The Battle For Your Automated Home: Insteon, ZigBee, And Z-Wave

Insteon, ZigBee, and Z-Wave. They sound more like comic book characters than wireless home-automation standards. But chances are you’ll see products using one or all of them at your home improvement store in the next year or two. Unlike other wireless home-network technologies, such as 802.11, Bluetooth, and UWB, these three are narrowband. Their data rates are in the sub-200-Kbps range, they send only tiny bits of data around the house, and they require very little power.
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