Smart homes are just like any other house, with extra lights, switches, thermostats and more control options. Yet these additional controls bring difficulty and can help you create a better smart home by learning how they function.
In the press, we’ve discussed what a smarthome is, and also given advice to hubs, voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assitant, or how to set up a proper smarthome. But before you set up your first smarthome or update an established smarthome, it’s important to understand how they work when you determine what to add to it. It’s all about the electronics and brains, with smart homes.
They all have something in common when it comes to the gadgets that power up your smart home: a radio. The difference among your smart computer and a non-smart version is a transmitter, whether it’s Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-wave, Bluetooth or proprietary.
Your smarthome needs a brain
By now, you’re supposed to know when you’re talking to your Echo or Google Home devices; they relay your voice for analysis to Amazon and Google servers. Without that, voice assistants don’t understand a thing you’re saying. The fact is, almost all (if not all) of your smart gadgets function in a similar manner. Think about your smarthome’s servers or hubs (and rarely both) as the brains. Here’s the intellect. Not in the device itself, and not in the software or physical remotes you are using to go communicate with. And those servers and hubs require additional on and off capabilities beyond.
But the thing to remember is that more than one set of brains can be in your smarthome. Your Google Home connects to Google servers; your Philips Hue bulbs connect to a Philips hub, Lutron to their cloud, etc.
Add Additional Devices Thoughtfully
That isn’t to say that a variety and combination of radio styles and manufacturers can’t fit well with your house. The best approach also means going outside of the current mix. You won’t find (at least not yet) Ecobee Light Bulbs, but it doesn’t mean you should not use smart bulbs in combination with your Ecobee thermostat.
But the more you’ll be able to restrict the leaps you make through various hubs and servers, the safer off your home. And then seek to select a “dominant” or “order” brain when it’s unavoidable.
And your best option is to begin with a clear understanding of how your smarthome devices communicate and what determines those interactions.