Please help. New to smartthings

Are the interior walls concrete, or only the outside walls?

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For my master bedroom interior and exterior. For the rest of the house just exterior and roof

It’s like saying what’s the difference between an electric stove and a gas stove. They are two different ways of doing the same thing. Some aspects are exactly the same: you turn a knob, the pan gets hot. But the technical method for accomplishing that is actually quite different.

The following FAQ will discuss the differences in terms of what they would mean to you when setting up a home automation system:

https://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=Z-wave_versus_Zigbee

Because smartthings supports both protocols, my first suggestion would be that you just get an inexpensive device, either a plug-in pocket socket or a sensor, of each protocol and try them in several different rooms in the house and see if one is having more difficulty than the other. you may not notice any difference, but it’s a good test to try before you start buying a lot of equipment.

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In that case, we can go back to the more typical situations. :sunglasses: Don’t put the hub in the bedroom. You should be fine with either Z wave or zigbee in the rest of the house.

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Well my kitchen is center of house I can run a ethernet cable there

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for thermostats I use Hive and the hive (connect) v3 Smartapp, I am in the UK, so I am not sure if that makes a difference here. I know that Hive is available in the US, however it may not work with the Smartapp without some code changes to the hive API code.

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That won’t help either Zigbee or Z-wave both of which are “pure wireless”

Both Zigbee and Z-wave create mesh networks where one device can relay messages to a next nearer device until it gets to the desired destination. The two protocols create completely separate networks.

And they are separate from your Wi-Fi and Ethernet TCP/IP network.

More info in the articles linked by others here

I get that HalD. Here was my logic behind that. If put it in my master bedroom next to modem it is surrounded by 4 concrete walls. So my thought was put hard wired switches in master bedroom and run an ethernet cable to kitchen which is on the other side of my bedroom. Wall and center of house. Place hub there. That way I would have more reception of zigbee zwave throughout the house.

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Ah! Of course. I answered before morning coffee. That should help a lot.

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So currently I run to different networks in my home. They are both different entities would that be an issue?

Not likely to be a Problem as long as you keep the hub/routers at least 3m from each other. Most people are running multiple networks but don’t even realize it. :wink:

For example, the Phillips hue bridge forms its own mini network regardless of what other hub you have.

An Amazon echo plus will also form a zigbee network if you add any Digby devices directly to it.

If your home has a smart meter, that’s likely another Zigbee network Even though it’s one you don’t have any access to.

I have 14 different networks in my home right now. The security system has one, the Lutron smart bridge is another, we have two separate Hue bridges on separate accounts, there’s a medical monitoring system… Just lots of stuff.

We do have some issues with an area where we have boosted Wi-Fi drowning out some zigbee in the same room, but that’s just a matter of locating devices appropriately. :sunglasses:

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