How to Start a Smart Home in 2021


How to start or expand your smart home in 2021 – should you use a company or do it yourself? What’s new with smart home tech this year? What kind of devices should you get for your smart home?

0:00 Intro
0:22 Choosing a smart home platform
1:12 Apple, Amazon and Google’s platforms
1:55 Can you use multiple platforms?
2:15 Smart Home device compatibility
2:47 Project Connected Home over IP
3:23 What is Zigbee?
4:34 Are smart home hubs still needed?
5:25 Smart Home device type categories
5:43 Whole Home Audio
6:47 Controlling TVs and Media rooms
8:03 Smart lights
9:24 Smart light accessories
9:40 Smart light switches
10:10 Smart thermostats
10:58 Smart Home security systems
12:20 Smart Home appliances & accessories
13:09 Automating your smart home
14:23 Closing thoughts

Smart home products/related videos:

Smart Speakers –

Amazon Echo:
Amazon Echo review:
Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Nest Mini:
Amazon Echo Show:

Google Nest Hub review:

Google Nest Hub Max Review – 6 Months Later:

Google Nest Mini Review – 6 Months Later:

Google Home Max review:

Google Nest Audio:

Media devices –
Amazon Fire TV Stick:
Amazon Fire TV Cube:
Google Chromecast with Google TV – What’s New:

Apple TV review:
Apple TV:

Smart Lights –
Phillips Hue starter pack :
Phillips Hue lighting system review:
GE stater pack:
Ikea bulbs starter pack:

Climate Control devices –
Nest 3rd Gen Smart Thermostat:
Ecobee Thermostat Review:
Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat:
Honeywell Lyric Smart Thermostat:

Smart Home Security Systems –
Ring Doorbell:
Nest Hello Doorbell:
Simply Safe:

Smart Home Appliances/Accessories –
TP Link smart switch:

Serena Smart Wood Blinds by Lutron Review – 6 Months Later:

iRobot Roomba vaccum cleaner:
iRobot i7+ robotic vacuum cleaner review – 6 Months Later:

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