Internet of Things: How To Turn Your Home Into A Smart Home

Internet of Things: How To Turn Your Home Into A Smart Home

Understanding a Smart Home

What exactly is a smart home?

Depending on who you ask, that seemingly simple question can have a variety of answers. A "smart home," at its core, is equipped with devices that automate tasks and/or allow remote access. These can be built into a building or added later, and they can be controlled through a variety of means, such as apps, remotes, switches, voice commands, or artificial intelligence.

How to Make Your House a Smart Home

Almost everything in your home, including air conditioners, thermostats, lights, and garage doors, can be linked to the internet and controlled remotely via a mobile device or smart speaker. However, establishing a so-called smart home can be confusing: there are a variety of accessories that work only with specific products, and some work better than others. 

Here's a short guide to help you sort through the confusion and get to know your first voice-controlled smart home.

  • Choose Your Assistant
  • Virtual voice-controlled assistants such as Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant, and Amazon's Alexa make it simple to control smart home products by speaking simple commands such as "Alexa, turn on the lights." Each of these tools has advantages and disadvantages, so choose the one that is most likely to meet your needs.

  • Choose Your Hardware
  • Following the selection of your virtual assistant, you will be able to select a piece of hardware that will serve as your primary smart home controller.

  • Put Your Assistant to Work
  • This would be installing and setting up your chosen assistant.


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