A smart start: Four ideas to get your Smart Home off the ground
When you convert your home into a Smart Home, your goal is to network the smart devices and components in your home, automate specific applications and simplify the control of all of these systems. Once complete, this package of actions will enhance your comfort and convenience in everyday life, help you save energy and make your home a safer and more secure place to be. There are countless ways to achieve your perfect Smart Home solution, and the right choice for you will depend on your living situation and your individual requirements. Read on to discover four solutions that will help you get your Smart Home off the ground quickly and easily.
1. Control your Smart Home with your voice
Many of us already use voice assistants on our smartphones to access information or execute certain tasks. Voice assistants have moved into the Smart Home, too: Via services such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant, you can control compatible devices using voice commands. To do so, you’ll need an end device that supports your chosen voice assistant. In Smart Home settings, this device is generally a smart speaker such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Both the Amazon and Google voice assistants are also compatible with other smart speakers and systems.
2. Smart sound systems with Alexa, Sonos and Gira X1
Alexa voice assistant technology can be combined with the Gira X1 server and Sonos speakers to create an intelligent starting point for your Smart Home setup. With this smart trio, you can create a convenient and easy-to-use sound system that allows you to control playback of your favourite songs using your voice or an app.
If you install multiple Sonos speakers all around your home, you can use the Gira X1 app to configure your system to only play in specific rooms. If you’ve already got a Sonos One with integrated Alexa technology, you won’t need an additional Amazon device to use your speaker with the Gira X1.
3. Philips Hue: Clever light management for your new Smart Home
We use lights every single day, so installing intelligent automated lighting controls is a great place to start if you’re just setting out on your Smart Home journey. The Philips Hue lighting system is easy to install and designed for flexibility.
With the comprehensive range of bulbs, lights and optional accessories, you can control individual lights remotely or group lamps together to create your own custom light scenes. The smart lighting system from Philips can be controlled via the Hue app or using voice commands.
4. A flexible wireless system to lay the foundations for your Smart Home
If you’re already thinking ahead and you know that you’ll want to add even more smart technology to your home in the future, then the wireless eNet SMART HOME system is the perfect place to start. This solution can be installed in rented homes or retrofitted in older properties and can be expanded with ease as your needs and wishes change.
The eNet server acts as a central interface that you can use to network and wirelessly control your lights, blinds, radiators, alarm system and even your door intercom. With the eNet app, you can automate functions by programming scenes, defining custom if-this-then-that rules and setting timers. For example, you could set up your system to lower the blinds and dim the lights automatically when you activate the “Film night” scene. All of these functions can also be controlled using voice commands.
Which solutions would you prioritise if you were planning to start transforming your home into a Smart Home? Tell us about your favourite smart technology products in the comments!