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Smart Home 101: What You Need to Know Before Setting Up Your Smart Home

Smart Home 101: What You Need to Know Before Setting Up Your Smart Home

There’s nothing more stressful than wondering if you left the garage door open or remembered to set your security alarm when you left home. But these nagging fears can disappear with the mere swipe of your finger when you transform your house into a smart home.

How Going Smart Can Improve Your Life

When you transform your house into a smart home, you put the power to control your home’s systems, appliances, and security into the palm of your hand. Most smart home gadgets can be controlled through apps installed on your smartphone, which makes managing your home—and your life—easier than ever before.

● Smart homes are more energy efficient, which saves you money and helps reduce your carbon footprint.

● Smart technology makes your home more secure. You can lock doors remotely, double-check the alarm, and view surveillance footage in real time.

● Smart gadgets provide unprecedented convenience. Home automation can take care of everything from making you coffee in the morning to closing the blinds before you turn in at night.

How Smart Homes Interact with the Internet

Making your home smarter takes nothing more than a reliable Internet connection, a Z-Wave network and Z-Wave devices. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that doesn’t interfere with your Wi-Fi network, but allows your Z-Wave smart home devices to communicate with each other. A standard smart home setup uses apps and a hub to connect and control all the smart gadgets in your home.

To make sure your smart home upgrade goes smoothly (and delivers everything you want), you need an Internet speed and bandwidth that can handle everything on your smart network. Fortunately, the amount of data used to communicate back and forth from the hub to most devices is usually minimal.

The Must-Have Smart Gadgets You Need

Now that you know how to transform your house into a smart home, it’s time to identify the smart devices you need to get started. Here’s a look at the essential smart gadgets every smart home should have:

Smart Hub—Pick a comprehensive controller so the heart of your smart home operates swiftly and easily. Samsung’s SmartThings Hub works with Z-Wave and works with Amazon’s Alexa to enable voice control.

Smart Thermostat—Manage your home’s energy efficiency and stay comfortable with a smart thermostat. The GoControl Z-Wave Thermostat is one of the easiest to install and works great with any Z-Wave hub.

Smart Lighting—Automate lighting throughout your home with Z-Wave enabled dimmers, switches, and/or light bulbs. The Linear Wall-Mount Dimmer Switch instantly gives you remote control of your lights from anywhere, at any time.

Smart Locks—Never again wonder if you forgot to the lock the front door with the Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt. It’s compatible with more than fifty smart home systems, including the SmartThings Hub mentioned above.

Going smart isn’t just for techies or people with money to burn. Today, it’s easier and more affordable than ever before to improve your life with smart technology. All you need to do is decide which smart features you can’t live without and make sure you select the right Internet setup to keep it all working smoothly.

Jack is a freelance writer who writes about tech, home services, and innovation. You can contact him at jacktfrey@gmail.com


Master the Elements with Your Z-Wave Smart Home

Master the Elements with Your Z-Wave Smart Home

Some of the most popular and sought after items for homeowners are things that protect and keep a home safe. Whether it's preventing burglaries and unwanted intruders or making sure your home is protected from the elements, these purchases are among the most important you can make for your family. But what about protecting your home from the elements?

5 Hubs You Can Use in Your Z-Wave Smart home

5 Hubs You Can Use in Your Z-Wave Smart home

If you're new to the world of smart home, you may have heard the term hub used frequently and wondered what it is. A hub is considered the brain of your smart home

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5 Reasons Why Your AirBnB Should Be Connected

5 Reasons Why Your AirBnB Should Be Connected

Vacation properties can provide a holiday oasis for families and friends while being used. But what happens during the rest of the year? Homes often sit unoccupied for long periods of time and until recently, it was hard to maintain and monitor without hiring someone local or spending money on an expensive security system.

How my Z-Wave Smart Home Saved the Day

How my Z-Wave Smart Home Saved the Day

Ellen Farrow is a Z-Wave customer whose experience serves as a reminder for just how powerful a smart home can be. Ellen explains in her own words how on one day in February this year, her Z-Wave system helped save her home.

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Z-Wave Loves Alexa

Z-Wave Loves Alexa

These days, having a voice-activated digital assistant in your pocket is pretty much taken for granted. Instead of typing on tiny touchscreens, we've all become accustomed to simply whipping out our phones and saying, "Hey Cortana, call Dad," or "OK Google, dial 911," or "Hey Siri, what is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

Most versatile Z-Wave device goes to... Piper!

Most versatile Z-Wave device goes to... Piper!

If you've been searching for an affordable do-it-yourself home security solution that's simple to install, simple to operate, fee-free, and can even be used in a condo or apartment, you may be starting to think that no such thing exists. It does. It's called Piper, and you'd be amazed just how much this one little device can do.

15 Gadgets To Make Your Home Smarter


The Fibaro Smart Z-Wave detects temperature, light, and more. It alerts you on your smart device when it detects activity.

The Smart Home Guide: A DIY Project for Z-Wave Automatic Blinds

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With the help of Z-Wave Automatic Blinds technology, you'll be able to make your home even smarter. The best part is you'll be able to achieve that on a budget!

What Are 'ZigBee' and 'Z-Wave' Smarthome Products?


ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two wireless protocols that pretty much all hub-based smarthome products use. There are a small handful of smarthome accessory makers that use their own standard (like Insteon, for instance), but ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two biggest open protocols out there.

Lennar Community Goes Standard with Z-Wave-based Controls


The homes come standard with home automation that includes locks, lights and a wireless alarm system. Among the products are: Schlage Z-Wave lock, Trane Z-Wave digital thermostat, and Nortek Z-Wave lighting control

What's New

TWICE VIP Award Nominations: Wireless Door Locks


The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.

How A Smart Home Can Help Your Back-to-School Routine

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So how can a smart home improve your everyday life? For starters, they are surprisingly easy to use, make life more efficient and add a comforting layer of security to your family's home.

Unleash Your Front Door's Potential with these 7 smart locks


From industry staples like Kwikset, Schlage and Yale to startups like August and Poly-Control, the smart lock market is quickly gaining ground. What separates these brainiacs from your standard front door lock is an added layer of tech, typically Bluetooth, Z-Wave or Wi-Fi -- or some combination of the three.

The best smart home hub of 2016


Connection to all of your smart devices shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, given that the SmartThings hub offers many of the well-known wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.