"Smart Home" is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.
Some sources say a home must have an Internet connection and at least three different kinds of smart technology to be considered a smart home.
Most products are available in one of four protocols : X10, Z-Wave, UPB and EnOcean. They are all compatible with the internet, phone, and cell phones.
Today's smart home is still learning with some of these products:
- Wi-Fi enabled bulbs
- Smart thermostats
- connected coffee
- washing machines
- smart security systems
- horticulture to even water your plants
Remember these products can be finicky from time to time, but don't let that stop you from exploring the possibilities and make your home smarter!