I thought it was just me
When Amazon announced their new Echo Plus, I was immediately intrigued, and then a bit put off by the decision to use Zigbee instead of Z-Wave (although both radios would have been better). Afterall, Z-Wave has the biggest pool of devices and [near] guarenteed compatiblity. Aparently I’m not the only one who doesn’t get the choice – CEPro just does it much more eloquently.
What’s so wrong with ZigBee? It’s been around for a while. It’s a very robust home-automation protocol, trusted by the utility industry, which has deployed it in 10s of millions of smart meters. It is arguably the preferred protocol for commercial building controls. Like Z-Wave, it offers efficient two-way communications, low-latency, and provisions to optimize battery life.