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Frequently asked questions

1What is a “smart home”?
A smart home is a home outfitted with devices that can be controlled over an internet connection on one’s desktop, tablet, or smartphone. These connected devices can be appliances, lights, security systems, cameras, audio and video systems, televisions, thermostats, and even sprinklers. Generally speaking, if your home has devices that connect to each other and to a network, it’s a smart home. The complexity of smart systems may differ somewhat from home to home, but the basic foundations are the same.
2Why is home automation still not mainstream?
Here’s a closer look at some of those concerns. Consumers Experience Interoperability Issues: The smart light-bulbs and thermostats work with the home automation hub, but the smart lock struggles to connect. As a result, the consumer uses one application to control the lights and thermostat, while needing to use another for the lock. That switching can get complex and time consuming. Home Automation Technology Remains Relatively Expensive: One gadget might not set you back much, but two or three could increase the cost dramatically. And with three or four devices, you also need a smart hub to control the products, adding to the overall cost. Security Remains a Concern: Consumers rightly fear hacks, and news about breached refrigerators or nanny cams offers little comfort. Manufacturers have made strides forward with security risks, but they’ll need to continually address any new risks to create trust with consumers.
3What are the different operating standards for home automation technology?
Here’s a closer look at how those different technologies work. Wi-Fi: Most people know Wi-Fi, but they may not realize that it has a place in home automation. Lots of smart devices on the market connect to smartphones or hubs via Wi-Fi, and that makes sense—it’s a widely available network that people know how to use. However, on the downside, many devices already operate via Wi-Fi. Adding another, potentially bandwidth-intensive one could cause traffic congestion and, in some cases, signal interference. Z-Wave: Many smart home products use the Z-Wave protocol, which usually transmits on the 908.42 MHz frequency. The protocol employs a mesh network—a chain that turns individual smart devices into nodes. These nodes pass data packets from device to device until the packets reach their final destination. Z-Wave devices are known for interoperability, although it occurs solely within the Z-Wave home automation network. Zigbee: Like Z-Wave, Zigbee relies on a mesh network. However, it generally runs on the 2.4 GHz frequency. Many smart home devices use the frequency because of its long range. Some developers enjoy working with the Zigbee protocol because of its security and low power usage. Consumers, in turn, benefit from that built-in security in their Zigbee devices.
4What are the benefits of home automation?
Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest benefits that home automation provides. Savings: Smart thermostats and smart lightbulbs save energy, cutting utility costs over time. Some home automation technologies monitor water usage, too, helping to prevent exorbitant water bills. Certain devices even offer rebates. Safety: Many home automation technologies fall under the umbrella of home security. Consumers purchase these devices because they want to make their homes safer and more secure. Automated lighting thwarts would-be burglars, and motion sensors help people enter doors and walk hallways late at night.
5When is the best time to install home automation?
A new home obviously needs wiring and cabling to provide basic utility, television, cable, and telephone services. Because of that, you should ask your electrician to install neutral wires throughout the home, especially in areas you know will benefit from smart lighting, entertainment, and other home automation services. Renovations also offer perfect opportunities to install home automation devices. Contractors will be taking out cabinets, appliances, and other amenities, leaving the wiring exposed to a licensed electrician’s attention. Ask your electrician to install necessary home automation wiring and other items, such as deep junction boxes. You may also want to talk with your renovation team about adding built-in smart speakers and recessed areas for smart lighting.
6What home automation systems are available today and what products do they work with?
There are hundreds of smart home devices and systems on the market today, each with different specs and features. With so many options, you’ll need to ensure that the gadgets you add are compatible with each other or buy a smart hub that will bridge any gaps. Generally, devices from the same manufacturer, like Nest or Insteon, will work with each other; it’s when you start mixing brands that compatibility gets trickier.

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