How to Upgrade to a Smart Home

Controlling your home with your palm was once considered science fiction. But it is now part of daily life for many. Smart homes are possible thanks to technology. You can control everything from your front door to your sprinkler system from the couch, or even while away from work.

Adding smart devices to your house can simplify your life but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Continue reading to learn how smart devices can be integrated into your home.

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Getting started

Before you get started in smart home technology, here are some things to keep in mind.

Check your internet connection

To power your smart home, you will need strong wireless connections. There may be many devices already connected to your Wi-Fi network. Your Wi-Fi network may be affected if your connection is slow or you add smart devices.

Here’s a list of things you can do in order to improve your connectivity and prepare for adding smart devices.

  • Check your plan. Are you aware of how fast your internet connections are? You may be paying too much for a slower internet connection.
  • Upgrade your router and modem. Multi-devices can reduce your bandwidth, but modems and routers that have faster download speeds can handle more traffic without sacrificing bandwidth.
  • Move your router and modem. Your devices should not be placed in enclosed spaces. Place them in the open to keep your Wi Fi’s signal strong.
  • A Wi-Fi booster can be used to increase the signal strength so that you have strong access from every part of your house.

Choose a virtual assistant

If you are only looking to add a few smart devices to your home, you might be able control them through an app on your smartphone. If you plan to add smart devices to your home, however, it may be worth investing in a virtual assistant.

A smart speaker comes with a virtual assistant that can answer questions or perform commands when you speak, or use the assistant app on your phone. There are many virtual assistants available, including Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The smart device you buy will depend on the virtual assistant you choose and the smart speaker you use. Not all smart speakers are compatible with all assistants. Before you buy, make sure it is compatible with your setup.

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Choose your gadgets

There are smart devices for every room of your home. These are some of the most popular ways to incorporate your existing gadgets and appliances into your smart system.

Smart plugs

Add smart connectors to transform small appliances and electronics into devices that you can control remotely via your virtual assistant. It’s easy to make coffee in the morning, or start your slow cooker at work so you have dinner ready when you return home. The smart plug can be plugged into any standard outlet. This makes it affordable for smart-home living.

Smart light bulbs

Smart bulbs are similar to standard light bulbs, and come in many styles. Install the smart bulbs as normal and you can control the lights with voice commands or your smartphone. Smart bulbs consume less energy than regular light bulbs, and they can be controlled even when you aren’t there.

Smart doorbells

Most smart doorbells have cameras to increase home security. You can receive an alert if there is any movement in your home. Other varieties will also send you an email if you are not there. You can also tune in to view a recorded or live feed of who is at the door. Smart doorbells can also save recordings for later use

, making them a great option for home security.

Smart locks

Forgetting your keys is a thing of the distant future with a smart lock. Smart locks can lock your doors remotely from your smartphone. Others can also be unlocked using your fingerprint or a numerical code. You can also let guests in remotely, or give babysitters or pet sitters a unique access code they can use to turn on and off.

Smart thermostats

Adding a smart thermostat to your home can improve your comfort and lower your energy bills. Smart thermostats detect your presence and adjust the heating and cooling system accordingly. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature and airflow based on when you return from work or at night. Some smart thermostats can also sense temperature in multiple rooms by using sensors located around the house.

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

A smart smoke detector will sound an alarm when you are at home, and send an alert to you via your phone if there is danger. This gives you peace of mind even when you’re not there.

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Security tips

Smart devices can be connected to the internet. It is important to protect your data from cybercriminals. These are some tips to help protect your devices:

  • Change the name of your Wi-Fi router with something new, but don’t include your name or address.
  • Change the default username/password for your smart phones.
  • Enable multifactor authentication. This requires multiple pieces to prove your identity.
  • Create strong passwords for your apps and devices. Avoid passwords that contain data such as your birthday.
  • Disable device features you don’t use.
  • Keep your devices current with the most recent firmware to ensure they run efficiently.

It can be time-consuming to make your home a smart home. It’s not easy to find the right smart additions. But, once you do, you’ll be able to see why this was such a great idea.

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