How to introduce the ‘internet of things’ in your home

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When new homes are built it’s easier to include smarthome technology, but that doesn’t mean that millions of us with older homes can’t get started on a smaller or different scale.

“The beauty is, as the status quo changes for people having internet in their home, it’s get easier,” said HGTV personality and contractor Chip Wade of incorporating smart home features. “There are fewer hurdles to jump over and manufacturers are getting better creating products that aren’t so persnickety.”

Indeed, it seems there’s no part of our home that can’t be controlled by a smart device. We can turn faucets or our showers on at a certain temperature, control our ovens, TVs or music. We can adjust window shades, lock our doors and use cameras to see when people are at our doors.

And we can do it all by manipulating smart phones and other devices ourselves or by voice command — asking digital assistants Alexa (Amazon), Siri (Apple) or Google Assistant to do things for us.

Electronics have become so interconnected that it’s described by the catchphrase “the internet of things” and referred to as a movement moving at a record pace, …

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