What smart home automation devices do I have in my smart home?

What smart home automation devices do I have in my smart home?

What smart home devices do I have in my smart home? What smart home devices do I recommend to automate your home and life? I give you the gritty details of all the smart devices I’ve loaded up my home with that have stood the test of time.

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If I live in the UK can I use a plug in transformer with the nest hello doorbell? - United Kingdom Version

If I live in the UK can I use a plug in transformer with the nest hello doorbell? - United Kingdom Version

What transformer is compatible with the nest hello doorbell in the UK? We teach you how to install a new transformer for your nest doorbell if you don’t have any existing wiring and what transformers will work with the nest hello doorbell. We also provide a guide of everything you need to install a nest hello doorbell transformer if you are replacing an old battery powered doorbell or need to connect your doorbell to new power source.

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What is the best WiFi router to use with nest?

What is the best WiFi router to use with nest?

What is the best WiFi router to use with nest devices? Everyone wants fast reliable WiFi and with more home connected devices on home networks than ever before it’s important to have a system that works, is easy to set up and will be reliable. We provide our recommendation on the best WiFi system to use for your home and with internet connected devices such as the nest hello video doorbell, nest outdoor cameras and the nest IQ camera.

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Can I Plug In My Nest Outdoor Camera Outside?

Can I Plug In My Nest Outdoor Camera Outside?

Can I plug my nest outdoor camera in to an outlet outside? How should I plug my nest camera? We describe the best way to protect your nest outdoor camera from the elements and prevent premature failure of the product. We show you two out door outlet covers we recommend you use when installing a nest outdoor camera. Make sure you install an outdoor rated enclosure for your nest camera to prevent expensive electrical damage to your nest or wired outlet.

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Can I use a plug in transformer with the nest hello doorbell?

Can I use a plug in transformer with the nest hello doorbell?

We teach you how to install a new transformer for your nest doorbell if you don’t have any existing wiring and what transformers will work with the nest hello doorbell. We also provide a guide of everything you need to install a nest hello doorbell transformer if you are replacing an old battery powered doorbell or need to connect your doorbell to new power source.

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Does the nest thermostat work well for people who travel?

Does the nest thermostat work well for people who travel?

Yes, it works great! The nest thermostat has a motion sensor in it that helps detect when you are home and turn the thermostat down accordingly to save you energy. You can also manually set the thermostat to away from the thermostat or from your smart phone, you don't really need to do this though because the Nest will automatically figure out that you are gone and adjust your temperature settings to save you energy and money.  On the app it lets you know that you have been saving energy while away with a logo of a house and a man walking out the door as shown in the screenshot below. With new upgrades to the app the nest also uses your GPS position to help make the home/away mode more accurate. 

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How to choose a smart thermostat?

How to choose a smart thermostat?

So there are literally dozens of smart thermostats out on the market so how do you choose? We are impartial to the Nest Generation 3 Thermostat but some of you like to analyze every option there is out there. Luckily for you overachievers there is a tool that breaks down the pros and cons of each smart thermostat out on the market today at thermostatwifi.net

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Andrew Weinreich Interview- “Predicting Our Future” Podcast creator.

On The Future of Smart Homes-

"the biggest growth area will be artificial intelligence for the home; it barely scratches the surface"-Andrew Weinreich

I was lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Andrew Weinreich the creator of the “Predicting Our Future” Podcast & serial entrepreneur.  If you haven’t  heard of Andrew I recommend that you click the links above to take a look at his profile, he holds one of the original patents on social networking technology if you scroll down through the list of people and companies that reference his patent and there probably more than a few people and companies you might be familiar with such as Jeff Bezos, Amazon, IBM, Yahoo & Facebook.

Andrew’s podcast covers next revolutions in technology, and fortunate for us he was doing several episodes on Smart Home Technology & Home Automation. Episodes 10-16 cover smart home technology, my favorite of which is episode 16 which covers the Smart Home Operating System, in our interview he talks about the biggest opportunity  in the smart home space for future entrepreneurs.

