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Five common mistakes of choosing a wireless smart home system
What are the most common mistakes that buyers make when choosing a wireless smart home system? We will tell you how to avoid common mistakes
Smart home systems are becoming more and more popular, and more and more people worldwide want to turn their home into a smart one. Analysts at ABI Research recently estimated that smart home systems sales would have more than doubled their 2018 sales by 2022. Modern wireless technologies have dramatically simplified the installation and configuration of intelligent devices. Home automation scenarios are created in simple applications on a smartphone or tablet. Therefore, if earlier only specialists could build a smart home, now any person without advanced technical skills can cope with this task. If it is not difficult to configure the operation of the system, then the difficulty lies elsewhere. That's why we will tell you about the five most common mistakes and how to avoid them.
ERROR 1. Selection of incompatible components based on different smart home standards
Like many other high-tech markets, smart home has become a battleground for several incompatible standards. Today, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Thread, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi wireless technologies compete on the market. According to analysts' estimates, there are even more of them, but these five technologies are the most common today.

The main rule for beginners: buy controllers, sensors and smart home actuators of the same standard. Which one should you choose? Disputes on this matter do not subside until now: each technology has its technical features, pros and cons.

Our advice is to choose a technology that guarantees at least:

● the largest selection of smart home components;
● full compatibility of devices from different manufacturers.

If both of these criteria are met, you can choose from the broadest possible range of devices. You will know for sure that products from different brands can work together. Today, the best technology in both of these areas is Z-Wave, which is used in over 700 international manufacturers.
ERROR 2. Selection of components of the same standard, but incompatible in radio frequency
So, you have decided on a smart home standard, bought an automation starter kit, and now you want to add additional components to it. What should you pay attention to when choosing?

An important nuance is the radio frequency range in which the devices operate. Even within the same standard, operating frequencies may vary. It all depends on the country for which this or that component was created. For example, in China - 868.42 MHz, and in the USA 908.42 MHz. Zigbee protocol operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency band in most countries. But some Zigbee devices in China use 784 MHz; in the EU countries they use 868 MHz, and in the US and Australia they use 915 MHz. However, most Zigbee devices in these countries also operate in the 2.4 GHz frequency band.
ERROR 3. Pursuit of cheapness
Savings have to be smart. When buying cheaper components from China, you need to be careful about the devices' characteristics, not only at their compatibility and frequency but also at the level of their compatibility and frequency and so on.
The first characteristic is the lack of English in the mobile application for setting up a smart home. Without it, adding new devices, creating automation scripts and controlling a smart home will be a complicated process.
The second characteristic is the incompatibility of smart devices with European sockets without special adapters.

The third common problem is the incompatibility of devices from different manufacturers, even if they use the same standard and radiofrequency. Often, Chinese companies make it so that their smart home controllers do not connect to other brands' sensors.

ERROR 4. Buying only part of the necessary components of a smart home
Even simple home automation scenarios involve multiple devices at once. For example, to automatically turn on the lighting in a room when you enter it, you will need motion and light sensors, as well as a dimmer or smart lamp. Remove the light sensor from this list, and the light in the room will trigger even during the day when it is not needed.

Therefore, when planning a smart home system, try to determine the main options for its use, and immediately buy all the necessary components. Then you do not have to waste time adding missing devices to the system and the associated wireless reconfiguration and scenario editing.
ERROR 5. Buying extra devices
The controller system and several sensors included in one of the starter kits make it possible to create several simple work scenarios. Mistakes with the purchase of extra devices most often occur at the stage of system development.

For example, if your home has centralized heating and you don't use electric heaters. In that case, it is unnecessary to buy a smart thermostat. But it happens that extra devices are purchased at the first stage.

For example, suppose you rent an apartment for a short time and want to automate it. In that case, you should not buy the dimmers built into sockets and switches, better buy devices, which are easy to dismantle and take with you when you move.
When choosing components of a smart home system, it is easy to avoid all mistakes; it is enough to get the basic knowledge about a home system's wireless standards and determine in advance the ability to use smart home. You can always contact us and get help at any stage of the order.
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