Author Archives: Bac Huang

Zigbee vs Z-wave devices

When it comes to building a fully connected smart home system, Zigbee and Z-Wave are the two most popular wireless protocols. Compare to smart Wi-Fi devices, Zigbee and Z-wave devices offers mesh networking and only use a fraction of the power. If you are only interested in controlling a few devices, stick with Wi-Fi devices. […]

20+ routines ideas you can try with Mixtile Hub

The biggest reason why you would need a smart hub is to create advanced smart home automation/routines. Routines make your life much more convenient. Today we’re going to give you 20+ interesting automation/routines you can try with Mixtile Hub. Routines can be created two ways: through the Mixtile app or through PaperUI. Some of the […]

How can smart home help you reduce your utility bill

Smart home technology is designed to make your life easier and more convenient, but they can also be used to help you reduce your utility bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average monthly utility bill in a typical American household in 2013 was $111.67, which equates to […]

Are Wi-Fi devices good for building a smart home?

Where do I begin? If you’re getting started with building a smart home, it is important to understand the different type of protocols available. The 3 most popular ones are Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Z-Wave. Smart Wi-Fi devices are very convenient. All you need to do is connect them to your Wi-Fi network and you are […]

Impact of Power Outage on Smart Home

During a power outage, what will happen to your smart home system? Any devices that do not have a (backup) battery will stop working. All features and devices that require an internet connection will also stop working (assuming your router does not have a backup battery). Smart Devices Devices without batteries: What are some devices […]