Building a Home Automation Network is not as Frivolous as You Think

Building a Home Automation Network is not as Frivolous as You Think
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    Building a home automation network is becoming more and more mainstream.

    It shouldn't be hard to see why; home automation isn't a new concept, but it's been taken to a whole other level with the internet.

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Now, not only can you flip a switch to turn on a light, that light can also communicate with other smart devices, send you information, and take your commands, all through the internet.

You can control all of your home’s operations with the push of a button or voice commands. Imagine monitoring and running  your home using an interface on your computer! How cool is that?

Thankfully these simple but cool operations are relatively inexpensive. The more complex operations such as surveillance cameras will cost you more however.

The Basics

First you should become familiar with these common terms:  “Home Automation,”  “Connected Devices” and “Internet of Things”. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they actually have very different meanings within the context of smart homes. For what these terms mean in the context of smart homes, see this article. http://www.networkworld.com/article/2874914/internet-of-things/what-is-home-automation-and-how-do-i-get-started.html

How to Start Building a Home Automation Network

To start building a home automation network, you should first know a bit about how all of the technology is setup.

Home automation uses different communication protocols. Some are wired, some wireless, and some a combination of both.

You generally want to stick with one protocol. For more information about the various communication protocols and also some noteworthy home automation appliances, check out this awesome article from pcmag. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410889,00.asp

Why Build a Home Automation Network?

You may take a look at the prices of some of the most popular home automation devices and think that the functions offered are gimmicky and unnecessary. However, your house becomes smarter and stronger the more connected devices there are in your home.  A smart home that has reached its full potential will know your location and your wants/needs, all without us having to tell it anything.

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Benefits of Building a Home Automation Network

Building a home automation network is a fun endeavor,  but not the cheapest type of home remodeling project. So what other benefits can you obtain?

  1. Savings
    When devices communicate with each other you can save more money on electricity and water.
  1. Flexibility
    You can control many things in your home while you are away using your smartphone and apps.
  1. Luxuries
    There are many cool luxuries, such as a door that opens when you approach. But there are also useful conveniences such as a Wi-Fi enabled doorbell that you can “answer” from anywhere in the world.
  1. Security notifications
    You can receive live video feed, email and text alerts on various different security systems such as Wi-Fi enabled cameras, motion sensors and smart smoke alarms.
  1. Disaster prevention
    Make your home be its own watchman. Your smart home can let you know about many potential hazards such as water leaks, heat, humidity levels, motion, carbon monoxide, etc, through smart sensor technology. Your home will alert you directly wherever you are.

So what are you waiting for? There is plenty of information out there for you to start building a home automation network, so don’t be afraid to jump right in, and share this article with your friends to give home automation the push it needs!

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