Ultimate Smart Home Tour and Guide: Beginner’s Edition (2020)

by birtanpublished on August 4, 2020

What's up everybody this is Danny and welcome back to another episode of ultimate smart home and today it's all about the beginners if you have no idea on how to build or even start a smart home you've come to the right place we're gonna talk about some of the

Products used to start with and I'm gonna give you a few recommendations along the way and you're gonna see that a lot of these products are budget-friendly so let's just go ahead and jump in the first and most popular

Thing you should probably pick up is a voice assistant so you have voice assistants built into your phone already but these are way more convenient because they have far-field mics built in and they're always available to

Listen to your command there are more but the three most popular are google assistant Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri or homekit platform which one you should pick is a whole another video on its own so if you want me to do that comparison

I will let me know in the comments below they're all intuitive and easy to use I personally started on the Amazon Alexa platform and now I'm using the Google assistant to run my smart home a lot of it is personal preference when picking

One up the choice that you need to make is if you want a screen to display your information or if you just want a smart speaker I prefer the display so I'm using the nest hub max it's a great speaker it has a large display and a

Camera built-in but it's not cheap there are cheaper options like the Amazon echo 5 it's a perfect size and looks great or you can go with something like the Lenovo smart clock more than likely you own more than one of these there is just

So much to choose from you should have no issue finding one for your knees like this small all-in-one echo flex where you can just plug it in directly into your wall and even expand it with the USB powered motion sensor it's so

Perfect for controlling smart lights with motion sensing that possibilities are endless and I'll leave a few more that I like in a description section below if you've never owned one of these it can make your life so much easier you

Can go as simple as asking what the weather is simple facts setting timers and getting recipes but you can get as complicated as running your entire smart home with chained voice commands and full routines so stay tuned for the next

Episode where we'll get a little bit more advanced where I'll show you how to build these routines and how to run your entire smart home with these so a lot of people ask me do you need to buy a hub when I first start and the answer is no

Because most people can just use the voice assistance as a and I think a lot of people will just be happy with that but the further that you get in smart home hubs do have an advantage a must have smart home product

That you need to consider is smart lighting so there are two different ways to get this Smart Switches and smart bulbs and there are advantages to both with either you can control your lighting from anywhere in the world

Either through a respective app or a new voice assistant that you just picked up but first let's talk about smart switches because this can be the most cost effective in a lot of scenarios there are a ton of choices out there but

The smart lighting switches that I use are from the channel sponsor lagron I've been using the radiant collection now for over a year and they have been solid design is very important to me and as you do your research you'll notice that

Not every Smart Switches looks this nice the screwless play gives us such a clean look and fits in perfect with my modern home the switches are high-quality and have a nice subtle click to them when you press them and they're really easy

To install and set up so it's not intimidating so here's an example of how going the Smart Switch route will save you a lot of money in my kitchen I have 6 BR 30 bulbs so in a situation like this if I pay 20 to 30 dollars per bulb

It can get pricey real quick or I can just get one Smart Switch & gain smart control of all six bulbs for a fraction of the price this is great because you can just use it like a normal switch so you don't have to change your daily

Routine if you don't want to but the LaGrant lights app gives you many options like operating your lights with a single tap grouping the light so you can mass control rooms to make things easier and you even have the power to

Set scenes I have a good morning routine where all of my lights downstairs turn on before I wake up so when I come downstairs I'm ready for the day the smart switches can be controlled by Google assistant or Alexa so when I

First started building a smart home I thought this was one of the coolest things in the world to control your lighting with just a voice command and to be honest it still is once you have this you cannot go back smart switches

Also have an advantage where smart light bulbs might not be available like specialty lights that give off a different ambiance and you can even gain dimming capabilities through the switch itself which is nice or the app you're

Gonna see a few new smart home products from the electron radiant collection coming up in my full smart home tour I know everybody's been waiting for it it's coming very soon make sure you subscribe for that and I'm gonna leave a

Link down below to the current radiant collection so you can check it out and find more information on it smart bulbs are also a great way to gain smart control of your lighting and if you're looking to just automate a single lamp

In the room this is super simple but what I personally love about smart bulbs are the color possibilities that come with it I personally switched over to philips hue because of the ecosystem and the

Options that you have with entertainment like the HDMI box lighting up games and content but you have a lot of solid choices out there I've used life explorer I've covered sank LED C by GE I love the way that RGB lighting can

Accent a space especially with entertainment but also with holidays like Halloween or Christmas you can light up your front porch or walkways for example or I know it's simple but just to get that perfect white lighting

You can play with the kelvin scale and i love that for my home so you don't have to get crazy with the colors but with lighting strips and everything you can put that on the furniture and get really creative with your smart home with smart

Lighting so i think this is definitely something you should look into another important piece to the smart home is protection or security and the easiest way to get a peace of mind is a smart security camera but you have a lot to

Choose from you have a scale from cheap to really expensive but the good thing is I've used quite a bit of these so I want to talk about some of the more affordable options like the why scam these are about 25 bucks right now and

I've seen them go as low as 20 bucks before and they just give you what you need a live 1080p video stream with two-way audio and you can do this from anywhere in the world with the wise app you get motion notifications you even

Get free 14 days of cloud recording there's even an SD card slot so if you want to record continuously I think you can do that up to 7 days and it works perfectly with Amazon Alexa and Google assistant which is really nice another

Solid option is the blink mini it's a compact indoor security camera with HD resolution to a audio and custom motion zones these will definitely do the job and they have a lot of integration with Amazon Alexa and start right around 35

