Smart Home Devices
A “Smart Home” refers to the integration and interconnectivity of electronic devices and appliances within a household. With digital technology being more a part of modern lifestyle than ever before, we’re seeing a huge increase in demand for convenient and easy-to-use tech/gadgets for everyday devices. Call it lazy but it’s a pretty cool feeling when you can control almost anything in your home from your smartphone with apps. All sorts is possible nowadays such as switching lights, boiling a kettle, remotely viewing inside your fridge to see what you need to buy when you’re out, to automatic opening of blinds for your windows in the morning – all through your home network. This ‘digitisation’ of our everyday lives is all thanks to the progress of networking technology within wifi routers, Bluetooth speeds and bandwidth, and the massive boom in smartphone capabilities.
Setting up a smart home network
WiFi Router – The backbone of any smart home network is your router, which will handle the communication between the vast majority of smart devices available today. A powerful and capable router will ensure a strong and reliable network within your smart home. Dual or Tri-band routers are ideal as you can keep your internet-heavy devices such as your PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones on one band (or two) and your smart appliances and devices on another to reduce channel noise as too many devices on one band or channel can give way to unstable connections due to interference.
Home Plugs – These are essential for devices with high network usage. Home plugs are small devices which are inserted directly into wall power sockets. Using the earth line as a cable network, they enable a wired Ethernet connection through your home’s wiring, turning any power socket into a potential wired connection for PCs or smart TVs. More advanced home plugs also have WiFi capabilities, making them perfect wireless bridges and access points for devices which do not have a wired connection and are further away from your router. Additionally, most have a ‘pass through’ feature, placing a power socket on the front of the plug so as to still provide access to the wall socket for any other devices. Use these in low WiFi accessibility spots to give strong wireless coverage throughout your home and into your garden.
Smart Devices - All sorts of devices are becoming ‘smart’ today, with quite a large push in kitchen appliances such as fridges, kettles, washing machines, etc. Tell your kettle to boil on your way home from work, check what fridge foods you need while you’re out and about, and receive notifications for completed wash cycles. A popular feature with modern homes is smart lighting, giving the user the ability to set light and dark hours, or customise the brightness and even colour of their home lighting to create different room ‘moods’, perfect for social events at your home.
Smart products at Overclockers UK
Home automation creates a high-end lifestyle and interconnecting smart products - controllable through apps on our phones - are the future of the modern home. Below you will find the list of network enabled products at Overclockers UK:
- Smartphone controlled LED RGB lightbulbs and lamps.
- Network connected and controlled thermostat and sensors.
- Powerline networking.
- Smart plugs for home energy management.