(AI) and connectivity are two of the areas of the technological world that have had more development in recent years. Both the arrival of high speed broadband and mobile networks
that are being deployed all over the world, as autonomous devices are topics that are not alien to most users.
In its evolution, both AI and high-speed connectivity have been very successful in homes, providing solutions to routine tasks, allowing even maximizing and taking advantage of free time. In this article we will see different options that, supported by these technologies, will allow you to set up a smart home without complications.
Improve the connection
Almost all homes have an internet connection. With a wide variety of Internet service providers (ISPs), there is a wide range of plans that even add digital television and telephone. Regardless of the ISP and the plan chosen, the truth is that we can almost always improve the speed and quality of the connection inside our home. This issue is crucial because it is the heart of our smart home and connected devices.
The first thing we can do is improve the reach and connection in the home. Normally routers provided by ISPs do not waste quality. In addition, with our own router, we can control certain parameters and accesses.
When choosing the most suitable one, a good idea for the Wi-Fi to reach the whole house is to buy a long-range router (also known as a wall breaker). We can recommend the Tp-link Tl-wr941hp or the Nexxt Nebula 1200mbps, the latter, an economical router with a transfer rate of 1200 megabits per second and four omnidirectional 5dBi antennas. We can also choose to add a repeater that extends the Wi-Fi signal.
Another option is to convert the home's electrical network to send data using powerline technology. Using the
Starter kit from Devolo, we can connect a device to the router and an outlet and transmit data to another point in the house (where we must connect another Devolo device included in the box).
Brands like Samsung and LG already have their own connected product ecosystems. In the case of Samsung, this commitment to its own assistant called Bixby that can interact with other equipment such as televisions, speakers, refrigerators and washing machines. In turn, the technology has a hub that must be connected to a router and be the center of experience for the artificial intelligence proposal of the brand. If you want to see this technology working, you can visit the Samsung smart home located in the Palermo neighborhood (Armenia 1644). It is open to the public from Monday to Saturday, from 11 to 20, and Sundays from 14 to 20.
For its part, LG has its ecosystem of products encompassed under the ThinQ brand. Using Google Asistant and Amazon Alexa, it offers a series of connected products ranging from refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, televisions and speakers.
Sweeping and mopping every day can be one of the most routine tasks of our lives. Luckily, there are already a number of solutions to delegate this task to connected robots that walk through our home cleaning the floors.
In LA NACION we try (and therefore we recommend) the
Roomba 980 from iRobot, one of the most complete solutions on the market. Among other things, it makes a mapping of the house improving gives cleaning times. It also allows to operate the robot through an app installed on the smartphone, being able to check the cleaning at a distance.
If we look for a cheaper alternative, also obtaining excellent results, the Smart Tek Ava Mini may be the solution. Only $ 16,000 leaves no dirt without lifting. It includes a charging base that, like the Roomba 980, returns to be charged autonomously. The Ava Mini can be programmed using its remote control to automatically start your tour every day at a specific time.
An online personal assistant
Google Assistant is one of the many technologies (along with Alexa and Siri, for example) that can become a true personal assistant to remember appointments, schedule events, answer voice mails, make phone calls and schedule and send instructions to connected devices in our home
In addition to using Assistant through our cell phone, a good idea is to add an intelligent speaker that allows you to interact with this software without pressing buttons or holding the phone with your hand.
One of the options sold in the country is JBL Link 10, a solution with 360 sound that includes Google software and can become the center of intelligent experience in our home.
With the help of cameras
Putting an eye on our home when we are not is not something new, but with the new Wi-Fi cameras we can access directly from our smartphone just by installing an app. The highlight here is that there are easy-to-install generic equipment for only $ 2000. Also outdoor cameras to monitor the perimeter of the house.
If you have a bigger budget you can buy a kit with several cameras with a DVR control unit that provide greater scalability in our security system. Another option is to acquire a Wi-Fi porter that allows you to wirelessly check through our telephone who is on the other side of the door. Although there are generic and economic solutions, one of the best options is the products of the Ring brand.
Let there be light
Another interesting aspect that we can control using our smartphone just by buying the indicated kit, are the home lights. The Philips brand already sells its HUE lights in Argentina that allow you to configure them, program routines, turn them on and off from an app installed on the mobile. A good idea is to start with the starter kit that includes the HUE hub that must be connected to the router and three connected bulbs. Then you can scale the proposal by acquiring more lamps of different types such as LED strips, dichroic, etc.
Another option is to convert a traditional lamp or lamp into a smart device. For this we can opt for a Wi-Fi plug that adds almost any traditional device to our IOT ecosystem, just be a matter of plugging it into an outlet and setting it up. Those of the national firm Solidmation are good, reliable and can be obtained at affordable prices in Mercado Libre.
Attention to safety
Setting up a smart home allows you to automate tasks and schedule routines; But one aspect that we cannot ignore is the computer security inside the home, especially having so many devices connected.
As we said before, buying our own router allows us to configure several security-related aspects such as putting a secure password to connect to the home network or even do a MAC filtering indicating that devices in our home can have internet access.
We must also pay special attention to the configuration of each device that we add to our connected house. A recommendation is to read the manuals and pay special attention to the accesses required by each of these devices.
. Six ideas to make your house smarter – LA NACION