In a “smart,” automated home, systems and devices are automated – connected wirelessly to a network that the homeowner has access to. The first thing to do in implementing a smart home – which is an easier and more cost-effective process than most assume – is to install a network on which your devices may run. An example is Z-Wave’s award-winning wireless network, a robust but lightweight network that won’t interfere with your WIFI.
Generally, today’s networks are simple enough for the average user to install on their own. If, however, you require assistance, a wealth of resources abounds online – check Z-Wave’s informative site, for example, to find troubleshooting forums, installation advice, product reviews, and more.
Once the network is up and running, a hub or controller must be added. This hub will function as the smart home’s heart, accepting signals and alerts from devices all around the home, then passing them on as necessary to the homeowner via an app on his or her smart phone or tablet. Hubs must be purchased separately, but your hub is your powerhouse, and it’s worth investing in a robust, sturdy product designed to last.
Now’s the time to add devices at last, and they can be linked to the network easily, one by one. Usually, turning them on is enough for the network to detect their presence. From there, your devices will work in tandem with your hub or controller, passing necessary information along to you and learning, in the meantime, your family’s patterns and preferences.