Andrew’s Podcast & Episodes: PREDICTING OUR FUTURE PODCAST

How did you come up with the topics of Home Building & Smart Homes for your first few episodes of the Podcast?

Andrew: I think about every product I know is made in a factory from your phone, to the fork on your table, but homes and apartments are not, and so I wanted to do a deep dive and see whether or not I could imagine what it would take for us to get to a place where every apartment building and every home is made in the factory, and so I choose Home Building & Smart Homes as one of the protocols to examine.

James-OneHourSmartHome.com: That's actually right up my alley. My background is in general contracting and I think the biggest thing that I've seen is that there is so much room in the industry home building & construction industry to productize construction to deliver more cost effective, more efficient, higher quality homes and buildings. The same thing is true for the smart home space there are a lot of parts and pieces out there that people have adopted such as the Nest, Ring doorbell, Smart Locks, and Wireless Cameras. But there's not really many people in the market that design smart home systems from the ground up to bundle everything together and make a fully functional product that ties everything together for new buildings. But that’s what we do working with the architecture and engineering teams to refine the process of how a building is built to maximize end user functionality and deliver a smart home system and product that will work in their new building.

How did you get involved in the smart home space?

Andrew: I find it to be fascinating, absolutely fascinating. What got me excited about home automation was, I think about Microsoft's dominance desktop computing years in the late 90's and I think about Android and IOS, and the question for you becomes, what's the operating system of the future for the home? How do you conceive that operating system? Then what does the home look like if you were incorporate artificial intelligence into it?

I try to construct a picture of what that looks like, because what is on the market now is not really an operating system, it’s all these applications that live independently. Alexa, Siri and Google home are more of glue that’s sticking these disparate apps together but not a true operating system. In order to achieve what I think is the future potential of the smart home, those applications need to over time function more like operating systems. The whole idea of how the home would operate would tactically change and we could think of the home as something that takes care of you, as opposed to you taking care of the a home is what intrigued me.

What do you envision smart home operating system looking like? Is it a home just knows what you want at all times and making decisions on what's best for you?

Andrew: I think that very similar to my view. But the way I envision it is like this; you go to bed at night and your google calendar is integrated with Alexa, and so your Google Calendar knows that you've got to spinclass tomorrow at Soulcycle, and because there's artificial intelligence it’s able to look at how far you have to travel to get there and understand how of how long it takes you to get ready before you go. So, your alarm is automatically set for you; you don't need to set your alarm, it's just dynamically set for you, because your calendar is integrated. Your coffee machine is on the network, your coffee is made, when you leave your home there's a sensor on the door and it's obvious you left and your home shutdowns for maximum energy savings. So, everything is designed to take care of  you.

When you leave your office, your G.P.S. location could be integrated into the cloud and the operating system knows you are coming home and gets your house ready for your arrival. I think you could tell this story line of the future about, how your house will be smart enough to take care of you, without you really needing to do anything.

James-OneHourSmartHome.com That sounds like a great vision of the future; I wish we had that right now.  Were same page on where the future of the smart home automation space is going.

In the near term, where do you see the biggest growth happening in the smart home automation space? Is it this operating system layer that you're talking about?

Andrew: I mean the biggest growth area will be artificial intelligence for the home; it barely scratches the surface, right now everyone is focused on applications that you build for the home for specific devices, it’s because of this that the growth area will be artificial intelligence and gadgets.

James-OneHourSmartHome.com: In terms of the opportunities, obviously you're saying artificial intelligence is one of the biggest growth areas in the future of the space. Is it something Amazon or Apple providing? Or is it something that is custom made or custom programmed for each Home?

Is artificial intelligence just going to be so smart it's going to look at all the data from all of homes out there and it's going to be able to put this sequence of operations together for you?

