Which Home Automation to take LightwaveRF
LightwaveRF is the new kid on the block, unrelated to X10 it shares the 1970s spirit and economic appeal. One of the biggest advantages I can see so far is the availability of components. LightwaveRF devices can be picked up locally from Maplin, B&Q or Homebase – which is a big advantage.
Unlike X10 communication is wireless from the each controller on the 433.92 MHz band, so should not interfere with WiFi or Bluetooth however it is possible to get some interference on some cordless home phones. Range is quite limited as the controllers do not have a lot of power, you can get around 15m in doors, this is offset by the fact you will probably have multiple remotes. Like X10 communication is one way, so there is no acknowledgement of commands being received.
LightwaveRF doesn’t use a base station or central control with each remote communicating with devices directly, however it is possible to get a WiFi link hub which allows you to access the system from the web or a mobile device. Functionality is limited however and you do not get the same kind of control or ‘programmed actions’ available in other systems.
There are also limitations in the size of network you can build. The magic number seems to be 64 devices, each device can only be linked to 6 controllers or sensors.
Once again I have found my self barking up the wrong tree. LightwaveRF has the same problems as X10, with the lack of two way communication or confirmation a command worked added to my requirement to support my mobile and ‘action’ commands once again have to move on.