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Zigbee vs Z-Wave Devices

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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. […]

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 […]

Types of Smart Home Devices

From smart lights to smart toilets, the types of smart home devices are countless. At CES 2019 (Consumer Electronics Show), we have seen a smart toilet that plays music and changes the back-light color based on different “situations”, a smart pet dryer that dries your cat or dog in less than 30 minutes, a smart […]

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 […]

Smart Home Threats. How to Protect Your Privacy?

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As smart home devices gain more popularity, so do threats that come with them. Hackers, viruses and other cybersecurity threats are starting to get into smart homes around the world to take advantage of people and private information. Just imagine somebody hacking cameras of your house and leaking videos of your private life online. Or […]

IoT devices for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Today, more than 44 million people globally live with Alzheimer’s disease and the number of people with dementia is expected to double every 20 years, by reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050.  While there is no cure for the Alzheimer’s disease, there is plenty of IoT devices that could help the people with […]

Smarthome vs Power Outage

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 […]

Mixtile 2019

A simple thank you cannot express how grateful we are for everyone that backed us up on Indiegogo and for providing us your valuable feedback to improve our products. Our Indiegogo campaign has raised over 110% of our goal. With your feedback, we’ve updated the Mixtile Hub’s firmware all the way to 1.12 with increased […]