Smart Connected Homes & Internet of Things:
So, What is a Smart Connected Home?
The answer is a home with smart devices such as Hive heating controls, Amazon Echo smart speakers or Hue lighting devices that connect to the internet for control when the user is away from the home.
This in turn also somewhat answers the question; What is the ‘Internet of Things’?
The internet of things is a term for the devices that we use that require access to internet connectivity to operate fully.
How do they work?
Many of the devices use a Smart Hub that connects to your router to gain access to the internet so that you are able to control them away from the home. This allows you to turn on the heating before you get home, set the lights to swtich on upon your arrival and even close the curtains at dusk. Some devices are constructed with a Wi-Fi chip meaning you can place them anywhere in the house you have a wireless internet signal. This is great for devices such as the Apple HomePod or Amazon Echo that can undertake a multitude of differing tasks from answering questions and finding recipes to playing music and reminding you of appointments in the calendar.
So why do we want these devices in our homes?
Well some of the devices can offer the promise of saving you money, some offer additional levels of comfort or security and some provide information and answers just by asking. Now the tricky part comes when we try to decide which device is best for us.
We will be looking at this over the next few weeks, in our future blog posts we will be focusing on smart devices in areas including lighting, heating, televisions, security, kitchen appliances and more. With our team here at Your PC Guru, already using many various devices themselves, we can offer first hand experience and knowledge of them.
The devices can save you time and money and they can help increase your energy efficiency, provide you energy insights about your home, create additional functionality of existing technology, maximise your home security and provide comfort and convenience.
So look out for our next blog post about Smart Lighting and let Your PC Guru help you to decide which devices are right for you and your home.