Smart home ecosystems

Connect your home and navigate all of your smart devices from one app.

 

Want to control several smart home products from a single app? Then a smart home ecosystem might be just the thing for you! In an ecosystem, you can connect all kinds of compatible devices from various manufacturers. From smart lights, to smart thermostats, to smart speakers, to smart cameras. The choice is yours!

 

What is a smart home ecosystem?

An ecosystem is a group of compatible smart home products from multiple manufacturers that are managed and controlled through a single user interface. The days when manufacturers lived and operated within their own shells are a thing of the past, especially in the smart home world. But what does this actually mean and why does it matter? Well, this integration between different manufacturers gives you the ability to set up, connect and control all of your smart home products in the ecosystem from just one app. This means that there’s no more constant flicking between different apps. One interface to learn and one easy-to-use smart home controller.

 

What can I do with a smart home ecosystem?

Compatible smart home products can be connected together using a central app, making setting up your smart home easier than ever. This allows you to control the devices using just your smartphone to create a home automation system with preset routines and schedules. For example, you could arrange for your heating to turn off as soon as you open a window, or for a light to turn on when you enter the room. You can also connect these routines with your home security system so that the alarm sounds when a glass break detector is activated.

 

Where do I start?

So you want to know how to build a smart home system for all your devices? Firstly, you'll need to have the relevant app installed on your smartphone or tablet. All compatible smart home products can then be added to the app. If you want to have the ability to control your smart home products from more than just one device then this is also possible and easy to set up.

 

How do I set up a smart home ecosystem?

To begin with, it's important to check that your smart home products are compatible with the central controller for the ecosystem. For example, if you're using the Google Home app, double check that your smart devices are compatible with Google. Don't worry too much if some of them aren't compatible though. The integration between manufacturers is growing all the time. Next, make sure your smartphone or tablet is up to date and able to run the relevant app.

 

Which ecosystems are available for smart home products?

The selection of smart home products is massive and expanding every day. This means that the type of ecosystem that you can have varies a lot. The three listed below - Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, are the most well-known and provide a great starting point. However, there are others available should you wish to go down a different route.

 

 

 

Primarily, the Google Assistant can be used to control all of your Google devices such as your Chromecast or Google WiFi. Google's Assistant can do more than this though. You can also use it to control and manage all of your smart home products from other manufacturers (just remember to check compatibility first). Google Assistant can also be controlled with your voice, so you can manage your entire ecosystem using simple voice commands.

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Another leading player is Apple, with their Apple HomeKit ecosystem. The app is automatically pre-installed on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 10 or higher. Similarly to the Google system, you can add and control all compatible devices from within the app. Additionally, you can also use Apple’s voice assistant Siri to give commands and carry out tasks.

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Amazon also offers an ecosystem in which all compatible smart home products can be managed using an app. As well as this, you can make use of Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa. Use simple voice commands to give Alexa instructions to control your other smart home products or even carry out tasks.

More about Amazon Alexa

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