Smart Home

FAQ About Smart Home

What is a smart home?

A smart home, also referred to as a connected home, is a way of controlling home security, lighting, heating, entertainment devices, and other home appliances through internet-enabled smart home devices. Have you ever gone away on vacation and as your plane is taking off you think to yourself “did I turn off this light?” or “I can’t remember if I turned the A/C off!” well worry no more. Smart home products allow you to have full control of your home from anywhere. Smart home technology can be divided into categories, some of which include Home Automation, Home Networking, Home Security, and Media Streaming.

What is Google Home?

Google Home is hi-tech assistance at your command. Powered by Google Assistant, this voice-activated speaker responds to your voice to deliver the information you need and the music you love. How does Google Home work? Simply call out "OK, Google" and ask away. Google Home can even control other smart devices in your home from dimming the lights to turning up the heat. Google Home is compatible with other smart home technology like the Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation, the Google Mini, the Philips Hue White Starter Kit, and many more products from other brands.

What are popular smart home products and which brands sell these smart home products?

There are many brands diving into the smart home business, and major smart home brands include Google Home, Nest Labs, Philips Hue, D-Link, and iHome.

Google Nest Hub

Google Nest Hub is the ultimate digital photo frame. With the Google Assistant built-in, see your best and latest pictures from Google Photos, control compatible devices from a single dashboard, watch YouTube and more. Plus, use your voice to show your photos. Control your connected home.

View and control compatible lights, cameras, TVs and other devices from a single dashboard. Works with over a thousand smart devices from popular brands. Plus, listen to Spotify and TuneIn. All available free. Get hands-free help from the Google Assistant. See your personalized schedule, commute, reminders and more with Voice Match3. Plus, get visual answers from Google and watch helpful videos from YouTube.

Google Home

Google Home devices include the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and the Google Home Max. Media streaming products include the Google Chromecast, the Google Chromecast Ultra, and the Google Chromecast Audio. Home networking products include the Google WIFI system.

Nest Labs

When it comes to home security, Nest Labs technology has you covered. Their mission is to create a home that takes care of the people inside, and the world around it. Their products focus on the security of you and your family. They have thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation and Nest Thermostat E, home security products like the Nest Hello, Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera, Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera, and the Nest Cam Outdoor Camera, and smoke detectors like the Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

Philips Hue

Philips Hue is your personal wireless lighting system, based on ZigBee LightLink, an energy-efficient, reliable, and safe technology to control your lights. The Philips Hue White Starter Kit is a great way to be introduced to this lighting system. Or check out the Philips Hue Smart LED Wireless Dimmer Switch, the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, the Philips Hue Go Portable Light, and even more great products for home automation. Don’t forget to download the Philips Hue app to quickly and conveniently control your lights from anywhere.


D-Link allows you to have full control over your home automation with the help of the D-Link HD Pan & Tilt Network Camera, the D-Link WIFI Smart Plug, and the D-Link Wireless Water Sensor.


With a smartphone, iHome’s SmartPlug technology allows you to control music, lights, fans, heaters, and more small appliances using 1800 watts or under. The iHome SmartPlug is WIFI enabled and can be controlled with the iHome Control App. Other smart home products include the iHome WIFI Motion Sensor, the iHome WIFI Door & Window Sensor, the iHome WIFI Outdoor SmartPlug, and the iHome Portable Vanity Mirror with Bluetooth Audio.