Smart Home Considerations Before You Dive In
Smart home automation market has recently grown with plethora of choices, which adds complication to the selection process. To add to the complexity of the selection from a variety of smart home devices, there are also various inter-connectivity options available like WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and ZigBee.
Which connection standard to be deployed depends on many factors like – number of devices, compatibility, power consumption and bandwidth. However, the daunting task of smart home automation can be started with small projects like lighting, thermostats, cameras, etc., which are not expensive or highly technical.
The level of sophistication you want across your home will determine which platform to go for. Ask yourself these two key questions:
1. Do you just want to control separate systems such as lights and heating?
If so, then replacing bulbs with systems such as Philips' Hue or bulbs compatible with WeMo is a cost effective way to do this, and can be controlled with a simple app.
2. Do you want to build a system that can be extended and expanded over time?
Here your choices are a little more complex. As its very early days with home automation there are a number of competing systems.
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