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1. What this Site can do for You!
2. What is Hometech for your Smarthome or Smarthouse?
3. What are the main categories which will help you – To make your Home Smart – ?
4. What are the main “Planning Steps” for integrating Hometech in your living!
5. Quick: What to do next – Guide – !
1. What this Site can do for You!
This Website is – Designed to Help You:
Starters – Guide – to your SmartHome – How to Start – The Easy Way! Often people like the idea of home automation and controlling their home from everywhere around the world. But not being a Tech Savvy a lot of people think this can not work for them. Our Starters-Guide to home automation breaks it down in 3 simple steps. Our goal for you: Smarthome – HomeTech…. simplified!
Improve your convenience and lifestyle? – You can choose any product from our reviews, we make sure, that these items match perfectly with each other – your frustration free home automation! If you have questions or need help at any point of your journey – just contact us – we will help You!
Awesome Reviews – Clear to read. Every review has the same structure, so if you come back often for the latest reviews it will be more and more easy to take a look exactly on the facts, that matters most to you Note: Different to other Review Pages – we only Review the Top Products of each category: Easier for you to choose!
Want to Save a Ton of Money? – Avoid big mistakes buying items that do not work together. See my story at About Me . We checked all items for you and we even build Bundles for your convenience at the end of every review with items that match – frustration free; daily best price from amazon!
Seeking for awesome smart gadgets? – Each of the BIG 5 home automation categories: has tons of them – Just Choose!
NEW – project. We start to build a Basic-Home Automation-Knowledge-Archive! – You will be able to find the best and most useful basics for your perfect and hassle free journey to a smarter living!
Exchange and questions – A place for your questions and for exchange. We want to provide a space, where like minded people can exchange and help each other. You can connect to us – and if we can help, we will!
2. What is HomeTech for your
SmartHome or Smarthouse?
Just a little Definition: Home automation- /Hometech- or Smartgadgets are those items, which can help you to centralize the control of lighting, appliances, security locks of gates and doors, thermostats (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and other systems, to implement improved convenience, energy efficiency, comfort and security. So if this is your goal – We can help you to achieve it!
3. Categories that make
your Home – a SmartHome!
The Big-5 are:
1. Smart-Lights or Lighting Solutions (ambience, moods and style)
2. Control-Panels or Apps: Simplifies and centralizes your controls
3. Audio-Controls: Music/Sound/News… When! Where! How you like it!
4. Climate Control: humidity, ventilation and temperature with a fingertip
5. Security/Surveillance: Locks, cameras, sensors => feeling safe and secure
4. Smarthome – A Planning Guide –
I remember how hard it was to find a good beginning. At least I just started, buying my first “smart” power-socket-switch. In fact years ago this was in no way controllable with an “App or Controller” – simple 3 switches and a remote control. After this I bought lots of different hometech-items – often they did not match with each other. A very expensive and unsatisfactory way to get things going. To avoid this – Make a real plan!
1st: Define your base?
Where in your home automation plan are you – now?
Starting from scratch? (can be quite good, nothing done wrong so far) This means you can decide which protocol you want to use for your complete hometech system. The protocol is like a common language in which your SmartHome-products communicate with each other! There are X10 (oldest), Insteon, Z-Wave, Lutron and more. Newcomer often tend to search for the easiest way for their smarthome or home automation project. So did I!
BIG TIP – WiFi – the easiest way to connect hometech products! Use a connection via your home W-LAN system. You also can combine these devices with Z-Wave (eg). You just plugin a so called z-wave enabled hub (translator between the different devices) and the variety of compatible devices just has grown.
ADVANTAGES – A WiFi system makes it easy to connect all your home automation gadgets with each other. You often will experience the easiest set up of items without wires, no breaking walls for laying new cable or any hassle! Often you even do not need any extra hub (translator between your router and the items).
DISADVANTAGES – Of course, restricted to one standard, a lot of the WiFi compatible home tech is more expensive. If you compare the energy consumption of home automation devices, you often will see, that a WiFi system needs more energy. Holding a permanent WiFi connection with your router or the other devices consumes significantly more energy. This may not be a huge effect on your energy bill, but especially devices smart devices with batteries will last a lot longer if you use e.g. z-wave. Probably not every tool you want exists in a ‘pure’ wifi version, therefore you have to check if the home tech item will match with your existing system. NOTE: all products reviewed on our website are tested to work together – frustration free. You will never have to worry if awesome products you like in our reviews will work together. They simply Do!
ALTERNATIVE (if you live in the US!) – For example the products from companies, that have a great variety of home tech gadgets can be a real alternative. Like the products of INSTEON. These come at quite a good price and you nearly get everything you need to build your home automation system for your Smarthome. If you want a great overview of the variety of items you can use, take a look at this ‘Amazon: INSTEON home-automation-overview’.
Already have the first solitary Smart-Gadgets? – If you are already experienced with home automation you can choose an additional product from our Reviews or jump directly to an improvement you want to achieve on our How to Start – The Easy Way guide. Here you can find awesome categories to improve your system by starting with your existing product. Easily find what will work together by picking the point where you think you are now – then improve your lifestyle and convenience with additional stuff!
If you are not sure: You can also easily find compatible devices with an easy ‘Google-search-term’ like: ‘your product compatibility’. For example if you have a nest-thermostat type in: “nest compatibility” or if you already have a new product in mind e.g. “nest compatibility to insteon hub” – Quite good and easy results!
2nd: Do you want to use a tablet
or smartphone for control?
Just keep an eye on the ‘iOS or Android’ label on the products and in our reviews so you will ever have a 100% functional system.
3rd: What do you want to automate?
- Garden/Fountains/Water features)
You will soon find reviews and overviews, tips and installation guides in all five categories. Too see an actual example take a look at one of our recommended basic items: How Smart Door Locks improve your Life – Reviews –
5. Quick: What to do next – Guide – !
Go to our How to Start – The Easy Way! section for ideas how to begin your home automation. Or jump to our recommended basic category – Smart Door Locks – to get things going. In the near future you will find awesome information, deep reviews, comparisons, tips and installation guides to every single category from the big five. So come back soon – We Are Working on It for You! Or, if you always want the latest home automation reviews, subscribe to our Newsletter.
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