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We live in a an age where sometimes I feel like our house is getting smarter than us. Ok, not really, but there are just so many fun technological advances in creating a home that works for you. Over the last year, I have been doing some research on “smart homes” and testing out some products in our home. Initially, it was our touchscreen door lock, then it was wi-fi controlled lightbulbs for the basement. And now, managing the outdoor Christmas lights is my newest automation adventure (because I forget to turn them on or off all the time!)
What is a smart home?
Ok, let me start first by saying that I am not a tech geek. I am just your average DIY-loving mom who works from home. So, when I first started to learn about smart home products, I literally had a picture of the Jetsons family in my mind (am I dating myself there?!). I found myself a little overwhelmed, but it’s easier to think of smart products just being any product within your home that is connected to your wifi and designed to simplify your everyday home life.
In adding these products to our home, we came across two glaring problems. The first, and most noticeable, was that we have wifi dead zones in our home. Even with a wifi booster on the main floor, our bedroom is a dead zone. This meant that some of the wifi connected products didn’t work well in our home where we wanted them too. Secondly, there are literally hundreds of smart products in the market today. And not all of them are compatible with each other, and they all had separate hubs and/or apps to control them. That alone can be overwhelming.
Managing our Home with Samsung Connect Home
I’ve partnered with Samsung to talk about how we are solving those two problems with the innovative Samsung Connect Home – a mesh Wi-Fi system that not only optimizes Wi-Fi signal throughout your home, but also acts as a SmartThings hub. Each Connect Home router covers 1,500 sq. feet, and you can connect up to five for a total of 7,500 square feet.
How does the Samsung Connect Home manage your smart home devices? Most of the time, smart home products come with their own hub and may be controlled with their own separate app. That isn’t exactly convenient. But with Samsung Connect Home and the Connect App, you simply download the app on your phone or tablet and add your compatible smart home products directly within a single app. So MUCH easier.
What Can I control with the Samsung Connect Home?
Here are just a few examples of the amazing things you can do if you have the compatible smart product:
- Phillips Hue Lightbulbs – Turn off lights automatically when you leave or change the dining room from task lighting to romantic ambiance instantly.
- Smart outlets – Turn on ALL your outdoor christmas lights with one button on your phone or on a timer.
- Nest Thermostat – Cold morning and don’t want to get out of bed? Change the thermostat from your bed. Yessssss!
- Ring Video Doobell – Knock at the door? Screen for pesky salesman with video!
- Create a secure network with access for guests. Samsung Connect Home is protected by hardware-based security technologies with integrated network certification, so you can rest easy knowing your phone and devices are secure.
- Upload, download, and stream your favorite movies on your smart TV with a strong wi-fi signal throughout your home.
These are just a few of the devices that the Connect Home is compatible with, and you can check their Connect App for the list of literally hundreds of compatible devices.
How to Setup the Samsung Connect Home Hubs
The set up is actually amazingly easy.
- Download the Samsung Connect App from the app store.
- Plug in the Samsung Connect Home hub to your modem and a power source. You can add additional hubs wirelessly in your home to increase the wi-fi coverage.
- On the app, add your Connect Home, additional hubs, and smart devices within the Connect App (the app can also even provide guidance on the best locations for your Connect Home hubs!)
Now that I can manage all these things so easily, I am on the lookout for more awesome smart devices to add to our network. What are your favorites and how have they impacted your home?
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