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Smart Home Hubs


Control your appliances hands-free.


About Smart Home Hubs 


Smart home hubs are devices that connect to Wi-Fi to help you control aspects of your home. You can ask it to turn on and off lights, control the television, and even lock your front door. Choose whatever accessories you need. These devices can be controlled by your voice or through an app.

What kinds of smart home hubs are there?

The easiest way to set up a smart home system is to choose your hub first. Then you can make sure that all the devices you want to connect are compatible.

Amazon Alexa

Alexa is the virtual assistant that works through the Echo hubs and Fire TV. You can learn more about devices that connect to the Echo hub at

Google Home

The Google Home system starts with a Google Home or Google Nest hub. You can learn more about devices that connect to the Nest hub at

Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit, and more

Apps like SmartThings and Home let you control devices from your phone.

What kinds of smart home devices are there?

You can choose many smart devices to communicate with your smart home hub. Examples include:

  • Light switches
  • Door locks
  • Thermostats
  • Safety devices, like smoke detector and water detectors
  • Security devices, like cameras and door bells

Learn more about the many things that smart home tools can do at!

Related Apps


Some brands have their own app you must install to use their smart home device. This information will be on the box and/or in the instructions.


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


smart home devices, smart home technology, Amazon Echo compatible, Google Home compatible


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?