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Original Air Date: Sep 16, 2016

DIY Home Automation Warnings

Home automation devices that are affordable made a big presence once again at this pas year’s CES with a much larger variety of companies promoting their systems.

While low cost and the easy-to-install devices can be very interesting, choosing the wrong platform may become a problem down the road.

Huge players like Samsung and LG are integrating smart home features into many of their appliances, they aren’t likely to support devices outside of their own partnerships.

If you’re serious about Do-It-Yourself home automation, something to look at are the more open standards that supports the many protocols and gadgets that are on the market.

One of my favorites is still the SmartThings platform because they created an open standard that’ll also work with over a thousand different automation devices including the Phillips Hue lightbulbs and Belkin’s popular WeMo devices.

What makes the platform even better is that anyone can generate new uses for the platform and share them with the rest of the SmartThings community.

A note of warning: since all of these system work off of your home’s wireless network, it’s critical that you’ve setup solid security on your wireless router before you start adding these devices.

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