Creating a Smart Home

May 3, 2024

Designing your dream smart home could be well within reach, as nearly any home could become one with the right devices. Since there is often no need for large remodels or contractors, you can usually take many of these six steps yourself:

  1. Choose a smart home manager
  2. Install smart plugs
  3. Add smart devices
  4. Upgrade your WiFi
  5. Invest wisely

Choose A Smart Home Hub

Your smart home manager helps your devices communicate with one another, and with you. We recommend selecting a smart home manager with a speaker that allows you to use voice activation to perform tasks, such as turning on music or setting reminders. Many also include a smart display that can show you the status of smart devices, or feed in things like live video from security cameras.

Install Smart Plugs

Smart plugs are basically WiFi-enabled adapters that connect the plugged-in device with your smart home manager. This is one of the easiest ways to get started with smart home technology, and a typical first step for many homeowners. Smart plugs help you avoid installing totally new outlets, while also allowing you to set up the automation for your electronics as well as enabling voice commands to control those devices.

Add Smart Devices

Whether you are going all-in on upgrading your appliances to smart ones, or just starting with a select few, you need to make some decisions about how to build your network. A good place to start is either with a smart thermostat or smart light bulbs, both of which can help you start saving money on your electricity bill from day one.

Upgrade Your Wi-Fi

The more devices you have connected to your Wi-Fi, the more powerful your home network needs to be. You can increase your Wi-Fi power by:

  • Upgrading to faster WiFi, such as 5GHz or the newer 6GHz
  • Placing your router in a centralized spot that best reaches all of your devices
  • Keeping your router and its software updated
  • Getting a WiFi extender or mesh network to cover devices that struggle to reach your router signal

Invest Wisely

To save money when building your smart home system, you can gradually work your way up to more advanced devices. For example, determine which smart devices could serve you best in the beginning and add devices over time rather than all at once. Because smart devices are becoming increasingly popular, you can often find appliances and gadgets on sale during holidays and special events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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