Smart home hubs are devices that connect to Wi-Fi to help you control aspects of your home. Using your voice or switches, you can ask it to turn on and off lights, control the television, and even lock your front door. These devices can be personalized and modified to communicate with other devices in your home. Smart home devices are highly customizable.
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.
Alexa is the virtual assistant that works through the Echo Dot and Echo Show hubs, or Fire TV. You can learn more about devices that connect to the Echo hub at amazon.com/alexasmarthome
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 store.google.com/us/category/connected_home
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
- Smart plugs (to control not-smart devices)
- Safety devices, like smoke detector and water detectors
- Security devices, like cameras and door bells
Be sure to check for compatibility. Some smart devices are made specifically for Alexa systems and others are specifically made for Google systems. You cannot connect easily the two separate systems.