An increased focus on the value of smart technology has the entire world of homeowners looking closer at the power of their own home security. Wireless technology and smart technology have intersected to create an entirely new marketplace that is rapidly changing the landscape of modern home security monitoring. Companies like Protect America, are putting in the work to become leaders at the forefront of a rapidly burgeoning industry. The wireless, smart home security system industry is helping to pioneer newer brands of wireless communication such as Z-Wave and ZigBee. You might wonder “What is ZigBee?” Today’s focus is going to be on the power of ZigBee-networked devices with a particular focus toward window/door sensors. For users looking to add a little piece of mind to their home, this is the kind of reading that will be required.


Understanding ZigBee Wireless Networking

It is no surprise that smart technology has changed the way that homes function on even a basic level. Smart technology has interfaced with our mobile devices, such as a phone or security monitoring system, in order to dramatically change the complexion of modern homes. With that being said, there are many different ways to implement wireless technology — and they are not all made equal. Today, the focus is going to be on the power of wireless ZigBee devices. Let’s take a moment to understand exactly what ZigBee is before jumping into the powerful door and window sensors available on the market.

ZigBee is a fresh way to network devices through wireless communication. ZigBee is not the same as WiFi or Bluetooth, it is a completely different sort of communication technology.

ZigBee is a departure from the traditional wireless networks that most users are likely aware of. ZigBee is based on the 902.15.4 IEEE personal network. ZigBee has been in operation for just over a decade but it is just now being seen as a legitimate alternative to wireless internet and Bluetooth. There are a few key differences between ZigBee and WiFi that need to be understood before continuing.

  • Large Areas – ZigBee is ideal for use within a large area, such as your entire household. ZigBee is not a device-to-device style of communication. Instead, it is meant to cover a large space. This makes it ideal for the discussion we will have surrounding door and window sensors.
  • Point-to-Point – As we highlighted above, ZigBee is not meant for device-to-device streaming, such as a Z-Wave network. ZigBee is also not meant for streaming and downloading data for personal entertainment. Instead, ZigBee is a style of network communication that is almost universally for home security.

ZigBee Door/Window Sensor Option #1: Visonic Mct-340e

When looking for door and window sensors, there are going to be a variety of different products in the marketplace. A personal, and commercial, favorite is that of the Visonic MCT-340 E. This ZigBee compatible smart door and window sensor does a variety of different things. The Visonic provides wireless communication straight to a smart device that includes temperature updates and complete security monitoring. These devices are small, unobtrusive, and aesthetically pleasing to look at.


ZigBee Door/Window Sensor Option #2: Protect America

Finally, we come to the power of the Protect America line of ZigBee compatible home security. ZigBee has found a home within the exhaustive Protect America security systems and this extends to their wireless door and window microsensors. These door/window sensors are tiny and offer a battery life that lasts up to five years. Easy to install and quick to send a system trigger when disturbed, Protect America offers homes a real advantage in their search for home security and peace of mind.