Without a doubt, having a connected home not only simplifies your life but also makes it more efficient. Thanks to advancements in technology, homeowners can use IoT (Internet of Things) to turn an ordinary house into a smart home. As of November 2020, there are more than 48 million smart homes in the U.S., with millions of others in other parts of the world. These numbers can only grow as more people adopt smart living, with an estimate of more than 77 million smart homes in the U.S. by 2025.
Home Assistant has transformed the world of do-it-yourself (DIY) home automation. Its compatibility with smart products is virtually unparalleled, as it offers a community-supported module for almost everything. Furthermore, in the rare situation where something doesn't already exist, creating the functionality yourself is surprisingly easy. If you haven't seen it, be sure to check out my article on setting up remote access with Home Assistant here before reading this one! This guide aims to demonstrate how you can increase the security of your remotely accessible control panel.
Presence detection is commonly used in smart homes to identify who is currently at home. At first glance, this information might seem cool but have a limited number of practical use. In reality, this feature allows you to create some seriously awesome automations that help you save a ton of time. For example, you can configure your smart home to turn off the lights and make sure all the doors are locked once you leave the house.
You may have heard about Zigbee before either from your own experience with it or from a product description that mentions its compatibility with supported smart devices. In many ways, Zigbee is quite similar to the other popular smart home mesh protocol, Z-Wave. They both use devices on the network to form a mesh for point to point communication, they are both wireless protocols that require special hardware, and they are both extremely convenient. Imagine wiring every smart device in your home to a central controller. It would be a total nightmare - which is why wireless communication shines. Despite the similarities to WiFi, these wireless protocols differ in several key areas, most notably the radio frequency they use.
Every time the holidays roll around, everyone turns to the good old tradition of giving. Indeed, receiving a gift can be one of the best feelings in the world, especially if it's from someone special. However, a common problem is deciding what to give when you aren't necessarily that familiar with their interests. If that happens to be anything smart home related, you are in the right place! Luckily, smart homes are actually a simple gift due to the large number of available products. Anything from voice assistants to smart plugs can be great gifts!