If you're considering buying smart home appliances, you might have noticed that some need a hub to work rather than just a Wi-Fi connection. This is an excellent method of preventing too many devices from overloading your home router. You'll also save electricity because alternative protocols frequently require less power than Wi-Fi.
Although they use a specific low-latency protocol, dedicated IoT protocols typically also increase the responsiveness of smart home devices to commands. Zigbee is widely used in many brands and products, including Yale security devices, Ikea smart lighting, Philips Hue smart lights, and many more. It is one of the most widely used wireless technologies available.
Did you know that most Eero routers may function as a Zigbee hub for free before purchasing a new seat to manage your smart home devices? You're lucky if your home network is an Eero 6, Eero 6+, Eero PoE gateway, Eero PoE 6, Eero Pro 6E, or Eero Pro 6 router. Your new Zigbee devices can be set up in a matter of minutes.
To complete this task, you must utilise the Eero and Alexa applications on your phone or tablet and have an Amazon account connected to both. After that, adding a Zigbee gadget is simple.
Step 1: Now, launch the Eero app on your phone.
Step 2: At the bottom of the screen, tap the Discover tab.
Step 3: Hit the Amazon Connected Home icon. You must first link your Amazon account to Eero if you still need to go to the next stage.
Step 4: Click on Smart Home Hub.
Step 5: Select Find Wi-Fi devices.
Step 6: Press Launch Alexa app.
After it's done, your Eero router will function as a smart home hub, and you can use the Alexa app to operate your Zigbee device. Similarly, you may utilise your existing Echo devices or Alexa-enabled speakers to manage your recently acquired gadgets without buying a separate hub.
Most smart home appliances today communicate with other devices and connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or Zigbee. But things are about to change thanks to Matter, which will eventually replace Zigbee as the industry standard IoT protocol.
Because Matter combines Wi-Fi with Thread, you won't need to purchase a new smart home hub because Eero routers already have a Thread network, saving you money on hubs and other accessories.