When looking to automate your home, you must choose the best products to serve your needs.
You must also select the best home automation dashboard, the technology that will enable you to interface with your interior and exterior smart home features.
What is a Home Automation Dashboard?
A home automation dashboard is the central hub accessible on your mobile device, tablet, computer or in-home wall-mounted console that enables you to access all connected home automation devices.
Through touchable “widgets,” homeowners can control,
- heating and cooling
- entertainment systems
- security systems
- home cameras
- home appliances
- and more, depending on which smart technologies you employ.
With the best home automation dashboard, homeowners can control settings manually, program settings for automated function, and receive and respond to alarm notices.
Many homeowners opt to mount their in-house home automation dashboard either in a central, but unobtrusive location or within a recess like a closet where it will be out of sight yet still accessible.
Perks of Home Automation Dashboards
The biggest challenge is determining what is the best home automation dashboard. There are multiple ways to bring your smart home devices together for quick and easy control.
Here are some of the more popular options:
Set Voice Controls
When you want to control your smart home applications with only your voice, consider Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant. Using a voice assistant you can give voice comments like, “Siri, turn the lights on in the living room,” or “Alexa, set the thermostat at 72 degrees.”
While you can use your smartphone to access voice controls, consider also the Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod or Google Home devices.
Create a Hub
Every smart home device comes with an app to control it.
Rather than search for the correct app, consolidate them by integrating them into a smart home hub. That way you only have to open up one app to control all devices.
With a smart home hub, you can also connect various remotes and set buttons to control different tasks. Options include the Z-Wave remote, Wink, Insteon, and SmartThings. Apple’s HomeKit can also serve as a hub, but offers fewer options for product compatibility. Add a smart home touchscreen to your tablet, where you can customize the home screen for shortcuts.
For the Best Home Automation Dashboard, Contact JFC Home Technology
In 2018, Postscapes performed a review of the best home automation dashboard apps.
These apps integrate with multiple connected products and allow users to program preferences, rules and workflows to manage them.
Consider structured cabling for your home networks, home office, computer networks and TV networks. Hide those cords out of sight and control them all from one single hub.
JF Cabling offers a free, in-home consultation and estimate for home and business owners in Northern Virginia.
If you have questions or need assistance in choosing the best home automation dashboard, contact the JFC Home Technology Experts at JF Cabling.
We can help you install smart home automation with the best home automation dashboard available.