One of the first chores that comes with installing a smart home system is the set-up. If you’ve had enough trouble setting up your computer, then don’t expect a smart home to be any easier. A smart home needs to be put together like a puzzle, piece-by-piece.
Some of the first pieces of your smart home can be home appliance like refrigerators, washing machines, and thermostats. Then would come the creature comforts such as the flat-screen TV, bath, all the way down to the coffee maker. In the process of making these upgrades, you run the risk of overlooking some finer details. This articles will guide you through everything you need to know about building a smart home.
The entity that guides you through the process of activating each component is your “assistant.” Smart home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri by simply talking to them. Many assistants are engaged with via a home speaker device or you can even interact with them on the go via an iPhone app.
How you interact with your assistant, and how they respond, varies based on the company they’re from. Alexa is built into Amazon’s Echo products, and hosts 10,000 skills and cross-capabilities. Installation of Echo software can be troublesome and you have to interact with the Echo speaker itself. Siri is more resilient, but will have trouble understanding your requests.
Every retailer will be advertising some sort of smart home bundle deal that might fit your plans. Whether the offers come from Best Buy, Amazon, or Target, the costs may outweigh your budget. In this case, it’s better to start small and work your way up.
As covered above, the first purchase is the assistant speaker hub. When selecting that item, look for another small home accessory that is compatible with that device. These could be security based like door cameras and sensors. Others can be more aesthetic like adjustable lighting. Added up, you can turn that house in Calgary into a smart home that’s the envy of the neighborhood.
After purchasing your smart home products, the next step is setting them up. This process will be more involved than simply plugging them in and turning them on. They have to be able to adapt to your home environment.
The way your home is already structured can determine how well your smart appliances will communicate. Placing the hub too close to a Wi-Fi router, for instance, will cause signal interference. Building materials such as bricks and copper wiring might have the same affect.
Concerns over privacy is at the heart of many first time smart home builders. Every time tech companies create new smart products, the user’s privacy gets overlooked. Devices collect data about your habits and use them to predict your next move.
Enjoying your privacy and technology means making changes. Cutting out social media interaction is one step. Facebook and other social platforms are the most invasive. Apple products, though are the most reliable when it comes to security. Run a background check on the company you plan to buy your smart tech from.