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Smart Home & Home Automation: How to go about setting up a Smart Home and automating your home

I am sharing this article based on my own experience of setting up a Smart Home and achieving Home Automation. Normally people make mistake by investing in bulk without knowing much about Home Automation. Later they realize their mistake and end up disappointed. There are many technologies - wireless protocols in Home Automation. Also there are many brands that provide different features. Interoperability is an another factor to consider. So one needs to be well informed to make the right decisions.

So how do one start the journey of Home Automation to make their home a "Smart Home". Well, it's simple, take one step at a time.

First understand the various smart home technologies - Zigbee, Z-Wave, WiFi & Bluetooth. What are their pros and cons. You can read my article on Smart Home Technologies to know more.

Second, understand what are the basic features available in smart home products. This will help you to choose the products with features that makes more sense to you, based on your preference and usage. Read my article "Coming Soon" to know more.

Third, now comes the actual part of investing. Start small. One at a time before you understand what you actually need. Pick one product from a category to begin with, say one product from either smart light or smart plug as they are a popular choice to begin with. You can check my article "List of Smart Home Product Categories & popular brands/products" to know more about various smart home product categories. Avoid the mistake of investing in bulk. Get to know how the product works by watching online demo videos. You can check some videos on my channel. Understand the different types & features of a particular category of products before deciding on a product/brand. Read online reviews and watch videos to know about the best brands and products in a particular category before finalizing. Now that you have decided the product/brand, use it for a while and know the features that you use frequently. Also try to integrate the product you bought with Google Assistant if you are an Android user through your phone or Google Home (Read me article - How to add smart devices in Google Home/Google Assistant) or with any other similar personal assistant. Use voice commands to control it. This hands-on knowledge will help you take better decisions on future products you want to buy and to know the features that are really useful for you. This understanding will help you to decide what you need in your next set of products and what features makes more sense for you! This approach will be easy on your pocket as well.

Now when you are really ready, go-ahead and start investing on smart devices based on your budget. Again buy in smaller quantity and within limit of what you can afford. Do proper research on all the products available in a particular category before you purchase one. It is a emerging area and there are many brands which releases new products/models in market every now and then. So check for the latest brands/models available in market. Make sure it is compatible with your current hub/assistant devices that you use to control the smart devices. Also check the product you intend to buy will work on the WiFi Freq of your router. Voltage rating is another factor to consider. Also read reviews of other users. That really helps and provides an insight on the product before you decide to buy. I will write a detailed article on the things to consider/know while purchasing various smart home gadgets soon.

Last but not least, it is very important that you invest in good internet connection, WiFi router and a good firewall to keep your home secure from unauthorized access.

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How to automate your non smart devices like AC, TV, Robotic Vacuum cleaners etc that works using normal remote

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