Welcome to your first steps into Smart Home technology and Automation.
A Smart Home is a collection of programmable systems and devices that are tailored to enhance and simplify the way you live. Devices designed for Home security, personal safety, home entertainment, lighting, heating and Robots for house chores are now available and will continue to grow. But before you rush out and start buying a Smart Fridge and a Robotic Vacuum cleaner, take a look at the initial steps you should think about before spending your cash;
Security is a huge subject and I would recommend speaking with a specialist. This covers your Internet connection/Wi-Fi router/cabling and all the devices that you allow access to your network. Each device and piece of hardware needs to be secure. If just one of your devices becomes infected by malware, or a virus, your Smart Home is compromised. Further devices could be hacked, your online banking traffic can be viewed and your security cameras can also be compromised.
Always run complex encryption and passwords, keep all your devices and hardware fully patched and updated and never allow your ‘guests’ access to your Smart Home network as you cannot ensure that they are as security conscious as you. Ensure your Wi-Fi is always using the most secure authentication and encryption possible.
Keep it simple
Be honest with yourself with what you actually want to get from your Smart Home. Is it as simple as a Smart TV with a home server storing your movies? Is it a smart thermostat so you can reduce the money spent when no one is at home? Being specific with your aims and goals can ensure you don’t spend money unnecessarily. Remember, the more devices you have on your network, the more the overhead in managing them and keeping them secure.
Network Cabling is still faster and more secure that Wireless connectivity. If you are lucky enough to be designing and building your home or doing large renovation works etc. think about how you can use this to simplify and reduce your reliance on Wi-Fi and your future requirements. When your electrician is cabling up your light switches ask him to lay Cat6 cabling to each light socket and mains sockets ready for internet enabled switches. Place cabling ready for IP Cameras and Wi-Fi access points around your home and think about the location of your homes communication hub where all this cabling will come back to.
Just to finish, think about Security again. Make sure you always use complex passwords and use a password manager to remember them. If possible, always turn on Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) where possible. MFA will ask you to confirm access to a system/website via an alert and code sent to your mobile phone. You enter your username and password with the code from your mobile phone to gain access. This may seem too much but this is your Home and your Security.
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