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So you’ve got your smartphone and can program your Nest thermostat remotely and see who’s at your front door when you’re not home. Those are some of the great advances in technology that cater to convenience, allowing us to save money and time and lead more comfortable lives. 

As smarthomes become more common and more home items become Internet-accessible, naturally people start adding to their technology. But what happens when your technology is not compatible? Just like Windows vs. Mac, there are different operating systems in use by the multiple companies creating these wired items that are moving into our homes. What is right for you? 

All Apple all the time

If you’re completely an Apple person, then sticking with HomeKit makes sense. Control items ranging from the lights to plugs to security devices through the Siri interface. But the list of compatible partners is short, even with the approved network bridge devices available. Bridges are additional devices that allow two different networks to talk to one another, but their scope is limited. 

SmartThings is a smart choice

This system appears to be compatible with the most devices and the most partners. Thermostats, light dimmers, light bulbs, security cameras, and wireless speakers are just some of the items that can take orders from SmartThings, and they’re made by partners ranging from LG to Honeywell to Kwikset to Yale. 

Iris moves in

Lowe’s Home Improvement store has its own technology for connecting your smart devices, and of course sells those devices in its stores. One of the great things about Iris is that there are start-up kits you can purchase to get your home online quickly and easily. Choose from a home security kit or one that focuses on home comfort. Iris offers both a free plan and a paid plan that is much more connected. Oh, and the app to control the system can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. 

Feather your Nest

More devices are becoming compatible with the original connected thermostat, Nest. Through its “Work with Nest” program, Nest Labs has partnered with Whirlpool, some startup lighting manufacturers, and Jawbone fitness trackers. LG is apparently on board, as well as Xfinity Home and Motorola. Multiple software systems are available to control your connected items. 

As the Internet of Things expands, make sure you’re building a home network that allows all your devices to work together as seamlessly as possible so that managing your costs and comfort is both easy and cost-efficient!   


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