How do our products actually work together?

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Our zone control products work with the so-called zigbee protocol. Which products are actually covered?

  • Adam
  • Lisa
  • Jip
  • Floor
  • Tom
  • Plug
  • Koen

The system is built around Adam. The Adam is the brain behind the system and ensures that the others do their work. Adam is connected to the heat source and ensures that as soon as there is a demand for heat from one of the zones, the heat source responds. In many cases, the heat source is still the classic central heating boiler, but many homes are also switching to heat pumps. Homes that are connected to district heating can also work with a zone control system. A simple example of how the control works: In the living room the temperature is raised 2 degrees on Anna or Lisa. A message will then go to the Adam. Adam will then ask the heat source to start heating and will specifically open the radiators and / or underfloor heating in this zone. This can be Tom, Floor and / or Koen. The room will then heat up and Anna or Lisa will pass the temperatures on to Adam. As soon as the measured temperature that Lisa or Anna sent reaches the requested temperature, Adam closes the Tom, Floor and / or Koen again. Adam can arrange this for one or more zones. In this way, smarter heating can be done by only heating the rooms that actually need heat. Ideal for working from home, for example!

But what is zigbee then?

Zigbee is a term that you see a lot in the world of Smarthome equipment. Various providers / products work with this, such as Philips Hue and Ikea Tradfri. Zigbee can be compared to Wi-Fi, it could be described as "sister of". Zigbee is made specifically for home automation. Because Zigbee is specially designed for automating and managing the equipment in the home, it has a number of advantages over Wi-Fi.

  1. Zigbee devices are in contact with one central point, and also with each other. This creates a "mesh network". The advantage of this is that as soon as 1 product fails, the rest of the system is still able to communicate with each other. Example: Suppose you have a space that is far away from Adam. There are two concrete walls or floors that normally make a wifi signal very poor. For example, if you put a Lisa in that room, the signal from the Adam may be too weak. The signal from Lisa will then find its way through the other zigbee devices in your house so that Lisa and Adam can still talk to each other.
  2. Zigbee has a two-way communication. This means that devices can send messages to each other and confirm that they have arrived. Is there a message lost? Then it will simply be sent again. This makes communication very reliable.
  3. Zigbee uses the same wireless band as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This makes it easy to certify devices and make them usable and available all over the world.
  4. Zigbee is energy efficient. When devices are not in use, they are in sleep mode. As a result, batteries last on average longer in devices than, for example, Z-wave products.

Can Anna be used in the zone control?

Anna does not work with zigbee. Anna is a fixed thermostat that was developed a few years ago. At the time, there was no reason to add zigbee because this is a stand-alone product. Anna is wired connected to the boiler and thus switches directly to the heat source.

Despite the fact that Anna has not integrated a zigbee, Anna can still be linked in the zone control system. Adam, the brain of the zone control, has a 24V thermostat input. Anna (24V) can be connected to this. Anna is currently linked to the boiler through Adam. Note that Anna is subordinate to Adam at the moment.

What does the installation look like? Very simple actually. Anna goes upstairs via a thermostat wire (where the boiler is often located), this thermostat wire is connected to the Smile-T. This is the box that comes with the Anna. Instead of the Smile-T being connected to the boiler, as is the case with an installation with only a smart thermostat, the Smile-T is connected to Adam. Adam is then connected to the boiler (or other heat source, such as a heat pump or district heating).