Best domotica protocols 2017

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Before you buy a domotica system, ALWAYS ask which communication protocol it uses and supports.

There is a huge difference between them, so asking yourself this question is crucial for relaxing in your home/office.
You want a system that supports several protocols, so that you are ready for the future in case one becomes standard.

 

Z-Wavezwave plus domotica

+ Wireless
+ Cheap hardware
+ Range from 30m to 120m
+ Mesh network (every devices extends the range of your entire network)
+ Very secure (encrypted communication via zwave plus)
+ Feedback after switching a device (did it succeed?)
+ Bidirectional
+ feedback whether switching devices worked or not
+ Easy to find a lot of hardware that supports z-wave
+ Proprietary radio system, making certain all devices speak the same language

Our rating: 9/10

EnOceanEnOcean domotica protocol

+ Wireless
+ No battery, no power connection: they get power from temperature, motion, temperatuur, rotation and light
+ Bidirectional communication, routing and encryption at a datarate of 125kbit/s
– More expensive then z-wave
– Bit more noisy, as switches are producing energy
– they make a clicking noise
– No multisensors
– Requires active repeater if you extend over more then 2 devices
– Older hardware is unidirectional
– More difficult to find the hardware in stores

Our rating: 7/10

x10x10 domotica protocol

+ Wired and wireless
+ Very cheap
+ Oldest domotica protocol
+/- Control up to 264 devices
– No feedback after switching a device (did it succeed?)
– Limited range – Difficulties penetrating walls & floors
– Impossible to know the current state of your devices
– No encryption in communication
– Only for hobby, no professional use recommended
– Original company went bankrupt in 2011, since then no new developments have been made

Our rating: 3/10

CoCo, klik-aan-klik-uit, rfxcom, …

Variation on the X10 protocol, but they are not compatible with X10.
Same evaluation as X10 above, except for the last line.

Our rating: 5/10

ZigbeeZigbee domotica protocol

+ Speed up to 250kbit/s
+ Range from 10m to 100m
+ Mesh network (every devices extends the range of your entire network)
+ Hardware not country specific
– More Interoperability problems then Z-wave, since no proprietary radio system
– Many Zigbee devices cannot work together. This is a major setback.

Our rating: 6/10

KNXKNX domotica protocol

+ Very big and well known protocol
+ Industrial quality
+ Lots of devices available
– Very expensive
– Difficult to connect to webservices
– If they offer webbased solutions, the link is not often shared to other domotica systems
– Needs expensive software to program your devices

Our rating: 7/10

IP based

+ Fast data transfer
– Less reliable: wifi signals can easily be jammed or disturbed
– No universal API or way of communication, every device needs to be supported individually

Our rating: 7/10

Insteon

+ All devices act as Controller and Slaves
+ Mesh network (every devices extends the range of your entire network)
+ Backwards compatible with X10 + Both wired and wireless
+ Bidirectional communication
+ Automatic inclusion of new devices
– Limited type and range of products available
– Limited heathing control
– Only 1 vendor
– Benefits of Insteon only start for bigger (commercial) networks
– The wireless devices are based on X10, just look at the many negative points above…)

Our rating: 7/10

Overview

Protocol Z-Wave EnOcean X10 based IP-devices KNX Zigbee Insteon
Price Low Medium Lowest Higher High Low Low
Success feedback Yes Only new hardware No Partially Yes Yes Yes
Mesh network Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes
Security protocol Highest High No Medium High High High
Easyness to find hardware Easy Difficult Easy Easy Easy Medium Medium
Devices use same language Yes Yes Yes No +/- Yes No Yes
Device range High High Lowest High High High High

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