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What is in a Smart Home?

A brief into to the world of smart devices

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on July 15, 2024
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Smart homes are becoming more popular in modern times. These homes are equipped with smart devices connected via the Internet of Things (IoT). 

You can access them all from one central point: your game console, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. With this automation system, you can control your thermostats, TVs, door locks, cameras, lights, home monitors, and intelligent appliances. 

Is It Worth Making a Smart Home?

A smart home means your home is running on an automated system. And all your appliances and other electronics equipped with wifi connectivity can be linked to this system. It will enable you to control them remotely. You can automatically switch on or off your lights or central air conditioning system, even if you are away. 

You can turn on or off your sprinklers, set your home security system, and control other appliances. So, it can assist you in reducing your utility costs significantly. As a result, your home becomes more energy efficient, and you get to save more time.

How to Make a Smart Home

You can do so either by taking a step at once or all at once. However, there are a few things to do before you turn your home into a smart home. 



Upgrading your wifi

As all smart home devices have the internet for communications, your internet connection has to be strong enough to support this information flow. For larger homes, you should go for multiple routers for better coverage.



Doing the research

There are different types of smart home systems available on the market. And all of them have additional features in various aspects. So, you must make sure you go for the right smart home system and make it work.



Identifying your needs

You must figure out what you are looking to achieve in your smart home. Begin by addressing those areas that need your immediate attention. You can add on more devices as you identify more issues.



Adding an intelligent home system

You can connect your smart devices (more on that in the next step) to the system. It can be a wall-mounted unit or a software program accessible via the internet. It will gather all the information from all smart devices you have connected.



Connecting your smart devices

It’s an electronic device you can connect to your home system. It can interact with other network devices and even make some decisions independently. As you add more of these devices, you can transform your home into a smart home.


Turning your home into a smart home might not be that difficult, but it’s expensive. Therefore, you must decide wisely and begin with the changes you need in your home. 

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.