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5 Things You Should Consider Before Going Smart With Your Home

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Technology has revolutionized the way we view and live our lives. Tasks previously considered “human only” tasks can now be handled by taping a few buttons on your laptop computer, smart phone, smart screens and snap! It’s done.

For instance, decades ago, if you needed to prepare grill chicken for your family’s dinner, you would have to be involved in every step of the process, right? Cutting, marinating, grilling, every step would require your attention. Today, however, technology allows you to automate some of those activities. You mustn’t be involved in every step of the process, because there are smart devices to handle some aspects for you. With your Smart Grill, all you need to do is marinate your chicken, deliver it into the grill, turn on the machine and the rest is history. Smart Grills can regulate the heat and monitor your chicken’s level of doneness till it is ready. At the end, your chicken is properly grilled, and you don’t have to monitor every step. So, you save time and energy just by employing the right technology.

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Your Home plus Smart Tech equals Smart Home

Home automation is simply the use of smart technology to control appliances, gadgets, and other home attributes. It is one of the most discussed technology topics today. Many home owners are going from living their regular home experience to employing smart technologies to help run their homes.

For house owners looking to automate their homes, adequate planning is key. Though there are many companies that can help you plan and install your smart home devices, sometimes you would want to start the automation yourself. This may be for the love, interest and the understanding you have for techy stuffs. Maybe you are on a budget and wouldn’t want to get those companies involved. Still, maybe you want to start small, then scale higher at your convenience, and it wouldn’t make sense to involve those big tech companies with such a small budget. For whichever reason, you need to consider some important factors before you start the process. If you opt to hire specialists to handle the job, there are yet some consideration to make to avoid mistakes. If you must get it done, you should as well do it the right way, right?

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At a glance

  • Why go smart with your Home?
  • Ensure compatibility across different brands
  • Your existing home network capabilities
  • Secure your Remote access
  • Consider a maintenance budget
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1. Why go smart with your Home?

First things first, what goals do you have for home your automation? Is it for extra security? Is it to automate your kitchen for less stressful cooking? To automate the boring tasks when you are too tired to handle them? Or is it simply so that you won’t have to walk to the table to pick up the TV remote and change the channel? Would you rather have Alexa handle it for you? Whatever your goal is, it is important to be clear about it, especially for budgeting purposes. Your budget may not be big enough to cover everything that you would like to automate. Working out your goals helps you know what is most important to you at the moment. You can always scale up once it is convenient.

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2. Ensure compatibility across different brands

Next stop, it’s time for you to make a note of the gadgets that will be required. This step will depend on the conclusion you had from considering your smart home goals, the first step. There are various tech companies selling varieties of smart home devices. With little research, you can easily determine which is best suited for your needs.

While sourcing though, be sure to check for compatibility between devices. Of course, you will sync some of them with other devices to work as a unit, therefore, ensuring compatibility is quite important. Some brands are incompatible with gadgets of other brands. For networking gadgets especially, sticking to the same manufacturer is strongly advised. Not because mixing things up a bit is not fun, but as stated earlier, some brands have compatibility issues.

3. Your existing home network capabilities

Chances are that there is some kind of networking system installed in your home already. If you there is none, no problems, you can plan for it all at once. But if there is and you plan to incorporate it into your smart home setup, then you would want to check their strength and capabilities. Your networking gadgets, electricity wirings and other appliances must be capable of withstanding the demands of the new gadgets. For instance, check the bandwidth of your router, consider the age and specifications of your electric cables. With that done, you will know if making adjustments or changes is necessary.

4. Secure your Remote access

Most Smart home network today have remote access functionality and remote access means that your setup is connected to the internet. In order for you to access your smart home from remote distances, it must be internet enabled. However, the implication is that there are risks of unauthorized access by individuals with ill intensions.

Anything connected to the internet can be hacked

— Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist, Thycotic

Be wary of leaving loopholes in your network connection as they could be readily exploited.

Tips to help you secure your Remote Access

  • Change the default usernames and passwords of your devices.
  • Use a firewall between your internet connections and the devices on your network. You can enable the firewall on your router. Also, enable your laptops or desktop firewall.
  • Enable security protocols in your router when using Wi-Fi.
  • Enable security features in your mobile devices like smartphones, tablets used to access your smart home network.
  • Securing your remote access must be the outmost thing in your mind while planning your home automation. You don’t want an intruder spying on you through your own security camera or some internet fraudster looking to steal sensitive information from your devices.
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5. Consider having a maintenance budget

Maintenance is necessary to keep your smart home up and running. You may be required to add or remove devices on occasions to keep it going. A good maintenance plan must be in place to achieve durability. You can have a separate budget from your initial setup budget to support any eventuality.

To install and run an automated home, you don’t have to be a genus. It takes only adequate planning, sourcing, some security modalities and a good maintenance plan to get it up and running.

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