If you’ve been on the fence about whether to incorporate smart home devices into your home, now's the perfect time to get on board!
Thanks to the rapidly rising interest in smart home devices, manufacturers are scrambling to develop new products to add to the already extensive range. This means that setting up a smart home has never been more affordable - nor has there been such a huge number of options at our disposal.
With such a wide selection of smart devices available, you may be a tad confused when you first decide to set up your smart home. So, to give a helping hand, we’re here to give suggestions to help you along the way.
5 Must-Have Devices to Set Up Your Smart Home
Even if you’re planning to only partially automate your home, it’s still important to build the right foundations. Here are the top 5 smart home devices we recommend having installed to provide a solid foundation for your smart home.
1. Smart hub
A smart hub is at the heart of your smart home. Many other smart home devices you set up, such as smart locks and security cameras will connect to it via your home Wi-Fi. The smart hub then gives you collective access to these gadgets through a designated app on your smartphone, allowing you to control each device with a few taps on your screen.
The Deluxe Home and Premium Home packages available at M1 both include a smart hub device. Not requiring any LAN cables, this Smart hub can be placed anywhere in your household and still communicate information easily in real-time. It can even run on a power bank!
2. Smart station
Dealing with all the different remote controls in your home can be a huge hassle. Thankfully, a smart station combines all your infrared remote devices into its app, enabling you to use your smartphone to control everything from TVs to air-conditioners. Built with intelligent sensors, a smart station also facilitates health management in addition to home entertainment.
The smart station included in the Smart Home Basics, Deluxe Home and Premium Home packages from M1 is fitted with a number of sensors to measure your home’s temperature, humidity level and air quality, displaying this data through the Kyla app. A universal remote of sorts, this all-in-one smart sensor can be used to create automated triggers - room temperature drops below 21°C? Create a rule that automatically switches your air-conditioner off.
Ever been stuck in a situation where you’re watching a TV show and had to end your session abruptly? Pausing or unplugging your TV and carrying it around isn’t feasible, is it? If you’re halfway through a show but need to head out, many services allow you to download videos onto your device so you can watch them on the go without using any mobile data. Talk about the ultimate deal!
3. Smart plug
A smart plug can instantly turn any of your electrical appliances into a smart appliance. Just plug it directly into the power socket, fit the device into the smart plug and you’ll have the ability to control the device from your smartphone. This includes switching appliances on and off remotely as well as scheduling automatic functions without the need for a smart hub.
Smart plugs are included in all 3 of the Smart Home packages available at M1. So, if you thought your standard table lamp could not be automated, the smart plug will prove otherwise! Download the Kyla app, and you’re all set to control it without having to manually control the switch ever again.
4. Smart switch
Smart switches empower you to control the lighting in your home via an app, as well as through a voice command service like Google Assistant or Alexa.
Choose either the Deluxe or Premium Home package available at M1 and you’ll get a few Kyla Smart Light Switches! Best yet, no rewiring work is required to get it up and running.
5. Smart lock
Beef up security with a smart home device - the smart locks. Enter your home with either a PIN code, card key or fingerprint You can even unlock it remotely via an app when necessary. Never have to rummage through your bag or pockets for that elusive key ever again!
Get the top-quality Yale series gate lock and digital door lock included in the Smart Lock package from M1, installation included.
What Else Do I Need?
Just moved into your new home? To make sure you’re getting the most out of your smart home, there are a few additional things you might want to consider setting up:
- Mesh router
Google Nest Wi-Fi includes a router and Nest Wi-Fi Point that work together to not only get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots for uninterrupted connectivity, but also provides Google Assistant that will make your smart home a hands-free experience!
- Apple watch
Know what’s even cooler than using your smartphone to control a bunch of smart home devices in your living space? Leaving your handset in your pocket and managing these devices via your Apple watch! The ultimate convenience right there.
- Apple TV
Turn your home entertainment system into something incredible with the latest Apple TV 4K device which is easy to connect with its plug-and-play feature. What’s more, you’ll get 1 year of Apple TV+ free when you sign up for any 24-month Fibre Broadband Plan with M1!
- High-speed broadband internet
If your broadband internet is slow, you won't be getting as much out of your smart home as you could. Opt for a Singapore Wi-Fi plan from a reputable service provider that also offers amazing home broadband offers (like M1!).
Choose M1 for Smart Home Devices & the Best Broadband Deals
At M1, we pride ourselves on delivering first-class digital services that are both highly affordable and reliable. Our wide selection of products and services includes your choice of smart home packages and devices as well as Singapore’s best M1 Fibre broadband internet deals.
So, what are you waiting for? Browse our fantastic Wi-Fi plans in Singapore and smart home packages