Andrew: Well, in order for artificial intelligence to work effectively it needs to be integrated with an operating system that has the ability to manipulate or control all the different devices in your home. So, all these things to work with each other there needs to be standard protocols for them to integrate with artificial intelligence, which is why full scale smart home artificial intelligence is still years away. In the short term I think what's more interesting is all of these new applications that are coming online and the new methods of user interfaces such as voice. I think it's really exciting what Amazon's doing with delivery, where they can access your house for a delivery and record a video of the product being delivered door to make sure you are safely receiving your packages and deliver the product. I think these things are all really interesting. But the reason we are still years away from for the scenario I just described, is that you need total integration of all these devices, and you need this layer of artificial intelligence that this is about the controlling all of the devices not just one or two from a specific provider.

Right now, who do you think in the home automation space is furthest along in this vision and who do you think the dominant players are going to be in 2018 and winning that game in the near term?

Andrew: Amazon and Google are far ahead.

What are your overall goals for the Podcast? Is it do dive deep in different verticals in technology or is it a prediction of the future?

Andrew: It’s both, its for a person to understand what my vision is in different verticals, and second if you're an entrepreneur where I think there are opportunities for you to start a business.

James-OneHourSmartHome.com: What was that first podcast like? Did you take a course or anything or you just turned on the computer one day and said hey I'm going to start a podcast and I want to start talking about these ideas I've got that I think are going to change what's happening?

Andrew: I listened to a bunch of Podcasts and did a ton research, for that first series we got the 30 hours of interviews, I like to talk about things when I feel like I have some degree of expertise. So, I did an extensive amount research in all the spaces we covered.

You said you listened to a lot of podcasts to get ready for it; who were the top 2 or 3 Podcasters that that you listened to for preparation for launching your own podcast?

Andrew:I listened to a lot of podcasts, but I love the style of the Serial and Malcom Gladwell. Even though they’re very different.  Both are of a very different nature, but I love stylistically how engaging they were.

In terms of podcasting, what was one of the biggest things you’ve learned since starting this, that if you're working with someone in the future on a podcast, what advice would you give them?

Andrew: I mean it’s funny you ask that because we just launched another podcast Deciding by Data which is interview based. I would say before you engage in any activity, you’ve got to get really smart with space and I think when you have that correct that you’re going to figure out what your style is, what it is about that style that you think is engaging how to replicate it, you need to master the technical components of what you're doing - how to edit audio how to have clear audio.

You've got to think through how to have underlying music, how to get rid of poor sound instances, there's a lot to master, and then you got to figure out what it takes to be a good storyteller, and that's a challenge to be the storyteller. So, with all that I said, what I would tell someone is that  anything you do, do it well, and that means there could be a great deal of study associated with all that.

In preparing for the podcast for the smart home automation series what devices did you get for your home? and what devices do you have, and  which one do you think has made the biggest impact in your life?

Andrew: I have an Alexa, a Google Home, Philips Hue Light Bulbs, I have Sonos, and I have Nest. What I find is – I’m very much enamored with automating my lights with voice activation. But I think the holy grail, that I personally haven’t been achieved in my own home is the integration of all these things, I mean there's something really nice about voice activation, you get in bed and you adjust the temperature you adjust the lights, you adjust the blinds, and then I think you get to a nicer place when all of the sensors in your home recognize that you want to do all of those things.

Imagine you reading a kindle; one day you will get to a place where you’re reading a kindle and if all of a sudden you stop turning the pages, it’s time to go to sleep and the lights go out. All of these things could get integrated at some point but it requires a level of intelligence in the cloud.

So, is this podcast your full-time venture? What else do you have going on?

Andrew: I'm the chairman of a business analytics company; I sit on several boards. I run a boot camp, I have a lot of things going on, it's one of several.  

James-OneHourSmartHome.com: What's the boot camp about?

Andrew: It’s called Andrews Roadmaps it’s in accelerator for early stage entrepreneurship.

James-OneHourSmartHome.com: Andrew, thank you for the great interview, and I wish you well on your podcast adventure.

