When you looking at Smart Building Automations there’s a never ending range of options to choose however when all things are considered the options quickly narrow down. Smart technologies such as Zigabee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth can work well for upgrading a traditional home with a few devices but quickly cause complications on a larger scale.
Both KNX and Loxone use a hard wired approach and focus on the transmission of data packets which over the past 20 years has become the undisputed solution in smart home technology worldwide.
Let’s compare the two protocols:
|International Standard for Smart Automation||Relatively New to the market|
|Not brand specific (Open Source)||Brand Specific (limited Device options)|
|Proven & Trusted||Still developing|
|Star Topology with Standardised Bus Cable||Star Topology with single purpose Cable|
|Requires an Integrator to install||Can be installed by the end user|
|Unlimited Devices & Possibilities||Limited Devices & Functions|
|Several Central Control Options||Limited to one Central Control Option|
|Marginally more expensive||Prides on cost effective through limitations|
In conclusion, since Loxone is a single manufacturer you are limited to the devices they manufacture meaning both functionality and aesthetics may be an issue. On the contrary KNX has thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers worldwide meaning your function and design options are truly unlimited. KNX can also be expanded beyond initial installation whereas Loxone cannot.
For us, the answer is abundantly clear – KNX is the only smart home protocol to choose.