What is Smart Home Living?

Jun 20, 2017

Simply put, Smart Homes are fully automated homes with everything controlled from a single device such as your computer or smartphone. Smarter Home Living is adding devices to your existing home to make day-to-day living more efficient and at a lower cost, saving you both time and money.

Much is said in the press about the “internet of things”, where devices can be connected to and controlled. Properly set up, these devices are also secure, and help you protect your home and family.

At Robert Dyas, we offer a range of smart home devices to help you manage your home and time, and these devices can be connected in many cases to other devices in your home.

What is the difference between the different smart home technology brands?

It can be confusing trying to work out what device will be compatible with your existing network if you have one, so we’ve added filters on our smarter home landing page to help you quickly identify compatible products. Nevertheless, here’s a summary of each brand we stock:

Note: Open and Closed systems explained: A closed system can be controlled simply from an app on your smartphone or tablet. An open system allows you to also connect to other devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Play.

Belkin

Belkin Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Mixed – runs from an app and Wi-Fi, can connect to Google Home

The NetCam by Belkin is a simple camera device that connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network, and can then be controlled from an Android phone or iPhone. It’s an independent system, so does not connect to other devices, but this makes it clean and simple to install, to help you monitor your home from anywhere in the world.

Belkin also offer the WeMo smart home plug. Again, this is an easy-to-install plug which allows you to control any device that plugs into a socket from your Android or iPhone device. The app is free to download and offers a simple way to control lamps, heating and more. It’s also compatible with Google Home.



Canary

Canary Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Closed – runs from an app and Wi-Fi

This brand offers an all-in-one home security and monitoring solution. It connects via your Wi-Fi to a dedicated app on your smartphone. Multiple canary devices can be connected together to create a more secure home.



Energenie MiHome

Energenie Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Open – runs from an app and is also IFTTT compatible

Energenie offers a more comprehensive smarter home solution, with a main Wi-Fi connected controller managing various add-on devices such as light switches, sockets, heating and also security of your home through monitoring devices. Energenie is IFTTT (If This Then That) compatible, so it is possible to connect with other IFTTT devices and controllers for more advanced functionality.



Guardzilla

Guardzilla Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Closed – runs from an app and Wi-Fi

A super compact all-in-one solution, the Guardzilla is a home-monitoring and security system. It connects directly to the web via Wi-Fi and then to a smartphone app or laptop, allowing you to monitor your home and react to alarm activations remotely.



Hive

Hive Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Open – runs from an app, Amazon Echo/Alexa and is also IFTTT compatible

One of the more advanced connected systems on the market, Hive can control your heating, lighting and power, across smartphones, laptops and even Amazon Echo and Alexa through voice commands. There is a comprehensive range to suit all sizes of home.



Netatmo

Netatmo Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Open – runs from an app, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo/Alexa, and is also IFTTT compatible

One of the more advanced connectable systems thanks to IFTTT compatibility, Netatmo devices can connect with most IFTTT compatible products and services, as well as run from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Netatmo place more focus on wellbeing, and the product range covers air care, weather, energy and home security.



Philips Hue

Philips Hue Smart Home Security System Type of system: Open – runs from an app, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home, and is also IFTTT compatible

Philips were one of the first onto the smart home market with the Philips Hue lighting range. Operating from a smartphone app or a home assistant such as Google Home or Amazon Echo, you can control your lighting from anywhere, and by voice command when in your home. Optional switches allow your lights to be used as normal, for those who do not have – or those who you do not want having – access to the system.



Ring

Ring Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Closed – runs from an app and Wi-Fi

This clever monitoring, screening and security system gives you piece of mind when you’re at home or away. You can vet callers to your home without opening the door or leaving your chair, and direct couriers who arrive with parcels whilst you are away from your home. We have a more detailed overview of the Ring system on our blog.



TP-Link

TP-Link Smart Home Security System

Type of system: Open – runs from the free KASA app, Amazon Echo, Google Home, and is also IFTTT compatible

TP-Link brings its Wi-Fi and router expertise to smarter home technology, with a range of plugs, light bulbs and home security. It offers easy Wi-Fi connection and a free app for those not using voice control via Google Home or Amazon Echo or Alexa.


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