The ability to silence wireless communications has some pretty sweet implications if you consider all the networking devices in a typical home that come out of the box with Wi-Fi blazing — printers, TVs, major appliances, and even smart-home devices like Nest thermostats that eventually will take advantage of local communications technologies (Thread/Weave in this case).
Domotz potentially could be programmed to disable Wi-Fi after the IoT devices do their online business, and perhaps reconnect every so often as necessary.
Shunting that extra RF traffic, even temporarily, can improve security and provide an all-around “stable, controllable environment,” Grubb says.
No, Domotz isn’t the Only Solution
There are other workarounds for this (potential) broadcast loop. You can kill the wireless chatter by opening the Sonos port on the Wi-Fi network if you can find it, and then issue a direct command-line code from a Web browser, but … meh.
Also, a managed switch with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) running should do the trick. Luxul ships its managed switches with STP enabled by default, making a wireless Sonos installation plug-and-play, according to Grubb.
In the absence of a managed switch, the Domotz software will soothe some headaches.
Grubb concedes nobody knows how future Sonos updates might affect this handy fix, but Domotz is committed to fixing the fix if Sonos unfixes it.
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Luxul, a division of Legrand, has said over the past couple of years that it wants to be the network infrastructure for add-on services like Domotz. Several leading competitors in the CE channel, including Pakedge (with BakPak) and SnapAV’s Araknis (OvrC), have their own network-monitoring and remote management tools.
Grubb reiterates this mission, saying the company will incorporate other solutions from different providers as well. Luxul started this initiative last year, incorporating Router Limits parental controls and network-monitoring to its routers.
Grubb says Luxul plans a “reinvigoration” of the company’s XWC wireless controller campaign, promoting that scheme – with proprietary Roam Assist technology – as the go-to architecture for most custom-oriented networks.
Meanwhile, Luxul is working with Domotz (and others) to add networking smarts to other products in the Legrand family, which includes NuVo Technologies (multiroom audio), OnQ (home-control, communications, structured wiring) and Middle Atlantic (A/V racks, power management), Vantage (home automation, lighting controls), QMotion (motorized shades), and WattStopper (lighting controls).
First up will be an line of intelligent power-distribution products from Middle Atlantic to be released in the next couple of months.
Legrand recently launched its Eliot program to develop an interoperable IoT ecosystem based on the Samsung Artik Cloud platform. In the past, the company has demonstrated solutions incorporating Artik and IBM’s Watson AI technology.