There’s so much excitement in home automation today. And every week it seems there’s a great new smart home product that comes on the market, which is great for enthusiasts.
But for those who’ve been waiting to dive in it can be a bit overwhelming. The wrong move can lead a person down a path that costs hundreds of dollars and ends in frustration.
So what’s the greatest misstep to avoid?
The biggest mistake people can make in home automation is creating little “islands” that can’t speak to each other. This happens when people buy separate IoT devices that don’t work with anything else, or products that don’t integrate with a central control.
If you’re interested in creating a smart home for yourself, the first thing you need to do is decide how everything will be controlled. There are plenty of options nowadays, from smart home hubs like SmartThings and Wink, to smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Once you’ve made this initial decision to centralize your home automation efforts, you can then choose the products that will work with the whole system. In this way, you set yourself up for success!