Home automation works in a variety of ways, depending on the technology being utilized and the type of automation. The first home automation industry-standard helps devices connect primarily via radio frequency, power line wiring, and wireless-based protocols. Today, industry standards mostly rely more on modern wireless technology, such as mesh-networking. Home automation systems use wireless technology, radio waves, and electricity to send messages to and from devices.
Central Control: It is a home automation system that manages everything in your home. It provides you the ability to control your thermostat, lights, washer, dryer, phone, and more. The central control home automation system is most common in upscale private residences and very popular with home automation security systems.
Typically, this type of home automation runs through a wall-mounted terminal, which is also commonly utilized for home security systems. It also can be accessed by a computer, tablet, smartphone, or remote control device.
The central control system allows you to easily access all the different aspects of your home from your shower to your home security network through one convenient system. Central control systems are known for their high quality.
This system is not for everyone, though, as it’s a relatively high end, which in turn means expensive and requires professional installation. Also, this system is very inclusive, as you typically limited to the devices that pair with it. In the event you want to buy a new washing machine, your option would be limited to the ones that work with that system.
App-Based: This home automation system technology uses your home network for communicating with the Cloud. In the last few years, cloud technology has become an integral part of the Internet of Things. App-based smart devices typically work by connecting your home automation devices to your home Wi-Fi. You can access your connected devices through the apps on your smart device.
You can coordinate with your smart home devices once you have done creating a personalized account with these apps. You and your smart home devices should be connected to the Internet to communicate back and forth from anywhere with most of these cloud-based home automation devices.
Some app-based home automation technology allows you to connect your smart device directly through Bluetooth. The same with cloud-based home automation, you need to make a personal account on the app. However, unlike cloud-based apps, you need to be in the area of these home automation devices for them to work.
App-based home automation makes having a smart home accessible to the general population. Since the devices for app-based home automation are generally affordable, easy to install, use, and update, so many homeowners are creating DIY smart homes. App-based smart home technology is currently such a huge market with new devices continually coming out.
The only disadvantage with smart homes running off cloud-based home automation is the need to use several different apps. However, this inconvenience may end soon as more smart home tech distributors offer various devices that can be accessed through their one app. Additionally, more developers are designing devices that can function more like the Central Control systems.