Smart Home Technologies

Smart home technology is no longer a luxury only available to the wealthy or tech-savvy, and the industry has responded with ever sophisticated solutions. While many people associate this automation with devices like Google’s Nest, Amazon’s Echo or Apple’s HomeKit the term”smart home” is more inclusive than that, and covers numerous options for your home. They range from remote-controlled lighting and heating to CCTV, home security systems, doorbells and smart locks. Some allow you to keep track of children pet, elderly relatives and other pets as well as monitor electricity or water use; and more.

Integration is the primary ingredient of the success of a smart home system. This is why the best devices are those that can work with other systems and devices to make your home smarter. A smart light bulb, for instance, can communicate with the central hub to schedule your lights to a set schedule or turn them off after you leave the house. Or a video doorbell can warn you of any visitors and trigger your alarm system to call the police or fire department. Once you’ve learned IFTTT (If This Then That) and Stringify, you can utilize services like Stringify to automate your devices in more complex ways.

Of course, bringing in new smart devices to the home comes with certain issues. CNET works hard to understand company policies, raise privacy concerns and direct questions to companies.

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