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Basics & tips to keep your at home automation moving smoothly

by Ted Stumpf 01/01/2023

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Using an automated Internet of Things (IoT) has helped homeowners monitor their power usage with smart plugs and smart lights, control smart thermostats from their cell phones and turn on their favorite jams with voice control.

But what if smart devices could protect our home and itself while you’re away? Here are a few key reminders to keep your home automation running smoothly and securely.

How do smart homes work?

Smart homes rely on many automated features for monitoring and convenience. These features tend to make the house more "intelligent" and household-friendly.

Smart homes usually utilize home automation systems, often accompanied by a smart hub with a line of compatible devices. The best part being that they typically work well on the same network.

How does home automation work?

Automation happens when connected devices utilize wireless technology, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, to merge functionality for user convenience and control.

This means you can control your door locks, smart lighting, smart speakers and other smart home devices from a mobile app or other automation device.

What about security?

There are a few things encompassing home automation security. The first being a home automation system you can attach security cameras, smart door locks and other security monitoring elements to.

The second facet is the security of your home's automation devices. Practicing basic internet security, like using a private network device with encryption and updating router names, are just a few ways to keep your online security and home security properly engaged.

One of the best things about smart home security systems and network security is you can either install them yourself or invest in professional installation.

Regardless of your preference, keep these basics in mind, and you'll be able to utilize your comfort with a little more peace of mind.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!