Smart Home for Newbie

If you know nothing about smart home and you want to learn about it the easy way, I will tell you how:

Just book an appointment with Amazon Smart Home Consultation.

Go to: http://amazon.com/smart and click on “Smart Home Consultation”.  I was able to schedule an in home visit the next day.

When the guy showed up, he showed me some products.  Then I was able to bombard him with questions like cost, standard, use scenarios.

My opinions include:

  • Smart homes stuff are expensive.  If you think you can reduce your monthly bill (electricity, gas, etc), you need to be creative. 
  • Smart homes may fetch you a better home selling price if done right.
  • The current 3 major players are Google Home, Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alex.
  • The lack of a universal standard makes it hard to integrate every devices easily.
  • Smart homes offer you some minor convenience, turn things (light, garage door, door, etc) on/off
  • Smart home is cool.  You can control everything in your house using voice.  The light setting, sound system, TV are all fun to play with.
  • The foundation of smart home is a wireless network that covers your whole house.  So you will need a good home wifi router or a good mesh network like Google Wifi or Eero.
  • If you want voice commands, then you can buy Amazon Echo / Dot with Alexa or Google Home.
  • Then you can get smart lights, home security stuff, TV, sounds, plugs, thermostats.
  • Note that every device likes to come with their own hub. 
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