July 9, 2018

Smart Home Singapore 2018: 5 Things to Consider for a Smart Home in Singapore

Smart Home Singapore

Smart home technology has come a long way in the last few years and it is only going to keep getting more and more advanced. It’s also quickly becoming more affordable and showing up in more and more homes. From the latest smart speaker, smartplug, the lights, door lock or garage door automation, there are so many gadgets out there. If you’re thinking about getting a smart home system, there’s a lot to think about before you even buy your first gadget. Remember, this is your home—your smart home hub, your safe space—and you want to make sure it stays that way. It’s important to build your system right and make sure you’re always being as safe and smart as possible.

Here are some tips as to how to proceed when you’re first considering a smart home system.

 

1. Do Your Research

Before you decide what kind of devices or services to use in your smart home, you have to do a lot of research. Just like when you make any other major purchase, compare different prices and warranties to make sure you’re getting the best possible tools for your money.

Because we’re talking about smart home technology, you also really need to worry about security. We’ll get into detail later but make sure to do research on the companies and brands you’re choosing. The choices you make as far as tech and equipment go should be budget-friendly but it’s essential that they’re safety-smart, too.

 

2. Make a Plan

Planning is the most time consuming part of the process when you’re considering a smart home but it’s absolutely essential if you want to get it right. The first thing you should do is figure out what you need or want in your smart home. Here’s just a few of the technologies available:

  • Lighting control
  • Security alarms
  • Security cameras
  • Access control
  • Home theater and entertainment system control
  • Temperature control
  • Irrigation and watering
  • Smoke/carbon monoxide alarms
  • Baby monitors

Ask yourself, what do I need for my home? Do you want a smart home that can turn the lights on for you and set the thermostat so your home is the perfect temperature for you when you arrive home from work? Or do you want something simple that can show you who’s ringing the doorbell and alert you if anything strange happens while you’re away from home?

There’s also something else to consider. Plan for now but also plan for the future. For example, maybe you don’t have any children at the moment but you’re planning to have some in the future. Allow some room for expansion in case you need it in the future.

Also, keep in mind that this technology is constantly changing. Plan for regular updates in the future and don’t be surprised when different products and models become obsolete quickly. Just like cell phones, cars, and music players, this technology too changes in a fast pace. That’s good because the flaws and problems get addressed and corrected quickly but you also have to make sure you keep up.

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3. Choose Wisely

Some of the major players in smart home technology don’t play well together. For example, Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple Home kit are all major devices on the market that are used as a sort of central hub for your smart home. The idea is that you set up these devices to work with the different smart devices in your home so you can control everything from a single hub.

But, here’s the thing. Not all of these devices are designed to work together because they all use different languages to communicate. This is, in part, because the technology doesn’t yet allow for multiple integrations and partially because big brands don’t necessarily want it to. Each of the major companies wants you to use their device for your home so they sweeten the deal by offering different partnerships and functionalities.

 

4. Keep Your Network Secure

Something really important to keep in mind is that all of these devices use the Internet in some way. That means you really have to be sure that your wireless network is as secure as possible. Think about it: every single one of these devices is a way into your home in one way or another. We’ve all heard horror stories about baby monitors being hacked into. With an unsecured connection and a skilled hacker, it’s possible that someone could take over your system and control just about every aspect of your home.

You might want to consider running your smart home on its own network rather than on the same network that you use for surfing the Internet. This just creates a clear distinction between them and means less chance of exposure for your smart home.

One of the very first things to do is set up as many firewalls as possible. You can also use a virtual private network or VPN, so you can access the smart home network through your home network without running the risk of public access.

Also, use common sense when it comes to passwords. Don’t use the same passwords you use for anything else and make sure they’re really secure. It’s one thing if someone figures out your Facebook password and finds embarrassing photos of you. It’s another thing for someone to hack into your home.

 

5. Keep Your Smartphone Secure

This might sound like common sense because, hopefully, you’re already being as safe as you can with your smartphone but keep this in mind. Just because your home is secure doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way. Just about every device used in a smart home is somehow connected to and even controlled by an app on your smartphone. Whether you control the lighting and door locks or use a camera to check in on your children or pets during the day, your smartphone is another entry point into your home.

Most smartphones these days are equipped with a lot of security measures and will only let you past the lock screen with a fingerprint, passcode, or even using facial recognition. Make sure you use the tightest security methods available to you. These things work well, but only if you have them enabled.