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How to Get Started with Smart Home Automation

Start with Smart Home Automation using platforms like SmartThings and devices like Konnected for easy control and automated routines, offering convenience and security in a simplified smart home experience.

What is Smart Home Automation?

Smart Home Automation uses technology to control your home's devices and appliances from a central location. This can be done using various devices, such as the Konnected alarm panel or smart garage door opener, smart light bulbs, thermostats, and door locks. With Smart Home Automation, you can automate tasks such as turning on the lights when you come home, adjusting the thermostat when you leave for work, arming your house alarm, or locking the doors when you go to bed.
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Why Use Smart Home Automation?

There are many reasons to use Smart Home Automation. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Convenience: Smart Home Automation can make your life more convenient by automating tasks that you would otherwise have to do manually. For example, you can set your lights to turn on when you come home, so you don't have to fumble with your keys in the dark.
  • Security: Smart Home Automation can make your home more secure by allowing you to control your devices remotely. For example, you can use your smartphone to lock the doors when you leave for work or check to see if the garage door is closed.
  • Energy savings: Smart Home Automation can help you save energy by automatically turning off lights and appliances when you're not using them. For example, you can set your thermostat to turn down when you're asleep or away from home.

How to Get Started with Smart Home Automation

There are a few things you need to do to get started with Smart Home Automation:

  1. Choose a platform: There are several different Smart Home Automation platforms available, such as SmartThings, Home Assistance, and Amazon Alexa. Each platform has its strengths and weaknesses, so choosing one that's right for you is important.
  2. Purchase devices: Once you've chosen a platform, you must purchase compatible devices. A wide variety of devices are available, so you can choose the ones that best meet your needs, such as the Konnected smart garage door opener if you want to make your garage door smart.
  3. Install the platform and devices: Once you've purchased your devices, you'll need to install the platform and connect the devices to the platform. This process will vary depending on the platform and devices you're using.
  4. Create automations: Once your devices are connected to the platform, you can create automations. Automations are rules that tell your devices what to do when certain conditions are met. For example, you could create an automation that turns on the lights when you come home and turns them off when you leave.

Using SmartThings and Konnected

 

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SmartThings is a popular Smart Home Automation platform that's easy to use and compatible with various devices. SmartThings is a great way to introduce you to the world of Smart Home Automation gently and best of all, Samsung owns it, and it is free.

Konnected's Alarm Panel is a product that connects legacy wired devices, such as door and window sensors, to SmartThings. This makes it possible to automate your entire home, even if you don't have any smart devices.

To get started with SmartThings and Konnected, you'll need to purchase a Konnected board and download the free Konnected App and the free SmartThings App. Once you have these apps, you must install both apps and create accounts. For the Konnected App, follow these instructions.

Then, you'll need to follow these instructions from the Konnected website to connect the board to SmartThings. Once the board is connected, you can start adding devices to your SmartThings system. Your Konnected Cloud registered sensors and devices will appear in SmartThings under Devices. They're ready to be used in SmartThings Home Monitor and other automation. Devices may appear in SmartThings with Checking status or Offline until Konnected reports each zone's state.

Conclusion

Smart Home Automation is a great way to make your life more convenient, secure, and energy-efficient. With SmartThings and Konnected, you can automate various things around the home. So what are you waiting for? Get started today and visit our online store here!