The brains behind the custom built smart home
Have you ever been inside a smart home and wonder how it all works? As you can see in the 3rd episode of the Verges’s Home Of The Future, with Grant Imahara. Grant interviews Peter Sandford, the owner of Smarter Homes about the Smart Home brain that communicates with every automated connection in the house.
At Smarter Homes, We start with an RTI XP-3 central processor, that after connected, relays all of your voice and interface device commands. The processor translates the command to each device function to give us a desired effect. It’s no wonder that more homes are being planned with smart home features for future buyers.
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what is a DIY smart home hub?
A smart home hub is hardware or software that connects devices on a home automation network and controls communications among them.
Smart home hubs, which connect either locally or to the cloud, are useful for internet of things (IoT) devices that use the Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols or Bluetooth, rather than Wi-Fi.
Sometimes referred to as a smart home bridge, a smart home hub collects and translates various protocol communications from smart home devices. For example, if a smartphone, which does not use Zigbee to communicate, wants to “talk” with a smart lock, which only uses Zigbee and not the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth native to the smartphone, the smart home hub acts as a translator between the two.
As such, a smart home hub acts as the heart of a smart home network, tying together various devices and systems in a centralized platform. This also simplifies the network for the user and gives him a single smart home application to rule all the various systems and applications. Now, if a user wants to set up a command that when the smartphone approaches the owner’s home, the garage door opens, the hall light turns on and the radio tunes to a classical music station, he can with the smart home hub.
As the master home automation controller, a smart home hub can also divert traffic off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, easing network congestion.
With all the smart home devices connected in the home, users can also remotely access the various systems and control them while away from home with their smart home app.
How a smart home hub works
Hubs, in general, are network devices that serve as places of convergence for data from one or more devices and then forward out the data in one or more other directions.
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