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What is ZigBee


What is ZigBee

ZigBee is an open standard for a low-cost, low-power, wireless mesh network targeted at the wide development of devices for wireless control and monitoring applications. It's backed by some of the worlds biggest companies, including Philips, Nest, Samsung, Texas, Siemens & Whirlpool.

The ZigBee technology is currently being built into millions of Home Automation & smart energy devices worldwide. Lights, thermostats, alarms, fridges, doors, appliances, utility meters - all are being ZigBee enabled.

With ZigBee based devices you get a robust, resilient and self-managing system - but one thing to watch out for is that they often used "closed" protocols at the application layer, meaning that products from different vendors won't interoperate!

The initial markets for ZigBee are:

Smart Energy

ZigBee Smart Energy is the world's leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water. It helps create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to easily reduce their consumption and save money.

Home Automation

ZigBee Home Automation offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling smart homes that can control appliances, lighting, environment, energy management and security, as well as the expandability to connect with other ZigBee networks.

Remote Control

ZigBee Remote Control provides a global standard for advanced and easy-to-use RF remotes that delivers non-line-of-sight operation, two-way communication, longer range of use and extended battery life. It was designed for a variety of consumer electronic devices including HDTV, home theater equipment, set-top boxes and other audio equipment.


ZigBee Health Care offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling secure and reliable monitoring and management of non-critical, low-acuity healthcare services targeted at chronic disease, aging independence and general health, wellness and fitness.


ZigBee Telecom Services offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling a wide variety of value-added services, including information delivery, mobile gaming, location-based services, secure mobile payments, mobile advertising, zone billing, mobile office access control, payments, and peer-to-peer data-sharing services.


Connecting ZigBee devices

Connecting ZigBee devices is extremely easy and user friendly, most times requiring only a single click to add a ZigBee device into your home network.

SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

Step 1

Step 2

Module Inclusion

Select Connect "New Device" in the SmarthThings App

Remove the "Remove to Pair" tab found in the Multipurpose Sensor

SmartThings Water Leak Sensor

Step 1

Step 2

Module Inclusion

Open the Vera App and click "Add Device"

Remove the "Remove to Pair" tab found in the Multipurpose Sensor

Philips Hue Bloom

Step 1

Step 2

Module Inclusion

Power up the Bloom

Press and hold the dimmer switch On button until the LED turns green

Philips Hue Bulbs

Step 1

Step 2

Module Inclusion

Press the "+" button to start adding a bulb

Power up the bulb

Nest Learning Thermostat

Step 1

Step 2

Module Inclusion

Press the Nest Learning Thermostat ring and select "Get entry Key"

Log in to your Nest Account and click "Add product"

Nest Protect

Step 1

Step 2

Module Inclusion

Scan the QR code on the back of your Nest Protect

Pull out the blue tab on your Nest Protect - it will greet you and the light will begin to glow blue

Note: Some steps removed


Related Reading

We've gathered below links to various resources that can help you use ZigBee with other technologies and understand the inner workings of the ZigBee protocol.

Using Philips Hue with Nest Using Z-Wave and Nest Using Z-Wave with Philips Hue  


ZigBee Devices

  • Nest

    Nest uses smart wireless technology for its home automation products to provide a seamlessly connected experience.

  • Philips Hue

    ZigBee enabled light products move your home's lighting firmly into the 21st Century.

  • Vera

    The Vera Plus is a fully featured Internet gateway that use ZigBee and Bluetooth wireless protocols, along with Z-Wave and Wi-Fi

Popular ZigBee Brands

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