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‘Smart Homes’ are smarter than dumb homes. Interconnected and remotely controlled homes increase the ease and convenience of owners. You don’t have to be a tech geek to set up your smart home. A few gadgets and wifi can revamp the whole settings and make your home smart.

Here is a beginner’s guide for setting up smart home.

Get reliable internet connections:

The smart home relies heavily on internet connection and WIFI network. It will keep your communication with smart appliances flowing without any interruption or disconnection. The poor internet speed will make your life miserable in the smart home experimentation. Therefore, get a fast and reliable internet service at a cost-effective rate. Internet speed of 100 Mbps will be good for a small family of 4-5 individuals.

Choose a Hub:

A hub connects all your devices to one source. The commonly used smart hubs are Virtual Voice-Controlled Assistants. There are three most popular hubs Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri.

Amazon’s Alexa:

Amazon’s Alexa is easy to set up. Its smallest speaker Echo Dot is available for only $50 USD. It is a broadly supported smart home hub with third-party capabilities. Alexa has more than 10,000 Skills. Amazon’s Echo products are compatible with apple and android devices.

Alexa works with a wide range of home accessories. First, buy an echo product. Download the Alexa app on your smartphone. You can add skills of Alexa through the app hence increasing its capabilities. You can summon Alexa by calling her name, “Alexa!”.

The negative side of echo products is that the speakers are generally of mediocre quality. Secondly, Amazon doesn’t take responsibility for how third part products use your data.

Buy products that work with Alexa and you can control heat, light, and fans from a distance.

Google Assistant:

Google Home Assistant starts at a price of $100. It is $50 more than Amazon’s standard Echo speakers. However, Google Assistant is smarter than Alexa and Siri in terms that it is powered by the world’s biggest search engine ‘Google’. The smartphones running on the newer versions of Android have a built-in Assistant.

The range of products supporting Assistant is way less than the ones supported by Alexa. Google’s privacy policy on data collection seems generic and doesn’t specify how Google uses your data. Additionally, calling ‘Ok, Google‘ seems annoying than just shouting ‘Alexa’.

Apple’s Siri:

Apple products are admired for their strict privacy. Same is the case with Siri. It is best among all the hubs in terms of keeping your data secure through the process of encryption. Besides, the home kit integration on devices makes it much easier to set up Siri with home accessories.

The downside of Apple’s Siri is that it is only compatible with Apple devices. Furthermore, the number of appliances supporting Siri is far less in number than Google Assistant or Amazon Echo.

Get Smart Lights:

Lightning is the first thing that sets a smart home apart from a regular home. Many smart lights directly connect to the WIFI and provide services without the inclusion of a smart hub. However, you can also attach them to WIFI and sync them with the hub to get the benefit of controlling them from a single point.

Get Smart Thermostats:

Smart thermostats will manage the temperature of your house depending on your presence. It cuts down on the electricity bill while providing comfort. Thermostats will automatically detect the room you are in and adjust the heating and cooling, accordingly. You can also make adjustments through the smart hub.

Get Safe:

Sync your security camera and doorbells with your mobile devices. The smart devices will notify you of any unusual activity in your house. Additionally, you can remotely control lights in your house to make it look occupied in your absence.

Benefits of Smart Home:

The consumer interest in smart homes is increasing with passing time. With smart home technology, you can delegate important tasks to a smart hub. It frees up your mind and tasks are automatically executed without your intervention. Here is what will happen when you set up your smart home:

  • You can check up on your children’s safety at home while being away.
  • The cost of electricity will diminish
  • The heating cost will drop.
  • Safety will be ensured with automatic locks and alarm systems.
  • You will have full control of all appliances and gadgets.

Conclusion:

Technology advancement is targeted at increasing convenience at the user’s end. Nothing can quadruple your convenience more than a smart home. Invest in smart home technology for your peace of mind and start enjoying your life.

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