Smart home controllers this 2016 has made a lot of breakthroughs. Unfortunately, these breakthroughs are not that notable when the common consumer has little to no knowledge as to how to operate a smart home. Admittedly, home automation is still in its early stages and it has a long way to go when it comes to being 100% worry-free, but slowly and surely, we’re getting there.
What are the biggest challenges for consumers when it comes to smart home devices, you say? For starters, people who don’t consider themselves “tech-savvy” are going to find it quite challenging. Fortunately, most devices – especially smart home controllers – come with a set of instructions to give you enough knowledge.
But what if you finally learned the hoops and bought a smart home controller that would bind every smart home device out there, only to find out that your device is now useless thanks to Google? Much more will be discussed below.
When Smart Home Controllers and Manufacturers Change Plans
When Google’s Nest bought Revolv, an amazing smart home hub that was able to connect various smart home devices under one platform, a lot of people who owned the smart home controller were excited with what Google can do to improve their lives. Things didn’t turn out as exciting as they have expected. Google decided to shut down Revolv’s server.
With the servers down, hundreds of people who purchased Revolv were left with a smart home controller that lost its juice. What a waste of money especially if you bought one during its release. Because of issues like these, it’s hard to convince more people into joining the community. But on the bright side, there are still a lot more of innovations to come when it comes to the smart home industry.
Choosing Smart Home Controllers and Products
Perhaps one of the most annoying things about starting your smart home network is following a specific standard. Unlike normal home things like, say, a light bulb. Buying a light bulb is easy, just find the desired wattage and you’ve already finished half of your task. With smart home devices, you have to make sure that the home automation device you want is compatible with your smart home controller. Now that Revolv, is gone, finding a new hub that could connect everything would be a challenge.
Because of this dilemma, a lot of consumers are quite hesitant about buying smart home technology. Almost every major player today are thinking about having their own standard, while others are clever enough of thinking of bridging everything together. Either way, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and other smart home developers are doing a good job at making people curious.
Should you make the Switch to Smart Home Controllers?
According to smart home experts, 2020 would be the golden era for home automation technology. Not only would it bring millions of revenue to the industry, but newer and newer advancements would be making our lives a lot easier. But as of 2016, it’s safe to do your research some more until you are finally ready to take a dip.
The thing about building your smart home network is that it tends to get addictive. You might start with simple Z-Wave starter kits, only to realize that you want the whole package. With that being said, it’s safe to say that your budget is important. If you have the budget to purchase the best of the best, by all means, go for it.
However, if you are looking to make the most out of your money, here’s one tip that could really make a difference: buy a good smart home controller. Great smart home devices won’t be that “great” if you have a mediocre home controller. Finding the best one for your budget as well as needs would be the greatest investment to start with. Once you have that, prepare for a whole new world of learning.