The Wireless Protocols Tying Together the Internet of Things

With the number of devices for the connected home expected to skyrocket by the end of the decade, it’s important to understand how all of these devices communicate with each other, both within the home and reaching out to the humans relying on them. This is where wireless communication protocols come into play. In this whitepaper we take a look at the protocols available today and some of the characteristics of each.



Right now, there are six primary communication protocols for the connected home; sub-GHz, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, zigbee, Z-Wave, and Thread. Each of these protocols has its place, and choosing the right mix for your designs is an important part of the development process, because no one protocol provides a universal one-size-fits-all solution. We examine the most commonly used wireless protocols and discuss which use cases are best for each one.

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