HOME AUTOMATION DICTIONARY

 

Device

A device is a specific component that can be controlled over the wireless network. The device can control a specific light or appliance, or a sensor that provides input to the system.


Dimmer

A wireless device that can control the brightness, and the on/off switch of a light.


Gateway

Connects your home automation network to the Internet. The Gateway enables you to control the system from anywhere in the using a smartphone, tablet or computer.


Home Automation

Industry term for all aspects of adding convenient control and access to your system, also referred to as Smart Home technology.


Internet of Things

Popular term describing how varied devices can be connected together through the Internet, allowing them to communicate and control each other.


IP

Internet Protocol is a standard set of rules for sending and receiving data across a computer network or the Internet.


LED

Acronym for Light Emitting Diode. These lights use much less power than incandescent bulbs.


Module

A device that allows wireless control of lights and appliances.


Node ID

The identifier of a single Z-Wave Nodeā€“the specific device integrated into the system.


Pairing

The process of adding a device so that the system recognizes and allows control of it.


Router

Similar to a Gateway, a router connects a network to the Internet. In most connected homes, the router controls the wired and/or wireless networks in order to communicate with the Internet.


Wi-Fi

Wireless network that enables equipped devices to communicate with each other and the Internet.


Z-Wave

The technology that allows all your enabled devices to be controlled on the network. It allows for easily adding new Z-wave devices to the system without complicated programming.