Smart Home

What is 'Smart Home'

A convenient home setup where appliances and devices can be automatically controlled remotely from anywhere in the world using a mobile or other networked device. A smart home has its devices interconnected through the Internet, which control functions such as security access to the home, temperature, lighting, and home theater.

Also known as Home Automation or Smart Building.

BREAKING DOWN 'Smart Home'

A smart home’s devices are all connected with each other and accessible through one central point – a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even game console. Door locks, thermostats, home monitors and cameras, lights, and even the refrigerator can be controlled through one home automation system. The system is installed on a mobile or other networked device and the user can create time schedules for certain changes to take effect and can also monitor the devices from any internet- connected place in the world.

Smart home appliances come with self-learning skills whereby they can learn the home owner’s schedules and adjust as needed. Some home automation systems alert the home owner if any motion is detected in the home while away, and some can call the fire department in case of any imminent situations.

Once these smart appliances have been connected, we have an example of what we call Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

While the smart home brings with it convenience and cost savings, adept hackers can also get access to these appliances. In October 2016, a botnet called Mirai infiltrated interconnected devices of DVRs, cameras, and routers to bring down a host of major websites through a DDoS attack. So while a smart home is convenient, it is imperative that every smart home owner protect smart appliances and devices with a strong password.