Q: In which areas do Zigbee products remain superior to those that communicate directly with the router via the app? When is it advisable to include cheaper WiFi lamps in a purchase decision?
Zigbee products do not use your existing WiFi network, but all your Zigbee products together form a separate mesh network. In such a network, each light transmits the wireless signals to its neighbour. For example, a light that is very far from the bridge will still receive all commands via the other lights. The more lights you have, the better the Zigbee mesh network will be.
This works differently with WiFi. Each light talks to the router separately. And the more WiFi lights you have, the busier your router will get. As a result, Zigbee is always preferable for large systems. But if you only planning on having a few smart lights at home, WiFi is a great and easy alternative. Our advice is therefore to use WiFi up to systems of ten lights. But if you use or want to use more than ten lights, we recommend Zigbee.
Very important: if you start with Innr WiFi lights, you can later expand your system with a new Innr bridge and Zigbee lamps. The WiFi and Zigbee lights can then both be operated with the same new app we’re launching with the WiFi lights, you won’t notice any difference.