5 Devices To Have An Awesome Smart Home In Just A Weekend

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Prepping up your home with smart gadgets can be a challenge. Taking the DIY approach is surely cheaper than a full-fledged professional system like Control4, but that doesn’t mean the cost is too low to value.

Plus, if you’re just beginning in the DIY space, it can also consume a lot of your time.

It doesn’t have to be that way. I am going to show you 5 top-rated smart gadgets you can setup in your home fast and without any extra fuss.

Nest Cam Indoor

Costing about $200, the product is the leading benchmark when it comes to streaming 1080p video.

It’s not hard to set up. You can place it on top of a steady table, connect the base with a magnetic surface, or attach is somewhere permanently with the hardware included.

There’s no way to integrate this with any of the voice control devices right now,  but it can be used with Wink, IFTTT or Nest’s own automation platform.

  • Original Price: $199 | Discount Price: $174 | You Save: $25
  • Time To Install: 40 Minutes
  • Connects With: Wink, IFTTT, Nest

August Smart Lock

Another simple to install smart device, it allows you to lock or unlock your doors from your cell phone. You can control this behaviour through an Amazon Alexa device, or Siri.

By default, it will operate locally via Bluetooth connection, but you can also give it WiFi ability with August Connect.

  • Price: $229
  • Time To Install: 40 Minutes
  • Connects With: Apple Homekit, IFTTT, Amazon Alexa

Lifx Color 1000

At $80 a pop, these bulbs change their color and provide brighter light than Philips Hue. You don’t need an expensive starter kit or a router-tethered hub to set these up.

All you need to do is just screw the bulb in as usual, get the iOS or Android app and you’re ready to customize lightning from your cell phone, or voice with Amazon Alexa.

  • Price: $82
  • Time To Install: 40 Minutes
  • Connects With: Apple Homekit, IFTTT, Amazon Alexa

iHome iSP8 SmartPlug

Turn your daily household items into smart, connected devices with these smart plugs. This product is one of my absolute favorites because it’s so reliable and integrates smoothly with several smart home platforms.

You simply plug this into an outlet. The download and open the app and you can control that lamp in the corner of your room with your mobile phone.

  • Price: $50
  • Time To Install: 10 Minutes
  • Connects With: Apple Homekit, Nest, Wink, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Alexa

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon’s Alexa speakers are the best choice when you want to voice control your home with the least effort. The Echo Dot is one product which known for solid functioning with relatively low price.

Ease of installation is another big plus. Once you’ve plugged it in, download the Alexa app and you’ll be able to control your smart plugs, Lifx bulbs,  smart lock and do so much more just with your voice.

  • Price: $50
  • Time To Install: 10 Minutes
  • Connects With: IFTTT, Wink, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Alexa

Making Your Home Smart

This, by any means, isn’t a comprehensive list of all quick and easy to install smart home tech, but it’s a good point to start.

I have taken care in mentioning only those gadgets which work with a minimum of two smart home platforms. In fact, except for Nest Cam, all the above tech is compatible with Amazon Alexa.

So you’ll never have to worry about connectedness when you thinking about scaling up and adding more devices to your smart home network.

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