Everyone can take advantage of all those Internet home smart devices with a Columbus Fiber Internet connection. Whether you live in an apartment building, condo, or house you can take advantage of all sorts of smart home devices and the efficiency and automation they offer. The installation of certain devices is not possible in some cases, as it is the case in rental properties or apartments, but do not give up hope; there are still ways to use these new tools to make your home comfortable and efficient. There are a lot of devices that do not require extensive work and are easy to install and remove so you can take them with you if you move. We have compiled a list of smart home devices that work well for everyone regardless of where you live.
Smart Home Hubs
A smart hub will control everything smart in your home. Think of them as the brains of your smart home. This central device will interact with all of your other smart home devices, allowing for a central point of management and control. Installation of a hub is wire-free, so it is quick and easy to set up and remove if you happen to move. Popular smart home hubs include: Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub, Insteon Home Hub Central Controller, Samsung SmartThings Hub, Wink Hub 2. Sometimes it is necessary to have multiple Smart Home Hubs, depending on the manufacturer of other the devices you purchase and install around your home.
Smart plugs are an easy and cost-effective game-changer for a home that you can implement yourself in just minutes. Simply plug-in a smart plug into an existing electrical outlet, plug in your existing lamps, curling irons, theater, or fan; along with other common home furnishings, and they can now be automated. Set a schedule to activate them automatically, control them from anywhere with your smartphone, or use your smart hub to activate them with your voice, it’s easy. Popular smart plugs: Wemo Mini, TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini.
Smart locks may not be the way to go for some depending on if you own your home or not. However, there are renter-friendly locks that go over the existing hardware and require little installation. These newer options, and therefore, are a bit limited. Popular smart locks include: August Smart Lock Pro with Connect.
With smart lighting there is no need to re-wire no matter if you rent or own your home. Smart lighting consists of smart bulbs, smart light strips, smart lamps and accessories that make your lighting more enjoyable and easier. Smart lighting allows you to control lighting in any room of your home through an app on your smart phone, through a wireless remote or via a smart hub if you have one setup. With the right smart home hub, you can also voice control them. Popular smart lighting: Philips Hue Bulbs, Philips Hue Light Strips, Philips Hue Kits.
These devices are speakers that use a voice command integrated into a smart home assistant. This allows for hands-free voice activation using one or several words to control items around your home. Popular smart speakers: Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, Google Home Max.
Smart Air Purifiers
If you suffer from allergies or asthma an air purifier would be an ideal investment for your home. Air purifiers have become smart appliances allowing you to control the air quality in your home by tracking airborne particles through an app on your smart phone. Popular smart home air purifier: Dyson Pure Cool and LEVOIT Smart WiFi Air Purifiers.
Today you can enjoy your entertainment through several types of streaming devices. They will have you cutting the cord from the traditional TV subscription service in no time. A streaming device is a small box or stick that connects your TV to all your favorite streaming apps from movies to TV to music and games. There is a range of streaming devices to choose from some popular devices are: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, and Smart TVs. Learn more about streaming devices and services from our blog.
Smart Air Conditioner
If you are looking to cool down look no further than the smart air conditioner! Yes, you can monitor, control and adjust this air conditioner all from an app on your smart phone, tablet, smart hub or smart assistant. Popular smart air conditioners include: Frigidaire Smart Air Conditioner, GE Energy Star Smart Air Conditioner with WIFI and Remote.
Ready to transform your home? We hope our list of smart home devices has inspired you to transform your rented space, or your house, to one that is more comfortable and efficient. Our gig speed fiber will give you all the bandwidth and speed your devices require. Will easily be able to handle all your connected devices, be they smart devices, laptops, tablets, game consoles, and televisions, saving you time and money. Now you have to decide which smart home device to use and let Columbus Fiber Internet do the rest!