In a smart home, frequently used systems are automated, no longer requiring constant human attention – like turning on the lights manually, for example. Typically, smart homes feature some combination of smart lighting, smart heating and cooling, and a smart security system, bolstered with alarms, cameras, and motion sensors. Once these devices are connected to the smart home network – a wireless network that’s typically not your WIFI signal – they begin “learning” the homeowner’s behavior so as best to accommodate their needs.
And once the wireless devices are up and running, the homeowner has access all the time via his or her smart phone or tablet. No more running home to check the water or turn off the lights – with a smart home, your phone will always alert you to any issues before they become serious problems, and you’ll have remote control over all your devices, even when you aren’t on the premises.
Here’s how it works, in a nutshell: First, the homeowner must install a wireless network. IN the case of the Z-Wave network, most homeowners find they’re able to install the systems themselves, but Z-Wave’s technicians and online support site are on hand to assist.
Once the wireless network is up and running, users must next install a hub or controller, which functions as the “brain” of the smart home, monitoring signals and sending alerts as necessary to the user’s smart phone or tablet. When the controller’s installed, it’s time to add wireless devices one by one. Typically, turning the on is enough to alert the network of their presence – and from there, your smart home is born. Smart home technology, like wireless light switches, will begin to “learn” your family’s behavior in no time, regulating energy use according to your comings and goings.