Whether you're just starting out with setting up your smart home or you've already set up a few devices, there's always ways to improve.
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The smart home ecosystem is built on a wireless home network. So for starters you want an easy to use home network that's also strong and capable of handling to traffic. The Netgear Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system is a good option here because it ensure whole home coverage, and it's easy to set up.
Once you're finished setting it up it's even easy to maintain as you can manage options from the companion app on your smartphone. Beyond the Wi-Fi situation, smart plugs are a great way to start preparing your home for being a "smart home" down the line.
Since these are outlet plugs with the smart components baked in, you can plug in any old non-smart product. For example you could plug in your coffee machine or your TV and use the plugs to set up schedules for when to power on and off, or just turn them off remotely if you forget.
Smart locks are another common item for setting up a smart home. They're easy to use and basically do away with you needing to use a traditional key to get into the home.
Once setup and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, you can set the locks up to recognize when you get home so they unlock based on proximity. Or you can simply use your phone to unlock them when you get there. There's even a digital keypad option so you can punch the pin number in of you prefer.
Overall there are lots of different smart home products to consider when setting up a smart home. And many of them support voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant, making management of them hands-free.