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What Is a Smart Home?


A smart home’s devices are connected with each other and can be accessed through one central point—a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or game console. Door locks, televisions, thermostats, home monitors, cameras, lights, and even appliances such as the refrigerator can be controlled through one home automation system. The system is installed on a mobile or other networked device, and the user can create time schedules for certain changes to take effect.


Smart home appliances come with self-learning skills so they can learn the homeowner’s schedules and make adjustments as needed. Smart homes enabled with lighting control allow homeowners to reduce electricity use and benefit from energy-related cost savings. Some home automation systems alert the homeowner if any motion is detected in the home when they're away, while others can call the authorities—police or the fire department—in case of imminent situations.


Once connected, services such as a smart doorbell, smart security system, and smart appliances are all part of the internet of things like technology, a network of physical objects that can gather and share electronic information.


Summary:


  • A smart home allows homeowners to control appliances, thermostats, lights, and other devices remotely using a smartphone or tablet through an internet connection.

  • Smart homes can be set up through wireless or hardwired systems.

  • Smart home technology provides homeowners with convenience and cost savings.

  • Security risks and bugs continue to plague makers and users of smart home technology.


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