If you are beginning with converting your home into a smart home, then you wouldn’t be aware of some terms related to the world of smart home. Here is a list of some common smart home terms you should know. Some of these are confusing so it can be like learning a new language.
- Actuators: A device that moves or controls some mechanism is called Actuator. Actuators are increasingly being driven by software. They are able to turn things or off, shut things down, dim and so on. Light dimmers, motorized locks, motorized blinds are some of the examples of actuators.
- Controllers: These are part of our day to day life. Smartphones, watches, remote controls, keypads - all these we use in our daily life are controllers.
- HAN: A home area network (HAN) is a broadband Internet connection that is shared between multiple users through a wired or wireless modem. It is positioned and controlled within a small perimeter, mostly a house or a small office office. It enables the communication and sharing of resources like the Internet between computers, mobile and other devices over a network connection.
- Hubs: A hub is a gateway for the use of communication and control smart devices on automation network. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together. Having a Hub allows you to have a central control point.
- Home Automation Protocol: A home automation protocol, also known as a home control technology, is a communication hardware language that transmits instructions to and from a device, either through wired or wireless communication. Communication is vital for smart home automation, because if your devices can't communicate with each other, then controlling each one becomes more of a chore. The two most common examples are Z-Wave and Zigbee.
- IoT: IoTis short for Internet of Things. In simplest terms, IoT means the ability to turn anything into a smart object. This smart object will in turn be able to connect, monitor, manage, control, search and more almost automatically. The IoT is a rapidly growing technology which aims to connect all devices to the existing internet infrastructure.
- Sensors: the devices that are used to capture information and send the information to other devices are called sensors. A sensor detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific inputcould be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure, or any one of a great number of other environmental phenomena. Examples are motion cameras, smoke detectors, temperature monitors etc.
- Smart Devices: Smart devices are physical electronic devices that performs a specific function or task for you.They are interactive electronic gadgets that understand simple commands sent by users and help in daily activities. Some very popular smart devices are smart plugs and smart WiFi light switch.