smart devices and products to function interactively with one another. Although it was first conceived back in 1998, it has been improved and revised several times, making it the perfect medium for a raft of smart products.
Incidentally, the term ZigBee refers to the waggle dance of bees, an illustration of the kind of ‘hive mind’ that owners of ZigBee-enabled smart devices can expect when they are used together in a smart home.
Products like Sonoff’s ZigBee wireless switches provide exactly this sort of functionality whether they communicate wirelessly over Wi-Fi or the longer distances that ZigBee affords.
By connecting these switches with others in your home through the eWeLink app, you can ensure that your domestic appliances come on and go off appropriately. For example, you could program one to turn your heater off when your air-conditioning unit kicks in and vice versa.
What’s more, there are ZigBee-enabled bridges that will allow you to operate your smart switches when certain conditions are met, such as a motion detector being tripped.
If you want to have your lights switch off automatically when no one is home, then these sorts of networked devices are for you! Finally, it is worth mentioning products like Sonoff’s ZigBee door and window sensors since these have a number of useful applications, not least helping to keep your home more secure.
You can also obtain ZigBee temperature sensors and smart plugs, so setting up your smart home the way you want is child’s play.