Your Zigbee smart home can double as a home security system if you have the right sensors. Most DIY Zigbee hubs don’t support professional monitoring, so you have to monitor your home yourself. Here are two types of Zigbee sensors to help boost your home security.
Learn more about how motion detectors work in our beginner’s guide to motion sensors.
Read our door and window sensor review to learn more about how these sensors work.
Just as smart lighting manufacturers tend to prefer Zigbee for smartbulbs, security sensor manufacturers prefer Z-Wave technology. Z-Wave is a similar smart home platform and also Zigbee’s main rival. This lack of selection makes it trickier to find Zigbee glass break sensors, sirens, flood sensors, thermostats, and smoke detectors, especially from established brands.
Considering most dedicated smart hubs support both Z-Wave and Zigbee, we think it’s a lot easier to go with Z-Wave in this instance. Another alternative is getting sensors that use Wi-Fi, particularly if you have an Amazon Echo, which doesn’t have Z-Wave support.
You can learn more about security sensors by reading our article on what to look for in a home security system.