​Thread, ZigBee, Z-Wave: Why smart home standards matter

Dan Sung for Wareable:  Wi-Fi has proved to be a really effective way of getting our laptops, our tablets, our phones and even our TVs and stereo systems to talk to the internet but it's not working for the smart home.

The Internet of Things has more subtle needs than these big-batteried, regularly charged or permanently powered items, and clunky old Wi-Fi can't handle the pressure of getting scores of small sensors talking.

You might have heard of names ZigBee, Z-Wave and, more recently, Thread but what do they do? And should be you considering them when planning your smart home? Read on to find out.

Why standards matter:  Let's say you fill your home with connectable devices. They're sitting there - your washing machine, your door lock, your toasted sandwich maker or whatever - and they're bursting with notifications to send to you and to each other.  Cont'd...

Wireless Communication Standards for the Internet of Things

What does the future hold? Is this going to be a real industry battle or is there going to be reconciliation?

ExtremeUSB®: An overview of this patented USB extension technology.

As versatile as USB may be, it is restricted to an operational distance limitation of 5 meters for USB 1.1/2.0 and approximately 3 meters for USB 3.0. This persistent drawback to USB functionality was resolved by the introduction of ExtremeUSB®.

Understanding MPEG-DASH

MPEG-DASH works on any HTTP server and most mainstream media servers, which means that service providers are not required to invest in specialized MPEG-DASH-specific infrastructure.

The Open Home Control Project

Open Home Control is an Open Source project that concentrates on the building of home automation devices. The idea is to have an Open Source alternative to proprietary commercial systems.

The Freedom of Wireless USB Technology

With the overwhelming success of USB technology as the preferred interface, comes the challenge of organizing all of the cabling from desktop peripherals. Users with multiple USB peripherals find the clutter of cables unsightly and inconvenient to their workspace. With many different USB connections for mobile devices, such as cellphones, cameras, MP3 players and PDAs, it becomes increasingly difficult to use them on the go. To overcome these challenges a new method for connecting peripherals has come to fruition. A method, which offers the same benefits of a physical USB connection without the need for unsightly cables, a technology known as certified wireless USB. Using an ultra-wideband radio frequency ranging from 3.1 - 10.6 GHz, 127 devices can connect to a single computer up to 10 meters away without a hub. Connections made less than 3 meters away from the host can benefit from speeds typically USB 2.0, while connections from 3 to 10 meters will operate at 110 Mbps. Devices that support dual role or direct connections with each other can also operate with wireless USB technology.

Classic Home Toys Installment #19 The Final CD Format: HDCD

HDCD is capable of higher quality sound reproduction because HDCD encodes the equivalent of 20 bits worth of data in a 16-bit digital audio signal by utilizing custom dithering, audio filters, and some reversible amplitude and gain encoding. Peak Extend, which is a reversible soft limiter and Low Level range Extend which is a reversible gain on low-level signals. There is thus a benefit at the expense of an increase in noise.

Small Form Factors for Home Technologies

The rapid miniaturization and cost reduction in the sector of consumer electronics has created opportunities for equipping our homes with inexpensive sub-systems that manage and configure various tasks. These sub-systems comprise of energy management, digital home entertainment, home automation and assistive technologies that plays important role in driving the development for home technologies towards comfort living and lifestyle.

Filling the Home with Music not Wires

HomePlug Powerline communications technology has been helping homeowners network their computers and share internet connections since 2001 - all without installing any new wiring.

In-home Wiring

This paper presents recommendations for wiring homes for video, voice, and data connections from fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Optical Network Terminals ONTs. The material generally follows the terminology and recommendations of the National Electric Code, the Telephone Industries Association (TIA), and BICSI. References to all three are presented at the end of this document.

PLC (Powerline Communication) for Triple Play and IPTV Whole-House Distribution

All households have electricity, so they are network-ready; there is no need to install new cables or do "truck-rolls". Then, with several electrical sockets in every room, IPTV & Triple-Play services are available everywhere in the home with consistent performance.

HDMI Secrets - buy an HDMI cable, get a DVD player free

There is no need to believe cable vendors touting strange advancements in their cables… simple Cat-5 cables can do the job! In actual fact, Cat-5 and Cat-6 cables have the necessary standardization and design maturity ensuring optimality for high-speed data transfer.

What's so different about HDMI?

Devices are categorized as being Sources, Repeaters, Sinks or cables and every device must handle uncompressed digital video and audio signals according to strictly enforced guidelines.

Smart Phones to Smart Homes

Will the trend that created the smart phone lead to the mass acceptance of the smart home as well? It's a smart bet.

From Old Cars to High-speed Home Networks

AC powerline and coax cable both networking together is what Intellon Corporation calls a hybrid network, sort of a parallel to the hybrid cars of today - both have two means of conveyance adding to the overall power.

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