MAKE YOUR HOME SMARTER

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SE­CURE YOUR HOME

IN­TEL­LI­GENT LIGHT­ING CON­TROL

THE BEST VOICE AS­SIS­TANTS

MAKE EV­ERY­THING CON­NECT

The big prob­lem with talk­ing about the smart home is the dam­age that pre­dic­tive ar­ti­cles have done. Read about how the world is get­ting smarter, and it’s full of ex­am­ples of things that we’ll be able to do in the fu­ture, such as a ro­bot to do the cook­ing for you or a fridge that re-or­ders food.

We’re not in­ter­ested in what the fu­ture might hold, but rather the smart prod­ucts that you can buy to­day that gen­uinely make your house smarter, more ef­fi­cient and more se­cure.

There’s not been a bet­ter time to kit out your home. Thanks to fast, al­ways-on in­ter­net con­nec­tions and ubiq­ui­tous Wi-Fi, we’ve all got the back­bone to run ev­ery­thing from smart thermostats and light­ing sys­tems to pow­er­ful se­cu­rity sys­tems.

More im­por­tantly, the way we con­trol de­vices has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved. It used to be that you’d need a bun­dle of un­re­lated apps to con­trol each de­vice, but things have im­proved, with the likes of IFTTT, shared pro­to­cols and the rise of voice con­trol, through the likes of the Ama­zon Echo, sim­pli­fy­ing or au­tomat­ing con­trol.

For this fea­ture, we’ve tested out dozens of smart de­vices. We’ll show you how to cre­ate the ba­sic build­ing blocks of a smart home, the best de­vices to use, and how to con­trol ev­ery­thing cen­trally.

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