How To Make a Smart Home | Smart Home Automation Devices | Building a Smart Home

 When it comes to building a smart home in 2021, there are now more options than ever before. So in this article, I'm gonna talk you through how to go about building a smart home, what's new in the world of smart home tech for 2021, and then ultimately my recommendations on some of the best platforms and how to build a smart home.


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So let's dive in and the first thing that we need to talk about is the first step that you do when deciding to build a smart home, which is which Platform you're going to use to run all of your smart home devices.

There are two Platform to choose for your Smart Home Automation :


A) The first is you can go with an integrator which is a company who will come in and install everything for you and give you the platform that everything runs on. Some of the more popular platform companies like this will use Control4, Savant, and Crestron which all mainly target the luxury home market.

B) The second is by using platforms like the Google Assistant, Amazon's assistant, Apple's Home Kit, Samsung’s SmartThings, Wink, and then other smaller platforms like the open source home assistant platform, which is mainly targeted to people who are very tech savvy and like to tinker a lot with their home electronics.

Now the big three platforms right now in my book are Amazon's assistant (Alexa), Apple's home kit (siri), and the Google Assistant (ok Google) and the reason I picked these three is because each of them contain a pretty powerful smart assistant.

Now, why is having a smart assistant so important in your smart home platform?

Well aside from making it feel like you live on the Starship Enterprise, having a smart assistant being able to control all of your smart home devices is super convenient.

So, for example, you don't have to carry your phone around with you everywhere you go to control the lights or other devices and you don't have to walk up to a specific display like on a thermostat or another third-party screen to control all of your devices. You can control them from wherever you are in your home by just using your voice.

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Now with quite a few options, you may be asking yourself do I have to choose just one assistant platform, or could I use multiple ones?

You can use more than one in your home, you'll just need to make sure that the one that you are using can control all of your smart home devices because not all smart devices can be controlled by the big three assistant platforms.
The reason not all devices work on each of the big three platforms is historically the platforms have had different standards for how to communicate with them which is why you’ll see some devices that work with the Google Assistant or Amazon Assistant but not with HomeKit.

So, what does this mean for you as a user?

Well, As time goes on and you buy new smart home devices, those smart home devices should work with all of the major platforms out there because these platforms have joined together and agreed upon universal communication standards for smart home devices.

The companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, and the ZigBee Alliance have all decided to come together and form a working group called Project Connected Home Over IP, which plans to develop and promote the adoption of new royalty-free connectivity standards for smart home products that put security as a fundamental design tenant.

Now, what is ZigBee you may ask?

With Smart Home devices there are actually several different technologies at play depending on the smart devices you use. Some devices will use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth which you’ve probably heard of while others rely on ZigBee, Z-Wave, or Thread.

ZigBee is probably the most popular out there. So, for example, when your ZigBee hub sends out a signal to one ZigBee device that device will then carry on that signal to all of the other ZigBee devices in your network.
The benefit of these types of systems is they typically have more range than a Wi-Fi network with one router.

The only downside is you'll need to have a hub to control your ZigBee or other similar type of network and sometimes different smart devices will require different hubs.

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For most consumers the simple thing to do is to decide on the platform that you want to run your smart devices on and buy smart devices that are certified to work with that platform. Now, if you're the type of consumer that likes to tinker with technology, or you just want more control over your smart home then yes, I do think you should pay more attention to the technology that you're smart home devices are using.

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