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Home Automation Kits

With simple installation and a variety of compatible devices, a home automation system is the ideal way to gain control over your home. The smart hub is designed to pair with a variety of devices, including thermostats, automated lighting, video surveillance, and much more. Even better, you can stay in control while on-the-go, all from your smartphone.

What is a smart home?

A smart home is one in which nearly everything inside  including lights, locks, video surveillance, heating, cooling, and more  is automated. With home automation, each device is hooked up to the main system, typically called a hub, which can then be controlled via your smartphone or another connected device. While many people have these systems installed professionally, it is easy to do; home automation kits usually include all of the hardware and instructions you'll need to get started on your own smart home.

How does HomeKit work?

HomeKit is Apple's wireless home automation system available for consumers. From one hub, you can command a variety of different smart accessories, allowing you to automate your home with the touch of a button. You'll be able to find and control all of your accessories from the HomeKit app. The app is available on any iOS device, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You can even use the Siri voice feature for hands-free commands, with the ability to perform multiple functions using a single command.

What accessories work with HomeKit?

For their home automation platform, Apple has partnered up with Philips, Honeywell, Haier, and other well-known manufacturers to bring you a variety of compatible wireless accessories you can connect to the main hub. Smart locks allow you to open and close doors from your smartphone, even when you're not at home. Wireless sensors help you monitor what's going on in your home by detecting motion and setting off an alarm. Lights and thermostats are frequently chosen accessories when it comes to home automation. Other devices you can use include outlets, window blinds, smoke alarms, video cameras, and more.

How do you install a home automation kit?

Once you've chosen the right home automation kit for you and your home, it's time to install.

  • Step One: First, plug in the small control box that communicates with the other accessories. This box will then have to be paired with your home's Wi-Fi network.
  • Step Two: Next, you will need to download the appropriate app to your smart device. If you've chosen to use Apple, you will need to install the automation app. Your device will also need to be connected to your home's network.
  • Step Three: Now you will need to choose your accessories. Each accessory will come with instructions for quick set-up.
  • Step Four: Find and command your new accessories within the app on your device.