Bucks so that's also a solid choice another good one is the Samsung smartthings cam they're about 70 bucks but I love the way it integrates into the Samsung ecosystem I have a samsung TV and even a

Samsung family help fridge and I can access this camera on the TV and on the fridge which i think is nice a little bit overkill but it's nice I can also get notifications directly from the TV so if I'm sitting here watching TV

That's nice if there's a motion detection or something like that I'll see it pop up right here and I can view it right from the TV which is really cool while there are a lot of products out there and some of them

Might be cheaper you may want to consider ecosystem when you start picking up these smart home products like for example for my cameras I use nest cam IQ indoor and I use the nest hub max so I can access these cameras by

Voice directly to the hub at any time I can use this for two-way talks so even on my smaller nest hub I can do the same from my office to the kitchen and I also have a nest hello video doorbell so as soon as someone rings that doorbell I

Can see it right through the max hub immediately Danny is that front door then I can speak to them if I want to I don't have to have my phone it's really convenient unfortunately that's what I think is one of the biggest problems

With smart home is that not all products work this seamlessly together because if you pick up different manufacturers they may not all speak to each other correctly even though you can tie them in through the hub it's not the same

Experience as in say nest which I just showed you so just think about ecosystem when you're purchasing sometimes buying the same brand can give you some advantages especially if they're from the big tech giants like Google and

Amazon continuing with doorbells the most popular is the ring video doorbell I used one for 3 to 4 years and it worked really well I love the ring community feature I switched over to the nest hello when it

Launched and I love the way it works with my Google ecosystem and the 24/7 video recording is why I keep using it it does cost money but it treats the doorbell as a security camera which I like but this is one of the more

Expensive offerings but there's still some solid ones that are much cheaper from our low euphy August remo there's a ton of them so I'll leave a few link down below that I like I tell the same story about video doorbells to everyone

It is your first frontline security product on your home and it's the perfect example of what smart home is supposed to do it solves a problem and it gives you convenience because of the popularity of these things

You no longer really have this problem where you're gonna miss a delivery worker or if somebody steals your package then at least you have some footage that you can give to the police a smart video doorbell is something that

You should definitely add and look into when you're building a smart phone a smart lock is something that you should also consider if you want that convenience of not carrying a key around I know a lot of people don't think this

Is safe because I get comments about it all the time but think about if you lose your keys you're kind of under the same predicament and a lot of people use their phones to open or lock their doors and if you're trusting your bank account

To your phone with all the security you have there with biometrics face ID then I think you could probably trust your front door access to it and let's just keep it real if somebody wants to get into your house

They're gonna get in they're just gonna throw a rock in your window was that too much but if you want to use a physical key there are still choices with smart locks like auguste lock and the new level lock I have experienced with the

August lock so you only change the interior part of your lock so on the outside it looks like a normal lock but you still have all of that functionality of smart control I use the nest Yale lock which is super simple with just a

Number pad on the outside and before that I used a slake neck lock which has the number pad and the key so it has the best of both worlds smart locks in my opinion also are a big problem solver a perfect example of smart home because

There's a lot of times where you leave your home and you think did I forget to lock that back door and you don't know so you end up driving back around to check if that door is locked or not but with a smart lock you can just check on

Your app and if it's unlocked then you can just lock it right through the app and not have to worry about it the last thing I want to talk about is the most expensive but totally worth it is the smart thermostat again I also think this

Is a problem solver and a convenience piece because last house that I had had the thermostat upstairs so every time that we want to tell you the temperature we had to go upstairs I know first of all problems but there are other

Advantages this level of control is especially great for vacations and saving energy because there's no reason to heat and cool to certain levels when you aren't home and when you come back in the temperatures change you can just

Heat or cool your house right from the airport before you get home so you greeted with a comfortable temperature which is awesome again there are a ton of them I personally use the nest thermostat but also had great

Experiences with ecobee and I'll also leave a few down in the description that I recommend alright one bonus product and that is a smart garage door opener and why I like this is solely because I forget to close my garage door all the

Time and this is a great way of keeping my house safe I use the Chamberlain myq it's super affordable between 30 and 40 bucks and you can easily just open and close the garage door through the app but this is where this video gets cool

Because all of the products that I showed you today can all be connected together to run through one routine and you do not have to have a lot of products to make a functional and awesome smart home I think a lot of

People will be happy with this level of smart home so for example through Google assistant I have a good night routine so with one voice command it will turn off all of my downstairs lights it will dim my front porch lights to 50% check all

Of my smart locks to see if they are locked and lock them if they're not turn down the temperature because I like it a little cooler at night and it will check to see if my garage door is left open and if it is it will automatically close

For me all with one voice command that is pretty sweet so I'm gonna end this video with some advice if you're beginner don't go crazy and just start spending a bunch of money I would start with a voice assistant first maybe buy

Smart switch some smart lighting and a few other products and just start personalizing the smart home because that's the beauty of smart home is that it's supposed to solve a problem and you don't need a whole bunch of products to

Wow your friends you need products that are gonna help you and make your life more convenience so he goes wild as you want or you can keep it as simplistic as you want but build the smart home to personalize your home and don't get

Caught up in all the hype so that about does it for the 2020 edition of ultimate smart home beginners edition let me know if you enjoyed this give me a thumbs up if you want to see a lot more of these kind of videos and make sure you

Subscribe so you can see the intermediate and more advanced because I'm gonna show you how to kind of tie this together and maybe tell you how to do some of the routines we can step to that together so you can build that

Ultimate smart home thank you for watching and I will see you in the next episode

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