Smart homes leverage technology to provide residents with increased convenience, savings, comfort, and security. With automated environments, household routines are streamlined. What once seemed like a distant future is now within reach as smart devices have become more accessible. They enable a new level of interaction between the home and its inhabitants through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

Unlike a connected home, which requires user intervention to perform actions, smart homes are programmed to carry out tasks without human interaction. To make this a reality, the foundation lies in automation—meaning control is entrusted to a system, which could be an application on your phone, capable of centralizing the settings and operation of all household devices, from the television to the garage lights. Therefore, the first step is determining which virtual assistant you want; the most common and widely compatible ones are Alexa (Amazon) and Home (Google). The next step is obtaining the specific devices you want and verifying that they can communicate effectively with the initially selected system.

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