Common Smart Home Terms
Here are a few terms we think you might like explained, to get you started. Let us know in the comments if there's anything else you'd like us to cover.
Controller – How you control your smart home devices. This could be a smartphone app or Amazon Alexa.
Actions - Pre-set series of smart home controls mapped to one voice command, delivered via Alexa.
Geofencing – A virtual fence which can be used to let your devices know you're close to home, walking in the front door or leaving.
Group – When devices are synced to control them as one group. For example, everything in the bedroom could be switched off with one action such as a voice command or swipe on a smartphone.
Hub – A smart home hub connects various different devices and gives you control over everything via one app, voice assistant or screen based system.
Internet of Things – Also known as IOT, this is the concept of connecting objects to the internet, including smart home devices and sensors.
Sensor – A useful piece of the smart home technology, a sensor is anything which can detect or measure a change in its surroundings. This could be a movement such as in a window sensor but also temperature, humidity, air quality, light, and noise.
Voice assistant - The proper name for Amazon Alexa, which basically interfaces you talk to, rather than use via a screen.