Welcome to the world of modern living. It’s a life where everyday tasks at home are automated. It’s where you have more time on your hands for what’s important. It’s how your home works harder when it’s operated like a single, integrated system. With a smart home, you have control in the palm of your hand. Wouldn’t you like to live in such a place?
In this guide we’ll walk through the basics of setting up your smart home.
What is a Smart Home?
A smart home is one where devices can be automatically controlled from a single app. You can do this while at home or remotely, using a mobile, tablet or computer. These parts and areas of your home that can be automated include doors, garages, gates, camera systems, lighting, heating and air conditioning.
Essentially, a smart home can make your daily tasks easier, improve energy efficiency, and add a layer of security to your home environment.
Planning your ideal Smart Home
The first step to set up is understanding how a smart home fits into your lifestyle. It starts with asking some simple questions related to your goals for your smart home.
- Do you want to reduce energy consumption?
- Are you looking to add or enhance home security?
- Is your life too hectic and you’re needing to find ways to simplify every day tasks?
- Identify your needs, prioritise their importance and start with a few devices that deliver solutions.
If you plan on installing multiple devices, we also recommend deciding on a home assistant platform for a single point of operation. The most popular home assistants we’ve installed are Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit. You’re already on the path to a smart home set up. We can help connect all your devices and make your desired smart home a reality.
What are the most common devices in a Smart Home?
The most common devices include smart thermostats, digital door locks, wireless security cameras, wired CCTV cameras, video doorbells, smart garages and gate openers and home assistants. These devices are the building blocks of a smart home, providing comfort, energy efficiency, security and operational simplicity.
What are the Wi-Fi requirements for a Smart Home to run efficiently?
A stable and robust Wi-Fi network is the backbone of a smart home. Ensure your internet plan can handle the load of multiple devices. We typically recommend the NBN25 plan which is a download speed of 25Mpbs. We also recommend a mesh Wi-Fi system for larger homes to eliminate dead spots.
Where should Smart Home devices be placed in your home?
Placement is key. Position devices where they are most effective. For instance, security camera at entry points, smart home assistants in living areas where your voice can be heard, smart lights in frequently used rooms. The beauty of wireless smart home devices is their flexibility in placement as they don’t need to be near existing wiring.
It’s best to place thermostats away from direct sunlight for accurate readings, otherwise they may not read the actual room temperature. And security cameras need to be in a spot with a clear view.
As part of your free home quote, we’ll discuss your goals, assess your home, and can identify the best and most efficient places for each home automation device.
Once installed, how to keep your home smart
Regular updates, password changes, and checking in on the app will ensure your smart home stays smart and current. Updates often include security patches and new features. Regularly changing passwords and monitoring through the dedicated app ensures that your home stays secure and the devices run smoothly. This is made even easier if you have a smart home assistant as the central point of control.
Will a Smart Home become obsolete over time?
Technology evolves, but many smart home devices are designed to be adaptable. In the same way your phone automatically updates with the latest features, your smart home devices have a similar setting. Or if you have a home assistant system like Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit, you’ll be notified of updates from a single central point.
How to scale up your Smart Home
Of the many benefits of a smart home is the ability to scale up over time. Most systems are highly modular, allowing you to add devices as your needs change or budget allows. Start with what you’re comfortable with and expand as you see fit.
The simple way to control your Smart Home
Most smart home devices can be integrated into a whole network through a smart home assistant. Whether it’s Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or Apple HomeKit, you can typically manage, schedule and monitor all your devices from one single app, making it easy and convenient to manage your home.
Plan for enhanced efficiency
A smart home is more than just a technological upgrade, it’s a lifestyle enhancement. It should be an enjoyable process imagining all the potential ready to be unlocked in your home. We don’t want you to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly countless amount of devices on the market so we’re there to help you from the first step of your journey, the planning stage.
Smart Home Set Up FAQs
Can you connect new smart home devices to my existing home assistant?
Yes we can absolutely connect new devices to your existing home assistant. We have extensive experience in the most common smart home assistants including Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit.
I already have some of these smart home devices installed. Can you help with relocation?
If you’ve already started building your smart home system but don’t like where they are currently placed, in the process of installing new devices we can help with placement of your current devices, within reason of course. We pride ourselves on the best customer service in the industry in Sth-East QLD so we’re very open to discuss your needs and help you create a smart home that brings you maximum enjoyment.