Below are four things to remember as you start to integrate all the technology in your smart home.
Pick the Right Hub
The first thing to remember as you’re working towards full smart home integration is that every hub has a list of different applications with which it does and does not work.
While some of the big ones like Amazon’s Alexa or Samsung’s SmartThings will work with virtually any application, some of the more niche units don’t have quite as broad a reach.
It’s important to do some research on your hub of choice to ensure that you’ll be able to integrate all the tools you plan on using.
If you’re planning on using only a few specific application, a niche hub unit may actually be perfect for you. However, if you’re plan to adapt your system overtime, you will want something with a wider range of options.
Remember the Big Systems
If you really want to create a great smart home environment, you need to focus on more than just gadgets. You need to think about the systems in your home.
There are great devices like smart thermometers that can help you take control of your air conditioning and heating, for example, so remember to include them in your smart home plans as well. You should also think about your security system, your lights, and even your appliances. Bringing in the big systems makes your smart home feel much more useful.
Check Your Network
One thing that many would-be smart technology enthusiasts forget is that it’s your home’s Wi-Fi network that is going to have to do a lot of the heavy lifting. While even having a handful of fairly big smart products in your home should have a negligible impact on how well your system works, you’ll want to ensure that you have an up-to-date Wi-Fi system that covers your entire home and that can handle multiple devices at one time.
As you expand your network of devices, it might be a good idea to invest in a new router or even a series of repeaters to expand your range.
Know the Ranges
Finally, make sure that you know the range of each device. While some devices like smart thermostats and security systems might have connective ranges large enough to cover an entire property, other small gadgets might need to be placed closer to your hub in order to communicate.
As a rule, anything that operates via Wi-Fi should be safe to place where you like, but devices that require Bluetooth connectivity might need to be placed closer to your central control unit.
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The good news is that smart home technology really is meant to integrate into one cohesive experience. If you’re clear about your choice of central control hub, integrate the right equipment and pay attention to your network, you’ll get much more out of the technology you choose to use in your home.
Don’t be afraid to play around with new additions or to upgrade your existing equipment—half the fun of smart home technology is seeing just what you can do with your new equipment.
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