If you’ve never used intelligent technology in the home before, you’re probably wondering where to start. It’s also likely that if you live in an apartment, you may be hesitant about whether or not smart home devices would be of any use to you. Don’t worry, these devices are just as suitable for use in a house as they are for use in an apartment. In fact, smart technology is useful for everyone, and is even more useful if you are new parents and have pets. In this article, you’ll learn the basics of smart home technology so you know where to start if you have a baby and pets in your apartment.
1-Make sure you have a high-capacity router
The first step to take before buying smart home devices is to get a good wireless router. Because smart technology increases the amount of data your router receives, it is important to make sure that your router’s network capacity (or bandwidth) can handle the increase. Measured in Mb/s, network capacity is limited by the weakest point in the chain. This means that even if you have high-speed Internet, a router with low bandwidth may not be able to support such a large amount of data and thus slow down your Internet and your favorite Netflix broadcasts.
2-Secure your apartment with a smart lock
Having a smart lock would be a good start to improve the security of your family and your apartment. Coming home from the grocery store with your hands full and a baby in your arms will no longer be a problem thanks to the smart lock that automatically unlocks your front door via integrated geo tracking technology. In fact, your lock will unlock when you arrive based on the proximity of your smartphone.
Plus, because a smart lock lets you see in real time whether your door is nice and securely locked, you won’t have to worry that you might have forgotten to lock the door when you leave the house. The operation of such a lock is simple and very practical: lock and unlock your door remotely via the specialized application on your mobile phone.
Another advantage of the smart lock is that it allows you to distribute virtual keys to your friends and family. This is very useful if you are going on holiday and you would prefer your pets to stay in the apartment rather than sending them to boarding houses when you are away. You can now leave a virtual key with a friend or family member so that they can come to the apartment to look after your pets and water your plants.
3- Install some smart wall switches
When you arrive in the apartment with your baby in your arms, you don’t want to trip over your cat or dog. So a smart wall switch would be most useful in the hallway. Combined with a motion detector, it will automatically switch on when you arrive. You can also program the times at which it should turn on based on your daily comings and goings. Another way to turn it on is to voice command it to a voice assistant, such as a Google Home Mini, which will be discussed in the next section of this article.
It’s also a good idea to install a few smart wall switches on the way to your newborn’s crib to avoid having to look for light in the middle of the night when you’re still dizzy from fatigue. Since an apartment is usually smaller and cluttered than a house, this will help prevent you from injuring yourself on a piece of furniture or an object, or from accidentally injuring your pet, if you have to get up quickly while it is still dark.
4-Ease your life with an smart speaker
In addition to using the voice command to turn on the smart lights if you need to comfort your newborn in the middle of the night, a smart speaker can help you soothe your baby. You can ask your Google assistant, for example, to play soothing music to help your baby fall asleep more easily.
Google Wizards are available with or without a screen. For example, the Google Nest Hub Max, with a 10-inch screen, allows you to have a video chat and see your baby if you’re on a business trip and your family couldn’t go with you. If no one is at the apartment, your Google Nest Hub Max can even notify you if an intruder passes by. Thanks to easy recognition, this intelligent technology is able to detect faces that are unfamiliar to it and send you a notification if this is the case.
5-Surveillance of your newborn baby with a smart camera
Finally, equipping the baby’s crib with a smart camera would allow you to see him day and night and even receive a notification on your mobile phone if he wakes up.
Having a smart camera above the baby’s crib is very reassuring for new parents. For example, if you hear a sound in the apartment and are not sure where the noise is coming from, the camera allows you to see if everything is going well in the baby’s room. That way, you won’t have to go into the baby’s room and risk waking him or her up unnecessarily.
The best thing about a smart camera is that it allows you to see the cause of the child’s crying. For example, you can easily see if your dog has entered his room and is disturbing him.