What is a smart device?
In simple terms, a smart device is basically a product that you use in your home or office, such as a smart doorbell, that is connected to the internet in order to give it increased functionality. Smart devices can be linked to a central hub (such as a smart speaker or an app on a phone) and can be accessed and controlled remotely.
If you connect to your broadband using WiFi and you have a smartphone or smart speaker then you’re already on the right path to a smart home or office
Smart lighting solutions such as smart switches and smart bulbs are a great way to remotely control the lights on your home or office. You can set up timers and even programme them to come on at dusk.
Smart bulbs have added functionality such as coloured lighting options and have the added bonus of being easy to set up and use with no fiddly wiring required.
Smart bulbs are ideal for lamps and other easy to access lights.
Smart switches can be used to remotely control appliances other than lighting but may be more complicated to fit to your home if you're not confident dealing with electrics. Smart switches are great for hard to reach lighting such as outside lights.
Connect your heating to the internet with a smart thermostat to control when the heating comes on, the temperature it’s set at and even instruct it to come on when you’re away so that it's the right temperature when you get back to the property.
‘Geofencing’ lets you set up a virtual boundary within a real location. The software or app can then detect when a mobile device is in or out of the area and control the heating to either come on or switch off accordingly.
Smart thermostats are relatively easy to install and set up
A video doorbell is a great addition to your property, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to ‘answer’ the door without physically having to be there. Wired and non-wired options are available with battery operated doorbells making it simple to install a smart doorbell even if there was no doorbell previously.
Monitor and accept deliveries via the app when you are unable to answer the door.
Motion sensors let you know when someone is there even if they don’t ring the doorbell.
Smart Security Camera
Making sure your home or office is secure is easy to do with a smart security camera. Simple to install and set up, you’ll be able to make sure everything is as it should be even when you're away on holiday.
Record and save high quality video when motion is detected
Notify you when motion is detected so you can see what’s happening in real-time.
Smart Pet Camera
If you want to know what your pet gets up to while you’re out of the house then a smart pet camera is just the thing you need!
There are lots of choices out there depending on your needs and of course you could always use a normal indoor security camera if you only want basic video monitoring. Some pet specific cameras like the The Pet Cube Lite 2 have the capability to connect with a vet if you need advice and let you feed your pet treats remotely!
Give you peace of mind your pet is safe and secure while you’re away from your home
Keep your pet entertained with interactive toys and treat dispensing
To get the most out of smart devices requires a decent broadband connection and/or WiFi set up and up to date antivirus protection is a must.
Don’t hesitate to contact Ben for any help and advice with your broadband or WiFi or if you want assistance installing smart devices into your home or office.