Can a smart home work without the Internet, will it slow down your home Wi-Fi, and what is it all about? Here are the answers to the most popular questions about the smart home. 

If I Buy a Smart Lamp or Speaker, Will My House Become Smart?

A smart home is a construction set that is built from a variety of smart devices: sensors, light bulbs, appliances. Each set of devices solves your specific problem: you can set the light to turn on automatically when you come home, or turn off the humidifier when you open the window.

A smart device is one that is controlled remotely through a mobile app or voice assistant and participates in smart home scenarios. Smart gadgets can do more than just turn on and off on your command or schedule. Light bulbs, for example, can change brightness depending on the time of day, helping you get into gambling at an online casino South Africa in the evening, and a kettle can heat water to the right temperature for different kinds of tea and entertain children with backlighting.

There is no degree of “smartness” in a smart home – you can use as many devices and sensors as you want. The more there are, the more options you have. To turn off lights in the whole house without getting out of bed, you need to replace all the bulbs with smart ones (not just the lamp in the corridor). And without a window opening sensor, you can’t set the humidifier to turn off automatically when the window is open.

Where Do I Start to Build a Smart Home? Are There Any Starter Kits?

You can start small: with a smart light bulb or an outlet. Simple options are inexpensive and fairly easy to set up. A light bulb will help you fall asleep by gradually reducing the brightness half an hour before bedtime. With a smart outlet, you can turn on the heater before you go to the cottage so the air has time to warm up. Or set the pump to deliver water to your plants on a schedule, so you can leave for a whole month without harming your crops.

There are starter kits like the Aqara SHK61 with a hub, leak, temperature and humidity sensors, door and window openers, a wireless button, and a smart outlet. Since there are a lot of gadgets in such a set, the scenarios available will be more interesting. For example, turning on the heater when the temperature drops below 15 degrees, or turning off appliances at the touch of a smart button. In the first case you need a smart socket and a temperature sensor, and in the second case you need a smart button and several smart outlets: one for each appliance you want to turn off.

What Devices Can Work in a Smart Home?


They are needed for monitoring and security. If an event happens, you’ll get a notification on your smartphone or a programmed script will start automatically. For example, if everyone leaves the room and the sensor does not register the movement – the light turns off, the oven burns cookies – the alarm turns on, the video camera notices movement in the house – you get a notification on your phone.


Usually triggered by a command from a hub or sensor. For example, the shut-off faucet shuts off the water if the sensor detects flooding. And the most universal executive device is probably a smart socket: there can be many different scenarios with it.

Home Appliances

Cleaners, humidifiers, robot vacuum cleaners, heaters, boilers, air conditioners, kettles and even refrigerators already work in smart home systems.

Can Smart Gadgets From Different Manufacturers Be Connected to the Same Smart Home?

Each manufacturer (Aqara, Hiper, Ajax, Digma, etc.) has its own mobile app to control gadgets and set up scenarios. It is not possible to connect devices of another brand to such an application.

How to combine them into one scenario? Voice assistants help out again. First, you set up the devices in the manufacturers’ apps, and then create a common scenario in the voice assistant app. The main thing is that the smart devices support the same voice assistant.

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