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The mistakes to avoid when building a smart home

Building a smart home or transforming your dumb home into a smart home is certainly a very exciting activity. Home automation factors and features are so robust that it is no surprise if get overwhelmed. However, while automating a home, you have to have a level head, or else you might make mistakes that later turn out to be big challenges for the proper functioning of your smart home. Here are some points you must consider while building a smart home, as these will help you escape those mistakes:

Consider the system’s flexibility

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Whenever you bring home a home automation system, do not be mindful about present only but the future as well. By this we mean, while purchasing a home automation system enquire about its flexibility. Whether it will be able to adjust and incorporate new devices and gadgets in future or not. Try to choose ones that are flexible enough because buying home automation systems again and again is just not viable.

Overdoing brings no good

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With such a wide assortment of home automation options influencing your choice, it is not a big deal that you pick some unnecessary devices for your smart home. The more the unnecessary products the higher will be the confusion between smart devices and the home starts to look cluttered. Do not let such a vast collection of home automation products entice you, and try to stick to your and your family’s true demands. Only pick those systems and devices that can serve some real purpose for you and your family.

Secure your router

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Some people forget to give required attention to the router that is an integral part of a home automation system. They leave it open without realizing that doing so gives an opportunity to the hackers to hack their system. Other people forget to change the default password of the router, which is usually the name of the manufacturing company. Hackers are too smart and know this very well, thus, it becomes easy for them to hack your router. You must ensure that you change the default password as soon as you set up the router and do not keep it open for others.

Do a lot of research

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If the market is full of highly efficient, high-quality reputable home automation systems then it is loaded with some cheap and low-quality systems as well. If you want that you do not fall prey to such cheap companies then you must do a lot of research on market and all the brands available. Based on your research, you will be able to find whether a particular company’s product is worth your investment or not. Your research would help you get the hang of some high quality and reputable brands that actually do what they claim to do.

Choosing DIY over professional installation

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Sometimes the financial issues or the penchant to install home automation devices on your own makes you choose DIY installation over a professional installation. This choice goes well unless you commit some mistake, which usually turns up into a blunder. Suppose you choose a DIY installation in order to save money that you will pay as fee for professional help.

You set it up on your own but as soon as you start using the system, you realize there something wrong with it. Now to rectify that mistake, you will have to call a professional who will charge his fee, and you will have to pay for the damage caused to the system as well. Therefore, make sure you choose DIY installation only if you are confident enough to do it.

People usually tend to commit a number of mistakes while automating their homes. These mistakes one should avoid ion order to get most out of their home automation system.


Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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