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Optimal Plugwise network
The Plugwise system works with the wireless ZigBee protocol. This protocol uses the same frequency (2,4 GHz) as Bluetooth and WiFi and is optimized to use as less energy as possible. Although this limits the transmission range of a single module, the Plugwise network is still able to pass information over big distances, because the modules pass the information from one to another. Building a network is easy: the most efficient way to send data from one module to the next is selected automatically. Underneath we will show you how to build an optimal Plugwise network.
The best way to build your network
If you build your network the right way your modules within your network will always be in reach and you will be able to: switch quickly and send data with high speed. The schedule you see shows a reliable and fast network. The distance between two modules is limited to 5-10 meters, the Stretch is right in the middle of the network and each module can communicate with at least 3 other modules. All modules are a maximum of two steps away from the Stretch gateway.
The average way to build your network
If you build your network the average way, you will notice this because switching will be slower and sending data will be less fast. The number of data increases with modules placed closer to the gateway (stretch), because these modules also have to pass data from other modules which are placed further away from the gateway. The more direct the route from module to Stretch is, the faster data can be send. All modules are connected to each other, but the way to the gateway is not the most direct one.
The wrong way to build your network
If you build your network the wrong way, you will notice this because switching will be slow and sending data will be slow. The reason is that it will take more steps for data to reach the gateway then necessary. All data and schedules for all modules will have to be send through only one module, which will slow down your performance. If you replace a single module this can result in the fact that a big part of your network is no longer within reach of the Stretch.