Smart Apartment

How to build a smart apartment: Picking the best IoT devices

Smart-home devices sometimes require complicated installation that just doesn’t make sense for renters. Plus apartments have different needs than single-family homes. That’s why we decided to outfit a whole condo with smart devices that don’t require rewiring or permanent installation. Each week, we’ll tackle a different category and look at various products, then explain how we made our selections. At the end of the series, we’ll examine the smart apartment as an ecosystem, and how all these devices do — or do not — work together.

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Let a robot do your chores! Here are the best robot vacuums for 2019

Robot vacuums are a convenient way to tidy up your home and minimize your weekly to-do list. From a top-of-the-line model to a handy budget option, here are the best robot vacuums you can buy right now.
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Add to your home's brainpower with the best smart home hubs on the market

As the smart home market continues to expand, devices are more connected than ever. Smart hubs are devices that provide easy ways for your devices to talk to each other. Here are our picks for best smart home hubs on the market.
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Keep your stuff safe and porch pirates away with the best home security cams

When it comes to the best home security cameras, the choice often comes down to the one that simply knows how to stay out of your way. Here are some of our favorites, both indoor and outdoor.
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The best smart locks to increase your home security in 2019

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DI you just get a brand-new Amazon Echo? Here's how to set it up

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The best Alexa-enabled devices you can utilize with Amazon's Echo lineup

Ever since Amazon added the Dot, Tap, and Show to its Echo lineup, Alexa-enabled devices have exploded. Here's a guide to everything Alexa can control in your smart home, from lights to locks to appliances.
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I call it ‘The Robot’: Why I chose the Wink Hub 2 to run my smart apartment

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Hey Siri, lock my door! How the ‘August’ secured my smart apartment

Cars have keyless entry, but do you want your home to as well? We check out smart locks for the Digital Trends smart apartment.
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They ain’t pretty, but these sensors helped me feel safe in my smart apartment

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It’s tough to trust a smart smoke alarm, but Roost and Nest Protect won me over

Smart smoke alarms offer benefits like letting you silence a false alarm before the device starts blaring and getting notifications about dying batteries. As long as you buy a battery-operated one, it’s a great addition to a smart…
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Smart security cameras are creepy, but the Nest Cam gave me some peace of mind

Security cameras are a big part of home security and a natural choice for a smart apartment, since they’re so portable. But you don’t want to feel like you’re living in a police state, so control is paramount.
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Automated gardens and smart beds made my apartment every geek’s domestic dream

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I loaded my condo with tech — and discovered smart homes still need a lot of work

I’ve lived in the Digital Trends smart apartment for six months. I found things I loved about it -- and also things I loathed about it.
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Set the mood or go full disco with our guide to smart lighting for your smart apartment

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Welcome to the Digital Trends smart apartment

Digital Trends is outfitting a condo in Seattle with tons of smart-home devices suited for an apartment. We’ll look at gadgets that are affordable, portable, and hopefully useful.
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Hands-on with the Glas, the most beautiful thermostat you’ve ever seen

Johnson Controls today opened the doors for consumers to buy Glas, the company's answer to Nest and Ecobee, the Honeywell Lyric, and basically every other company that thought it would turn that simple round dial on the wall on its ear.
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Philips Hue’s Color Ambience makes smart home lighting simple and stylish

It’s not the cheapest smart lighting available, but for those seeking style and sophistication, it’s certainly the best.
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Philips shines a light on a new lineup of minimalist light fixtures

Philips remains the king of smart lighting and is affirming its place in the market with a new range of smart lighting products designed for use outdoors, in the home, and even in the bathroom.