Technology Compared

Insteon vs. The World of Protocols

 
 
  Insteon Z-Wave WiFi Bluetooth Zigbee
Maximum Theoretical Network Size Unlimited 232 256 9 256
Maximum Practical Network Size 1,000s 30-35 Dozens? 9 Dozens?
Physical Layer 1 RF RF RF RF RF
Physical Layer 1 Frequency 915MHz 915MHz 2.4GHz 2.4GHz 2.4GHz
Physical Layer 2 Powerline - - - -
Physical Layer 2 Frequency 132KHz - - - -
Mesh Enrollment Automatic Procedural Procedural Procedural Procedural
Operate w/o Hub Yes - - - -
Cost $ $$ $$$ $ $$
Compatibility Classes (less is more) 1 >1 Many 3 >>9
Forward & Backward Compatible Yes - - - -
Scenes without delay Yes - - - -
Message Propagation Simulcast Routed Routed Theoretical Routed
Network Configuration Full Mesh Partial Mesh Star Star Star + Mesh
Controller Failure Remote Access Failure Complete Network Failure Complete Network Failure Complete Network Failure Complete Network Failure
Mobile Devices Automatic Breakdown Automatic Automatic Breakdown
Initial Products Fully Supported Obsolete Just Launched Just Launched Obsolete
Physical Interoperability Yes Yes Yes Yes Not Assured
Brand Interoperability Yes Not Assured w / software/SDK w / software/SDK Limited
Messages Acknowledged Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unique Addressing Yes - - - Not Enforced
Error Detection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Error Correction Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collision Avoidance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes