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    Smart Home 101
    ​Feeling stumped by smart home technology? Here’s everything you need to know about how a smart home works – and how it can help simplify your life.  
    What is a smart home?

    What is a smart home?

    A ‘smart home’ is one that runs just the way you want. By connecting your home’s appliances and electrical systems – such as lighting, heating and security – smart home technology lets you automate everyday tasks and control a variety of WiFi-enabled gadgets using your phone or connected device. In short, it’s home automation made simple, giving you the power to set routines and command your property from anywhere. Smart home is also referred to as the ‘the internet of things’ (IoT). Leading players in smart home tech include Google, Nest, ecobee and Philips.
    Essential smart home products

    Essential smart home products

    There are a number of smart products available to turn your home into a convenient, automated space. From entertainment devices like smart TVs and speakers to the latest in home security, here are a few smart gadgets to get you started. 
    Smart home environment

    Smart home environment

    Smart voice assistants and wireless speakers offer a great way to manage your devices – and your day – hands-free. From Amazon Echo to Google Home, these high-tech assistants play songs, give you personalized help with your schedule and much more.    


    Another easy way to introduce smart technology into your home is with a smart thermostat. These handy devices let you control the temperature of your home using your smartphone, tablet or PC. WiFi thermostats by brands like ecobee, Nest and Honeywell go one step further, learning your climate habits, adapting to your schedule and even helping to reduce energy bills. Coupled with smart sensors, smart thermostats can also adjust temperature from one room to the next, giving you ultimate comfort control.  


    In addition to making your home more convenient, smart home technology can also make it safer. Smart detectors and sensors send real-time alerts whenever smoke, carbon monoxide or flooding is detected. False alarm? Hush it from anywhere with a swipe of your smartphone.    


    Smart plugs and power bars allow you to make almost any electric device ‘smart’. Plugs by brands like Geeni let you control connected appliances from your phone, so you never have to worry again about whether you turned something off.


    Smart lighting

    Smart lighting

    Wireless smart lighting systems bring your home to life by creating the right ambience for every moment. Bulbs, dimmer switches and starter kits let you control your lights remotely – but that’s just the beginning. Develop a pre-set lighting schedule to make it look like you’re home when you’re not, or set your lights to change colour for reading or watching a movie. Bulbs by brands like Philips Hue feature millions of colours and shades to choose from and can be easily adjusted using voice control. Plus, smart lighting can help you save on energy bills thanks to efficient, long-lasting LED technology.

    Smart security

    Smart security

    The best smart security systems offer front door solutions that allow you to check, grant and restrict access to your home easily, even when you’re away. From key-free deadbolts you can lock from your phone to video doorbells that let you see and speak to visitors, there are a number of options available. Smart security cameras by brands like Nest, EZVIZ and Ring are another great way to monitor and protect your property. Check in from anywhere, day or night, and watch live stream video on your connected device. Plus, you’ll receive phone or email alerts whenever suspicious activity is detected.

    What is a smart home ecosystem?

    What is a smart home ecosystem?

    Setting up a smart home is easier than ever, but before you start your home upgrade, consider what ecosystem you want to build off. A smart home ecosystem connects your devices together and ensures they communicate effectively. Not all smart products are designed to work on the same platform, so compatibility is key. Our ‘shop by compatibility’ section makes it easy to find products that will work with your system, whether that’s Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, Nest or Samsung SmartThings. By choosing products designed to work together, you can enjoy quick and easy setup, as well as create ‘scenes’ – a feature where multiple gadgets spring into action at once. For example, commanding a “movie” scene could cause your blinds to be drawn, the lights dimmed and the popcorn maker to turn on. 


    What kind of WiFi do I need?

    What kind of WiFi do I need?

    You’ll need a stable internet connection to keep your smart home products working properly and ensure you receive real-time alerts. Install your smart devices in a place with strong signal, such as near the WiFi hub, or use a WiFi extender to broaden your range.