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Items tagged with: Home Control

Digi announces compact ZigBee-to-IP Gateways

Digi International today introduced the ConnectPort X2 ZigBee-to-IP Gateway.

The product is a wireless gateway "about the size of a deck of cards" that links ZigBee/802.15.4 device networks with IP networks over Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections. The ConnectPort X2 is available in two configurations: ZigBee-to-Wi-Fi; or ZigBee-to-Ethernet. Both models are housed in industrial-grade metal enclosures.

The ConnectPort X2 features a native Python engine for programmability and also includes the Digi Connectware Manager network management platform which provides a one-to-many interface for network configuration and maintenance.

The ConnectPort X2 ZigBee-to-Ethernet model lists for $199 and the ZigBee-to-Wi-Fi version for $299. Availability was not announced.

Latest ZigBee Spec released

The ZigBee Alliance today announced the public availability of the latest version of the ZigBee Specification and the certification of the newest ZigBee Golden Unit platforms which implement the ZigBee PRO Feature Set.

The new Golden Units are available from Ember, Texas Instruments and Airbee Wireless. These units have passed independent testing conducted by NTS Corp. and TUV Rheinland.

The latest ZigBee Specification includes the ZigBee Feature Set and the new ZigBee PRO Feature Set, offering product companies greater flexibility in using ZigBee. It was released exclusively to Alliance members last October.

"Golden Units" are used as a ZigBee quality control mechanism. They are multiple independent implementations proving a Specification revision and demonstrating interoperability for future ZigBee products.

Consolidate Control Using Logitech's Harmony 890 Remote

Consolidate Control Using Logitech's Harmony 890 RemoteWe kick off our new Home Control section with a How To for using a Harmony 890 to control Z-wave devices.

Hawking announces Wireless Home Automation System

(IRVINE, CA) Hawking Technologies has announced the release of its HomeRemote home control system. The system uses Z-wave wireless technology, which is competing with Zigbee in the wireless control application market.

The HRGZ1 HomeRemote System consists of an internet gateway and handheld remote control for in-home control of lighting and appliances. The system also allows remote control via a standard Internet web browser or mobile phone and features live video monitoring from via HomeRemote Video Cameras (HRNC1).

The product line will begin shipping on March 1st. MSRP for the HomeRemote Gateway plus Remote Control will be $199.99 and $169.99 for the Wireless Video camera.

Hawking to produce Z-Wave based products

Hawking Technologies announced today that it has joined the Z-Wave Alliance and plans to use Z-Wave technology in upcoming products. Hawking also said it plans to release a home control product using Z-Wave technology "very soon".

Z-Wave is a proprietary Personal Area Network (PAN) technology developed by Zensys A/S of Denmark. It competes with the Zigbee standard (aka IEEE 802.15.4) for mesh wireless control technology, primarily aimed at home control applications. Z-Wave uses a two-way RF system that operates in the 908MHz band while Zigbee operates in 2.4GHz (global), 915Mhz (Americas) and 868Mhz (Europe) bands.

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