Monday September 16, 2019
Today’s technology allows you to use apps on your phone to make your home a smart home. Some of these apps are simple to install and some are more difficult, but all of them are easy to use and come in enough variety that just one of them may do everything you need to turn your home into an intelligent place to be.
Here are some of the best on the market.
SmartThings by Samsung
SmartThings is an all-encompassing term covering the hardware and software aspects of home automation. The system attempts to provide a single point of control for all your smart home devices and supports an endless array of third-party products.
Another plus is its ease of set-up to create a variety of automated rules and alerts to take full advantage of the newly smart home. In a few months, Samsung will be adding a speech recognition device, such as Amazon’s Alexa, making your smart home voice-activated.
Ninja Blocks is a cloud-based app that works with your smartphone. It is a small, customizable device allowing connectivity to a variety of sensors to monitor and control what’s happening in your home whether you are there or not.
The starter kit includes a temperature and humidity sensor, wireless motion sensor and a wireless doorbell sensor. There are more sensors to add as your needs expand.
The software lets you set your own rules for controlling and monitoring a variety of things in your home such as appliances, thermostats, windows and your front door.
Ninja Blocks is an open-source, home-automation system that is easy to set up and coordinate with all of your favorite web apps.
WeMo will especially appeal to Alexa owners as this simple device works with Amazon’s Alexa as well as Google Assistant and Apple Homekit.
This one may be the easiest of all to install. All you do to install WeMo is plug in a WeMo Switch, download the free app and start controlling and monitoring your lights and small appliances from anywhere in the world you and your smartphone happen to be. There are no hubs or subscriptions to buy.
With WeMo, you will never again come home to a dark house. You can synchronize your lights to sunrise, sunset or any other time of day or night. Do the same with small appliances and never worry about whether you unplugged that coffee maker or fan again.
WeMo works with any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 and higher or iOS8 and higher. It also works with Google’s Nest Thermostat so your lights and appliances can tell when you’re home and when you’re not.
MYQ Smart Garage
The Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener allows you to open and close your garage from anywhere there is an internet connection. You can also set custom alerts and monitor whether your door is open or closed.
MyQ is supported by Google Assistant, Homekit and IFTTT as long as you pay the subscription price for these. If you choose to pay up, the MyQ system offers the most comprehensive smart garage door compatibility available today.
All of these home systems offer a thorough and inexpensive way to keep your home safe and secure 24 hours a day whether you are home or away. Install any of these to gain a little more peace of mind, which is so necessary in today’s bustling world.
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