5 Tips to understanding what is happening at home without a camera
Some years ago, the idea of remotely controlling things at home by using your smartphone would have seemed like science fiction. The year 2017 changed all that and became the year of the smart home.
Technology continues to grow, and now you do not need a camera to know what is happening in your home. You can now control your air-conditioner, thermostat, garage door, and lights by connecting to the internet.
However, setting up a smart home is challenging. You need different accessories that work only with specific products. Here are five tips to understand what is happening at home without a camera.
1. Find your Smart Assistance.
There are virtual voice-controlled assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Innovative Sight & Sound that make it easy to control your home. All you have to do is speak simple commands like “Alexa, open the garage door.
Each assistant has its strengths and limitations. You need to look for the one that will work for you. Amazon’s Alexa is the most supported smart home hub. Alexa has more than 10,000 skills. The smartest speaker, Echo Dot, is the cheapest smart home controller in the market.
Google Assistant is the smartest since it uses Google search, meaning you can also use it to do some research. Apple’s Siri is the easiest to install since it is integrated the Apple’s HomeKit into its mobile device. Go online and search for these assistants to get more information before purchasing.
2. Choose your hardware.
Now you can choose hardware that will become your main smart home controller. Amazon’s Alexa uses Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Show.
Google Assistant uses Google Home and latest Android Smartphones. Apple’s Siri uses iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch. With your virtual assistant and hardware in place, you can now control your home.
3. Put your Assistant to Work.
If you want to get started with a smart home quickly, go for Amazon’s Alexa and Echo products. Alexa works with a broad set of smart home accessories than all the others. The smart speaker has a touch screen, which you summon by saying “Alexa.”
To set up your smart home assistant, you have to download the app onto your phone. The app will allow you to add “skill” to work your smart home accessories when you are away from home. Some accessories rely on Wi-Fi, and their response depends on the signal strength. However, others require a smart plug.
4. Know When Something is Wrong.
The different assistants will tell you something is not working correctly. You do not have to inspect the smart accessories to find which one is not working.
For instance, if your smart light is not working; Alexa cannot turn it on and will respond by telling you to check the bulb.
5. Integration of the Smart Home Device.
Integration of the smart home devices is now the next step to the future. The smart homes remind you that you have not turned off all the lights, you have not locked up, and a lot more. Homeowners do not have to worry about forgetting some roles in their house.
The only problem with smart homes is that we are sharing our physical footprint with the internet and this could lead to a security and privacy breach.