INSTEON vs zigbee-difference between INSTEON and zigbee
This page covers basic comparison between INSTEON and zigbee technologies. It covers difference between INSTEON and zigbee technologies.
About INSTEON: It is a technology which enables networking of low
cost devices using powerline, radio frequency or both.
Hence it is referred as dual network.
All the INSTEON devices function as peers which means they can transmit, can receive as well as
repeat messages without the need of master controller or routing software.
By adding more devices will make INSTEON network more strong as devices repeat each other's messages
by simulcasting them at proper time.
Hence more are the devices, stronger is the INSTEON signal.
INSTEON network is of mesh type. It operates in ISM frequency band.
About ZIGBEE: It is a low rate Wireless Personal Area Network technology.
Zigbee network consists of coordinators(one per network), FFDs(Full Function Devices) acting as routers and
RFDs(Reduced Function devices) which are not routers but end devices.
Zigbee uses routing AODV protocol to route the information from one end device to the other.
Zigbee uses 2.4 GHz(Worldwide), 915 MHz(USA) and 868 MHz(Europe) frequency bands for operation.
Following table mentions difference between INSTEON and Zigbee technologies.
|Media||operates using both powerline as well as radio frequency||Zigbee operates using only Radio Frequency(RF)|
|network topology||Full mesh type||Partial routed mesh, partial star|
|Message propagation||Using simulcasting||Using routing of messages based on AODV routing protocol|
|Message type||They are backwards and forwards compatible||In zigbee they are specific to revision level and profile|
|Device types in the network||They are peers in INSTEON||Divided into FFDs and RFDs as mentioned , also need one network coordinator per network|
|Network installation||Does not require any separate network enrollment, it is automatic||It is part of installation procedure to have this at the start|
|It uses FSK radios in one band per market(915 MHz)||It uses DSSS in two bands per market|
|Frequency range||915 MHz||2.4GHz, 868 MHz and 915MHz|
|Data rate||38.4 Kbps instantaneous at 915MHz|| 20Kbps instantaneous at 868MHz
40Kbps instantaneous at 915MHz
250Kbps instantaneous at 2.4GHz
|Powerline||Available (supports 131.65KHz carrier with BPSK modulation)||Not available|
|Powerline data rate||1034 bps user data
1440bps standard message payload
1698bps extended message payload
|X10 standard compliance||Supports||Do not support|
|Addressing||24 bit pre-assigned||64 bit IEEE address/16 bit short address(65536 devices)|
|Powerline phase bridging||RF/Hardware||Not supported|
|Message length||15 or 33 bytes||variable, 128 byte max.|
Difference between INSTEON and Z-wave, Zigbee, X10 and HomePlug
IoT Wireless Technologies
What is Difference between
Following are useful difference between terminologies on various wireless standards/technologies.
difference between FDM and OFDM
Difference between SC-FDMA and OFDM
Difference between SISO and MIMO
Difference between TDD and FDD
Difference between 802.11 standards viz.11-a,11-b,11-g and 11-n
OFDM vs OFDMA
CDMA vs GSM
Bluetooth vs zigbee