Smart home devices are not just functional and ubiquitous, they are also cool and catchy. Almost every day, a new one with many more functions than the last hits the market. If you’re a big fan of the latest smart devices, it’s quite easy to get carried away with all the cool, user-friendly features every new smart home gadget promises.
How can you make a good pick when you shop for smart home devices? What features should you look out for on your next purchase? Here are 5 important ones to take note of as you consider adding a smart gadget to your home.
Depending on the features, specifications, rating, and brand, smart devices can vary a lot in price. Sometimes, even the same device can be listed at different prices by different stores. You must choose your price point according to the importance of the smart device you want to buy. However, you also need to know that ridiculously cheap devices may not last long, especially if they come from relatively unknown manufacturers.
Online stores like eBay, Amazon, and even walk-in local electronics stores have a massive array of smart home devices on sale. Many of these smart gadgets are made by companies with relatively unknown names. It’s often better to stick with established and trusted brands. However, should you decide to gamble on a new brand, carefully read reviews so you can have an idea of what to expect? Otherwise, you could be buying a device that spies on you, leaks your private user data, or breaks down too soon.
Another important feature to consider before buying a smart home device is how such a device connects to the internet. While some devices require a hub to connect to the internet, some others just connect directly to your home Wi-Fi network. Devices that require hubs for internet connectivity are often limited in connection whenever the hub goes down. Therefore, it’s always smarter to get a device that directly connects to the Wi-Fi instead.
When it comes to the power supply, there are two major types of smart home devices. Some smart devices use a direct power outlet, while some others are powered by a built-in rechargeable battery. Each of both types has its peculiarities and adaptability.
Battery-powered smart gadgets can be placed in remote, hard-to-reach locations where vandals won’t be able to damage them. They also do not reduce the cost of electrical wiring. However, the biggest challenge is how to keep them recharged. On the other hand, smart devices that require a direct power source often offer more features and work faster. However, their biggest demerit is that they go offline during power outages.
Free or Paid Subscription Plans
Some smart devices (such as smart security cameras and smart speakers) require that you pay a certain fee (sometimes monthly) to access all their features. You need to consider if you can afford these premium plans or not. The safest option is to always opt for a smart device with a free standard pan.
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