The Smart Home technology opens up new possibilities for home automation system. In many systems, it is even possible to close windows or garage doors by app or to automatically raise the blinds depending on light and wind speed.
It is a recurring scene: The family goes on holiday, and as soon as it is on the highway, comes the inevitable question, whether because the stove was switched off. What is often ridiculed as unfounded fear has a serious background. Because again and again is forgotten to switch off during prolonged absence electrical equipment that can cause fires in continuous operation.
In addition to home automation; offices and empty apartments during the holiday season are in danger of becoming the target of burglars. Using smart home components, however, it is possible to remotely monitor both the electrical devices as well as your own four walls via smartphone. Via remote-controlled radio-controlled sockets The devices can even be switched off, or you can define schedules when the lights and possibly even the TV are switched on automatically while on vacation, simulating an inhabited home. Many components can also be coupled via software to create more security. For example, it is sometimes possible that when you open the garden gate automatically turned on the light and a note is sent to the smartphone. So not only is the way to the house better lit, the owner also learns when someone approaches his house.
But not only the risk of burglary is an issue, even the weather has already caused so many apartment owners or tenants trouble. Whether the window was left open on a beautiful summer’s day, the sudden thunderstorm submerged the room. Or that the awning was not rolled up in the morning and damaged by the violent gusts of wind.
Introducing a range of smart home components and systems for automatic home control and security.
You can now find them in every DIY store: radio sockets that can be switched on and off using the remote control supplied. The connection is usually made via the license-free 433 MHz band. The offer is huge, the manufacturers are called Intertechno, Mumbi or Vivanco. Prices start at around 20 euros for three sockets and a remote control.
If you want to control the cans via PC or smartphone, you need a gateway (base station) with a network adapter for LAN or WLAN that translates and transmits the commands of the computer or mobile device. Unfortunately, these devices are not manufacturer-independent, they only work with sockets from the same company. The USB dongle Home Easy HE853, for example, offers a reasonably priced entry point, switching the sockets of the Home Easy company for around 12 euros including software. Of course, the system requires the computer to be switched on. For higher demands, REV Ritter offers the iComfort starter set, which can be integrated into LAN and WLAN and uses the less stressed 868 MHz band.
Universal apps for control are also scarce. The SteckerChecker app is still available, but has not been further developed since 2012. An alternative is SteckerPRO for Android and iOS, which is at least compatible with the gateways from Intertechno and Brennenstuhl.
Or you can switch to devices that can be directly integrated into an IP-based LAN or WLAN. No-name products from the Far East are already available from around 20 euros. Accessories usually include matching smartphone apps, which are available free of charge in Apple and Google stores. Complete socket strips with WLAN are also available, such as the EnerGenie EG-PMS2-WLAN for around 100 euros.
EnerGenie offers a multiple socket with WLAN adapter that can be conveniently controlled via a smartphone app. However, the price is quite high.