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Home Automation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Home Automation For Dummies

By Dwight Spivey

Smart home automation is an emerging and fascinating market, and almost every tech company is dipping its toes into the water to see whether ripples will become waves. An endless sea of options exists, many of them new to the market (as you might be, too), and it’s difficult to know which brands to trust. This Cheat Sheet helps you cull through the best-reviewed products for the most popular smart home automation tasks, lighting, and temperature control.

Best Smart Home Lighting

When it comes to smart home lighting, the market has become, and is still being, flooded by competitors. As more folks begin to outfit their lives and homes with smart devices, automated lighting is becoming one of the fastest-growing segments in smart home automation. Automated lighting not only saves time and money, but it also provides a quick and easy gateway into the world of home automation.

Here is a list (in no particular order) of the best-reviewed smart home lighting systems and devices (that is, bulbs) out there so that you can simply come here when it’s time to shop.

A word of advice: Each of these bulbs has its own way of connecting to your network and allowing you to access and control it, but most are also compatible with one of the smart hubs that you can utilize to control devices from multiple manufacturers. If you have one of these smart hubs, check with its manufacturer to be sure your new bulbs are compatible with it.

Top Smart Home Thermostats

Smart home thermostats are becoming quite the rage, and rightly so. Their advantages over older thermostats are through the roof, and you can control them from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet. That’s right: You do not have to be standing in front of them to adjust them.

The convenience factor, along with the energy savings that can be realized by using one, makes a smart thermostat a good investment for folks looking to get a bit more serious about automating their home.

This list (in no particular order) is intended to give you one place to go to find all the best smart thermostats available today. Most smart home thermostat manufacturers do a good job of listing compatibility information on their websites, so be sure to look them over before making a purchase.

Great Wi-Fi Routers for Your Smart Home

Smart home automation wouldn’t be very smart without one thing: a Wi-Fi network in your home. A Wi-Fi network is essential so that you can interact with your smart home devices while you’re actually away from home, and some of them may only work with Wi-Fi, as opposed to one or more of the other home automation communication protocols.

If you are somewhat tapped in to the digital lifestyle, you probably already have a Wi-Fi system in your home. Your Internet service provider may have given you a wireless router to use with its service. If so, there’s a very good chance the router will work just fine with your home automation devices, so you may want to stick with it.

However, if you’re looking to upgrade your Wi-Fi system or purchase your first one, you might want to review the following devices (listed in no particular order).