Smart homes are the rage currently and growing in popularity. Manufacturers are creating products that allow people to turn their homes into smart homes. However, like any remodel before you add smart devices to your home, you should have a plan to help ease the transition. As with all things technology-related, research the products you are interested in avoiding headaches after you purchase them. Below is a list of things to consider when planning your smart home.
Many Brands With Many Apps
Smart home gadgets are trendy, and many manufacturers make similar products. If your not careful when purchasing these items, the result could be several brands and the accompanying apps. The result will be a confusing mess of trying to remember which app goes to which device.
To help alleviate this potential problem, try purchasing as many products (smart bulb, WiFi plugs, etc.) from the same manufacturer. This will help limit the number of apps and allow you to interface with multiple devices at once. Another option is to build your smart home around a smart assistant like Google Assistant or Alexa. These devices can interface with other different brands and allow you to control everything from one app.
How Much Hardware Do You Need?
When converting your home to a smart home, it is essential to remember you don’t have to convert everything at once. Start with one or two devices. Ensure that you can get it hooked up and working correctly. It is also important to consider the other people in your household and make sure they know how to use the devices.
One way to ease into a smart home is to start with a device or a particular room. As you add devices, you will get a feel for what you like and what you don’t. Starting small can also make adding new devices easier after you know how to. Lastly, starting small can help you budget and make the conversion less expensive because you can spread it out over time.
Not Enough Speakers
Voice control is great when you have the infrastructure to support it. Smart speakers are very helpful, but if it is located on the other end of the house, it might not be as beneficial. If you have a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, you can get Google Home Minis or Echo Dots. These are smaller speakers that can help control the devices around your house.
As you add smart devices to your home, naming and remember what goes where can be difficult. You may start with one smart bulb, but end up with 10. Instead of naming them Light 1 or Light 2 name them based on location, i.e., Living Room Lamp. Numbering the devices will make it harder to keep track of all of them. Grouping various devices in a room can make it easier to control. If you have multiple smart bulbs grouping they will allow you to say ‘turn off the lights’ and all of them respond.
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