For those of use who were born between 1946 and 1964 , the development of smart home technology is welcomed. Smart home technology can add comfort and simplicity to our daily lives. If you have a home based business or home office, smart technology can increase productivity by automating tasks that once required human interaction.
Why not get them an addition to their smart home? I recently installed Bond, which is a device that turns any remote controlled fan or fireplace smart in seconds .
The setup was relatively easy, first download the Bond app, then connect your phone to your Bond using the app. After connecting your phone to the Bond, follow the instruction to connect Bond to your home or office Wi-Fi network.
After the Bond is connected to your W-Fi network, point each of your ceiling fan remotes at it until the Bond recognizes the remote. I set up three four year old Hampton Bay fans in less than an hour.
After you have the fans and fan light working in the app, follow the instructions to allow Google or Alexia to control your new smart ceiling fans. You will be able to operate the fans and light in any room from any other room just by using your voice. If you have multiple lights in the same room connected to Google, you can turn them all off with one command.
Mesh Network - Another great gift idea for your baby boomer
Another addition to a smart home of office is a mesh network. A mesh network is a group of devices that act as a single Wi-Fi network; so there are multiple sources of Wi-Fi around your house, instead of just a single router.
The NETGEAR Orbi Ultra-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi System is very fast WiFi router and single satellite extender with speeds up to 3 Gbps over 5,000 sq. feet. Mesh networking kits are most useful in larger houses that a single router can’t cover anyway or when you can’t move your router to a central location in your house
The NETGEAR Orbi Ultra-Performance Whole Home Mesh WiFi System also has a unit that you can easily place on an outside wall and is designed to withstand the rain and sun. This will allow control of outdoor smart devices like waterfalls or outdoor lighting.
How do you make an outdoor waterfall smart? I'll cover that in my next blog post.