For More Information:

Andrew Weinreich: Wikipedia

Twitter: @andrewsroadmaps

Contact: Predicting Our Future

Website: www.predictingourfuture.com

Are Smart Homes Hackable?

Yes, anything is hackable your phone, your laptop, your car or even your smart home. But guess what? Your home without any "smart" features has been hackable for years and no where near as safe as a smart home.

Why do I say this? Well if your primary concern in adopting a smart home is with security of your home your worries, and concerns are entirely misplaced and in fact a smart home is much safer than a "non smart" home.

For answering this question we will assume that hacking a home is gaining access illegally  or without authorization.

All homes regardless if they are smart or dumb that aren't built to the specs of a military  base are hackable. A house could be "hacked" with a brick through a window to gain access. In the case of a smart home a least it would let you know that you your home has been breached.  A traditional lock can be "hacked" in a matter of seconds with the right tools available at just about any hardware store.  At least with a smart home you would be notified that your home is being tampered with.

The majority of smart home devices don't work on common WiFi networks which provides the first layer of security. The second layer of security is that the people with domain expertise programming smart homes are incredibly smart themselves and with the internet of things can make far more money developing smart home devices legally than they could ever make hacking into your smart home. Google itself has stated that they paid outrageous multiples for two home automation startups  Nest & Revolv  because they the pool of talent in home automation development is so small they had nowhere else to source the talent from.

The probability of a smart home hack on a Z-Wave or Zigbee house is incredibly small and the tools and knowledge to do it are far more advanced than the tools of the average thief that has plagued society for years.  However if a smart home hack were to happen all that you would need to do is unplug your router.

Below is a case study supported with data from the FBI explaining just how much more likely you are to be a victim of crime because you didn't lock your door.  At least a smart home will keep your door locked when you forget.

Top 5 Smart Home Gifts

Are you looking for that perfect gift for the smart home aficionado in your family? Or do you just want to give yourself a smart home gift? We’ve complied the top 5 smart home gifts and which smart home gift will fit best for you.

 1. Amazon Echo Dot - Best Gift For Anyone

It’s fun, it’s smart and it’s in the under $50 price range. If you don’t already have a dot or you want to give a gift that will be loved, this is a great smart home gift.  You can use the Amazon Echo dot to stream music, set timers, answer your questions, and connect to thousands of apps. The dot is a great start or addition to any smart home system as it connects to other devices such as smart thermostats or lights as your system grows to enable smart home control of your house via voice.   

Amazon Echo Dot

 Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

2. Nest Thermostat - Best Gift for New Homeowners or Your Parents

Give the gift that keeps on giving! The nest smart thermostat is great if you want to save money on your heating and cooling bills.  With it’s smart sense technology it automatically adjusts the temperature to save money when you are away.  It also delivers maximum comfort for those days when it's just a little too cold to get out of bed, adjust the thermostat from your phone and turn up the heat. The nest is also great if you travel a lot or have a vacation home so you can check and make sure the heat is working so your pipes don’t freeze in northern climates.

Nest Thermostat

3.  Nest Cam - Best Gift for New Parents or Dog Owners

If you have a new baby or a new dog the nest cam is a must have. The nest cam allows you to check in on your baby from your phone. You can ditch the bulky baby monitors for the  nest cam and you can check in on your phone from anywhere. The video is routed straight to your phone and both parents can check the live feed at the same time.  

The nest cam also integrates motion sensing technology to highlight when there is active motion in front of the camera. The nest cam app interface is great and allows you to customize exactly what you want to see and when you want to be alerted. The video streams in HD and works even in the dark.  The nest cam is also great for dog owners who want to check in on their furry friend while at work. The camera is also features a two way microphone so you can talk into your phone and through the camera to communicate.

Nest Cam

4. Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt - Best Gift for Large Families  

Have you ever been locked out of your own home? Or do you have family members in and out all day?  Then the schlage century connect smart lock is for you. The lock allows you to program codes for your family members so you can have push button code access to your home, you won’t need to carry around that bulky set of keys unless you want too.  

