As technology evolves, home security gets smarter and more efficient.
Home security has become so integrated with home automation that they work together. In the same way your smart home hub ties your smart home together, the smart home hub ties your home security together.
So whether you’re looking to turn the AC down in the living room or automatically lock doors at a certain time, smart homes and home security go hand-in-hand. That means your hub is one of the most important pieces you can invest in.
Why You Need a Home Security Hub
Simply put, it connects all of your home security smart tech together into one easy to use area. Think of it as the brain and all your smart home tech and security tech as the limbs that need to move together in harmony.
The best automated home security hubs also allow for remote access; this means that you can view your security camera footage over your phone, or turn on and off the lights to make it look like your home when you’re not.
Research & Understand Device Compatibility
Before purchasing a hub and the smart tech equipment that goes with it, you’ll want to check and make sure the two are compatible.
So first, what all do you want your smart hub to do?
- Indoor Lights
- Motion detection
- Security Cameras
- Outdoor flood lights
- Or even more
Second, once you know what smart tech you want to purchase find a good brand that works with many different kinds of smart hubs.
Next up, getting do know the smart hubs!
Get to Know Your Hubs
There are three main types of hubs: dedicated hubs, voice-assistant or “speaker” hubs, and software hubs. Here are a few things you should know about each of them.
Dedicated smart home hubs
- Wink and Samsung SmartThings are good examples of dedicated hubs.
- Should be equipped with all necessary protocols and software to operate your devices from one app.
- You will want to make sure the other devices (lights, security cameras, etc.) will sync with your hub. While they work with a many devices, they won’t work for absolutely everything.
- Dedicated smart home hubs have been losing popularity as the new voice assistant hubs have taken over (think Google and Amazon).
Voice assistant smart home hub
- Technically not a class of hubs, but are often used as such.
- You’re most likely familiar with these hubs as Google Home and Amazon Echo.
- Many programmers are catering to these hubs as they are the most popular. So you’ll most likely have no trouble finding equipment that works with either.
- Will only communicate via Wi-Fi and would need to be in the same area as your smart tech.
- Voice controlled.
Software Home Hub
- An app that acts as a hub.
- Means less tech and boxes around your home.
- Can unify some smart devices on your smartphone through one app.
- Examples include Yonomi, Elgato, and EVE.
Other Things to Consider
While almost all home security hubs work over Wi-Fi, it’s a good idea to purchase a hub that will work off of Wi-Fi for your home security system. Because what good is a security system that doesn’t work when the power or Wi-Fi goes out?
You also want your hub to have a two-step connection. That means that even if a burglar smashed your wall panel, your hub is still sending alarm signals to your security monitoring company.
So what kind of smart home hub are you looking for? Do you want just an app? A speaker you can talk to? Or a physical hub that integrates with a lot of smart tech?
Putting it All Together
So now that you have an idea of the kind of smart tech you’re looking for, and you have an idea of the different kinds of smart home security hubs are available, it’s time to pick two that are compatible with each other.
For DIY installation, we recommend you match a hub type to your home security plans. Home security professionals are the best people to talk to about your plans. They install these systems daily and can tell you if the hub you’ve chosen is going to meet your goals.
If you’re looking for something simple to start out with, Amazon Echo Dot is a great little device. If you’re looking for something a little more comprehensive, the Wink 2 supports most protocols and consists of many different home standards.
If you’re going with professional installation, the home security company will help you install an excellent home security hub that will work with your current smart home equipment.
We recommend speaking with home security professionals and your monitoring company for your specific needs. They can tell you more directly if the hub you’re looking at will support your smart home and security devices.
You especially want to ensure that your hub will work with your monitoring company and that it can be set-up with a two-step approach. That way, if an intruder breaks your hub, your alarms will still communicate with your monitoring service.
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