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There are two main standards for home control: ZigBee, which is actually a ratified standard, and Z-Wave, which was created and is controlled by Zensys. As much as we'd like to give the nod to the standards product, Z-Wave has a lead in the number of vendors making products that support it, including light-switch giant Leviton), and also those products are less expensive than the ZigBee versions.
Both systems are RF (radio-frequency) based, meaning do-it-yourselfers won't have to run control wiring or worry about powerline interference, as they would with X10. And both technologies use mesh communication, meaning as long as a switch or a control unit in your house can communicate with just one other unit, it will work on your network. This is especially important because both ZigBee and Z-Wave use cheap, low-power radios, with a maximum range of only a few dozen feet.
Companies - Products:
Ocelot Tech:X10-PLC X10-RF UPB PCS - Powerline Control Systems Inc 1-Wire iLight ProductsLeviton's Vezia RF+
Simply Automated -- PC-Configured Products
HAI (Home Automation, Inc.) LiteTouch
EH - Electronic House IoT - Internet of Things PLC - Power Line Carrier - Digital data is encoded and transmitted over your electrical wiring to devices plugged in or wall switches. PCS - Powerline Control Systems Inc UPB - Universal powerline bus X10 - X10 PLC protocol and devices