The lock also has an auto locking feature that will automatically lock the door after 90 seconds so you don’t need to worry again about if you locked your door or not. When the lock is connected to a smart home system such as Wink or Smartthings it allows you to unlock the lock remotely and you can set it up to alerts to let you know when the door opens.  It’s great for letting in a traveling family member, a cleaning crew or dog walkers.

Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt

5. Sonos - Best Gift for Music Lovers

The entire sonos line up has amazing sound quality, you will turn it on and wonder what you have been missing all those years with lower quality speakers. The Sono’s speaker systems offer easy set up, require no wiring and stream high quality music throughout your home. With the Sono’s app you can sync all of your Sono’s devices to provide full house home audio throughout your entire home or set different music for each room. If you love quality sound, and streaming music you can't beat any of the Sono’s speakers. Most people are ditching the traditional wired in home audio for sonos speakers and once you listen to the Sono’s you will understand why. If your home doesn’t have built in audio the sonos will save you thousands in repairs trying to install built in system with results that will impress, plug in any you are ready to play millions of songs at your fingertips.

Sonos Play:5 Speaker



I want to thank all of you for being loyal fans and great supporters of OneHourSmartHome.com, and we are happy to announce that we will be launching our the OneHourSmartHome.com Podcast in 2018!  Our goal is to bring you all of the smart home information you need to automate your home and life.  

The podcast will launch March 15th, 2018.  Please subscribe to our launch list below so you can get access to exclusive pre-launch podcast content and bonus smart home materials to help you plan our automate your home.




We want to hear from you, because we are here to serve you, on your smart home journey and give you the information you need to make your home smarter.   We have a great start to the episodes and guests for the podcast, but we're doing this podcast for you, so please let us know what topics you would like to hear on the podcast.   You can submit your topics below, we've also included few topic previews below:


  1. What smart home devices should you start your smart home system with?

  2. Which Amazon Echo device is right for you?

  3. Which smart thermostat should you choose?

  4. Top ten smart home devices.

  5. How to design your new construction home for smart home compatibility?

  6. What smart home devices will save you the most time?

  7. Quantifying smart home energy savings.  

  8. Designing a smart home system for your existing home.

  9. Interview with smart home device company founders.

  10. Smart home trends of 2018.

Will A home automation system increase my home value?

Will A home automation system increase my home value?

Yes, a home automation will increase the value of your home.  According to redfin over 68% percent of homeowners want to use smart home technology to become more energy efficient. What’s even more interesting is that all demographics of home buyers want to incorporate home automation features in their homes, however baby boomers are actually the most likely to already have a home automation system installed.

Why does a home automation system increase the value of your home?

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Home Automation is an additional feature that helps your home stand out from the crowd.  The impact is real when a homebuyer sees a home that has been upgraded with the latest smart thermostat technology compared to an old 1980’s style thermostat is signals that the homeowner has taken care of the home and invested the time and money to keep the home up to date.


In the digital age we are all more time constrained than ever, incorporating time saving home automation devices is must have for working professionals trying to squeeze the most out of each day.


Home automation systems save you money, according to independent studies a smart thermostat such as the nest thermostat can save you up to 10% on your heating and cooling each year and those savings can add up when you consider that the average homeowner spends approximately 13 years in their home before moving, it could add up to thousands of dollars in savings


Having the control of your home from your phone is a true conferenced. You can turn on the HVAC to be at just the right temperature when you get home from a long trip when you land at the airport, or if you're a little to cold in bed no problem turn up the heat from the comfort of your bed before starting your day. We all love things that make our life easier, and home automation does just that it makes our lives easier and allows us to live smarter.


Home automation systems give buyers peace of mind, because with motion sensors, smart locks and cameras homeowners can check in on their investment at any time from their phone to make sure things are running smoothly.  A small investment in home automation could save you thousands by preventing a break in, or alerting you when someone suspicious is lingering on your property. Most of us invest our  life savings in our homes, shouldn’t we spend a little bit more to protect our investment?