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Smart Home Ecosystems: How To Make Your Home Intelligent!


There was the time when the connected home and the prototypes of smart systems seem far-fetched and quite complicated. However, things have changed now and building a smart home, today, is not as intimidating and overwhelming.

Further, smart home need not be the home of science fiction with crazy robots and gadgets in every corner. It simply means replacing the traditional gadgets with the appliances and accessories featuring the connected and automated versions like having smart lights, bulbs, a smart thermostat and advanced security systems and more.

What is a smart home?

The smart home is all about connecting technology to your home internet.  It offers the convenience and gives you the ease to control everything in real time, either from a connected app or your smartphone. Further, the smart home gadgets also give you the ease to access data on things like security, access to a smart security camera, smart energy, smart monitors and more.  It will also give you the ease to control everything automatically with the sensors and smart tech.


Starting with the construction of a smart home

How to start a smart home depends on three things, i.e. budget, time and things that you want to incorporate. Previously, the smart home was just picking one connected home gadget and get going with other devices. However, it's more about having a smart ecosystem or smart home hub to install.

Smart home ecosystem means choosing things like how you want to control your home, whether you want to set up home automation or you simply want to control things automatically.


How to build a smart home ecosystem

Once you are up with the decision that whether or not you want a smart home hub or you want a controlled, the next thing is to install is selecting products that would work with your ecosystem.  The most common category in the smart home ecosystem is installing kitchen appliances, doorbells, baby monitors, cameras, networking, security system, a smart thermostat and more.

Here’s the rundown of the things to help you get started with the smart home ecosystem:


Smart speakers

Voice-Controlling speakers will become your home’s command centre and will work as your assistant to access other smart devices. Bring them to your home and control everything with voice commands. This will also give you ease to command by being in one place. Further, not all speakers offer high quality, so pick the one that offers a wide array of features and smart functions.


Smart lighting

Smart bulbs help you save a lot of energy and will also help you secure your home. So, turn your basic, regular, lights with the smart bulbs. While the smart bulbs need a separate hub to connect, some bulbs can connect directly to your speakers.


Smart plugs

A smart plug is an adapter that will help you turn your simple applications into the smart appliances. These plugs use Wi-Fi to give you full control of the device from anywhere, with a connected app.

The smart home ecosystem needs a little more effort for installation; however, once they are set up, they can go a long way offering peace of mind to you and your family.

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Topics: How To, Home Improvement, Inspo

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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