There is no shortage of options in the market. Without knowing it, you probably already have things at home that can connect to the Internet; your TV is an example, your fridge you bought recently, and maybe even a thermostat. If you go to the electrical shelves of the hardware store, you will probably see several “smart” products: light bulbs, switches, locks, thermostats and so on. And you say to yourself, cool but how does it work? And the prices are relatively high if we compare to the basic models. Do I really need it?
Technology is a tool, and like any tool, you have to choose the one that will meet your needs. You don’t take a hammer to nail a screw. Try the experience just for fun. Take a 3 inch screw and try to nail it into a wooden board without getting it all in, you will find that the screw went into the wood but it did damage, not to mention the fact that the screw will not very solid if compared with a screw screwed to the same depth. With technology, it’s the same thing.
Before you head off on the smart home adventure, try a smart product to get started. The simplest is the smart bulb. It’s probably the cheapest and least risky investment, as long as you pay attention to a few details
- Do you have WiFi at home? It may sound silly but better to check.
- Do you have a smart phone? Because the vast majority of smart products are configured via the smartphone.
- Choose a bulb which connects directly to the WIFI and which does not require another gateway. For example, the Philips Hue bulb requires the Hue Gateway (which is sold seperately), while the Geeni bulb connects directly to your WiFi. Philips Hue is a great product by the way but if you only want to do a test, be sure to choose a bulb that connects directly with the WIFI.
And here you are, you have taken the first step of the “Smart Home” adventure.
Now that you’ve bought a smart bulb, it’s time to give it a try. The procedure is generally the same for most intelligent objects.
- Take a lamp and put the bulb inside
- Turn on the lamp and the bulb should flash a few times.
- On a smartphone, download the application recommended by the manufacturer.
- Follow the instructions in the application.
This is generally the classic scenario of connected objects. You will probably have to create an account in the application, you will also be asked to enter the password for your WIFI connection.