There is a lot of automation technology out there but it doesn’t all get along. Fortunately, the nearly universal WiFi technology is increasingly being integrated into home automation. This makes the transition to a smart home that much easier.
If you already have a WiFi router in your home, you already have the central hub to connect all of your WiFi products. The upside of WiFi home automation is that it requires minimal equipment (beyond the smart devices themselves). The downside is that they can eat up a lot of your bandwith.
Getting a home automation controller can help with this. You can use a variety of different devices to control it:
SmartThings is created by Samsung. Originally, it only supported Samsung products but now it can integrate Z wave, Zigbee and WiFi. The biggest advantage of this is that you can seamlessly integrate your WiFi devices with those that aren’t running on WiFi.
This is good if you don’t want to put too much strain on your WiFi. You can buy smart devices that don’t use WiFi and still communicate with them using your WiFi enabled devices.
It also allows you to control everything from a single SmartThings app which you will appreciate more and more as you add more devices to your smart home system.
Wink offers even more versatility than SmartThings. You can connect with Z wave, Zigbee, WiFi, Bluetooth, Lutron, and even Amazon Echo. This means you have a huge range of products to choose from and you won’t have to worry as much about compatibility.
The downside is that the manufacturers still haven’t worked out all the bugs so it is still a little difficult to connect new devices.
OnHub is a new WiFi router from Google designed specifically for smart homes that have a lot of WiFi home automation devices. It allows you to easily see and manage all connected devices in your network.
You can even allocate bandwidth according to your highest priorities. That means you can make sure your home security system is always connected. This control is even available remotely from your smartphone and tablet. That gives you mobile control of home automation systems and you could even have a designated home automation tablet to manage it all.
It is designed to handle the heavier load put on your WiFi by all your new smart home automation products. It handles the increased demand by integrating things like Bluetooth and Weave. It also has a 360 degree antenna to send the signal throughout your house more efficiently.
We would recommend OnHub for those who have exclusively WiFi home automation products as this router is better able to handle the newly increased demand on your WiFi. However, if you have a variety of different products, you might want to go with a controller