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SPY Guide: How to Set Up Your Smart Home

How to Set Up Your Smart
Image courtesy of Amazon
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* Internet of Things (IoT) devices sync to your home network
* Use your smart virtual assistant to control every smart device in your home
* Choose from smart dimmers, smart thermostats and more

The Internet of Things (IoT) has given our everyday appliances more connectivity than ever before. From your smart TV to smart light bulbs, thermostat and more, almost every appliance today comes with some sort of online connectivity.

Fortunately, even the most uncouth of us can take advantage of this greater connectivity. By simply syncing your IoT device to your home’s router, you can take connect it to virtually every other device in your home network, and with the right virtual assistant, you control every device with a single command.

Now that you know how IoT devices work, here are six products to help you get your home setup started.

1. Amazon Echo

The device that reshaped the modern virtual assistant, the Amazon Echo utilizes what’s arguably the greatest voice-activated technology to let you play music, set times, make hands-free calls, control other smart devices and more.

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2. Fire TV With 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote

The first of its kind, Amazon’s new Fire TV offers stunning 4K video and comes with your favorite Alexa virtual assistant built in. That means you can take full advantage of all the great things Alexa has to offer, all while enjoying it in the comfort of 4K technology.

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3. Wemo Light Switch

Say goodbye to those old 20th century light switches, the Wemo offers a new way to dim, brighten and adjust your light settings. Compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa, you simply just install the new lights, sync them to your smart devices, and voila. You’re able to control your home’s light at the touch of a button.

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4. Philips Hue White Smart Bulb

This smart bulbs starter kit has everything you upgrade your old-fashioned lights. With the ability to control your lights with your virtual assistant, you can change the color, dim, set timers and more. Simply replace your old lights with the new bulbs, download the Philips app, sync the light bridge to your home and you’re good to go. Easy peasy.

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5. Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen

Upgrade your home’s security with this impressive smart-lock system. Sync this lock to your Alexa smart system for more comprehensive control over your home’s locks. With the ability to store up to 30 personalized user codes and the option to lock and unlock with your smartphone, you’ll never have to worry about losing your house key again.

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6. Emerson Thermostats

Tired of having to wake up in the middle of the night to turn the thermostat on? The Emerson line of smart thermostats make those midnight temperature checks a thing of the past. Connect this smart thermostat to your home’s Alexa or Google service for instant control at the touch of a button. You can set up automatic timers and control the temp from your smartphone too.

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