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Suffering from ZigBee Dysfunction? Get ZigBee’s ‘Little Blue Pill’

Card Access offers ZigBee Extenders for networks that suffer from small mesh size, poor ZigBee responsiveness, and reduced performance.

Julie Jacobson · May 24, 2010


There’s nothing funny about ZigBee dysfunction (ZD) … unless you’re Card Access, a ZigBee developer that recently launched a cheeky marketing campaign for networks that suffer from:

  • Small ZigBee mesh size
  • Poor ZigBee responsiveness
  • Reduced ZigBee performance

Thankfully, Card Access assures us that ZD is curable: “A variety of treatments can help you permanently eliminate the symptoms, discomfort and embarrassment of ZigBee Dysfunction.”

The company recommends these peripherals to extend a ZigBee mesh up to 300 feet:

  • ZigBee Pro Extender
  • Wireless Contact Relay External Antenna Version
  • Wireless Contact Relay Internal Antennal Version
  • Sensor Bridge
  • Heavy-Duty Power Controller

Card Access is dispensing ZigBee Extender Tablets – little blue pills that taste suspiciously like M&Ms – at all stops on the nationwide Control4 dealer road show. The two companies have partnered for many years to integrate Card Access’s ZigBee-enabled accessories with Control4’s whole-house control systems.

According to information plastered on the pill bottle, integrators should use the product at the first sign of ZD symptoms:

  • Purchase Card Access devices with ZigBee Extender Technology.
  • Insert one or more devices into mesh.
  • Watch mesh grow and see ZigBee performance immediately perk up.
  • Swell with pride and never worry about poor ZigBee performance again.

Card Access assures would-be sufferers that all calls will be handled “professionally, delicately, and with unbending confidentiality.” And, by the way, don’t be alarmed if ZigBee signal enhancement lasts longer than four hours.

Get the facts about ZD (and some more guy humor) at


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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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Blogs · Card Access · Control4 · Slow News Day · ZigBee · All Topics
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