Bluetooth is a wireless technology, which as WiFi, is being used for smart home automation to connect devices and control them with apps. Bluetooth is an evolving standard. Bluetooth LE – one standard, is a Low Energy standard, although Bluetooth LE is sometimes called Bluetooth Smart.

Bluetooth LogoBluetooth is evolving into being mesh capable. Mesh is a major enhancement, (already used in other protocols such as Z-Wave), as each device becomes a repeater, so the more mesh devices, the more bullet proof your network. That’s the opposite of other solutions such as WiFi. It should be mentioned that WiFi really needs a new standard that uses mesh networking, as unreliable WiFi is a major challenge in any Smart Home.

At this time, Bluetooth is really for single room automation, rather than a whole home solution, since the range of Bluetooth’s signal tends to be around thirty feet or so. There are Bluetooth range extenders, which can extend the range beyond 100 feet.

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