Smart Home Systems and Homey

Updated 2 months ago 6 minutes

A smart home system is the heart of your smart home. It’s the system that manages all your smart home devices, and ties them together. It provides you with a single point of access to your home. So what does the ideal smart home system look like?

In short, a good smart home system should do a number of things:

  1. Connect to your devices. Preferably as many as possible without workarounds
  2. Automate your home by combining your devices in automation Flows
  3. Give insight in your home and the behaviour of your devices
  4. Provide you with a good user interface to use the above functions

Smart home systems come in all forms and sizes. Often they are limited to a single technology, system or brand in their function. And sometimes they are more versatile than that, but impossible to use for the average user. Finally, there are some products that are able to combine the best of both worlds, like Homey.

Choosing your smart home system is the most important part in automating your home. The controller you choose determines what you can and cannot do. It is the user interface for your home. The devices the system works with, now and in the future, determine how much you will need to spend on making your home smart. Changing systems might be time-consuming. Needless to say, you want to choose right.

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You want a smart home system to be compatible with the devices you love

The right smart home system

So what determines the right smart home system? This is at least partly personal, but there are a number of objective point we can derive from the four core functions mentioned above.

For starters, you’ll want a system that is able to connect with as many devices as possible. With this versatility, you prevent yourself from buying into modules that are too expensive. It also creates better odds that you will be able to connect your first choice of device in the future. There are several wireless technologies used in smart home, like Zigbee, Z-Wave, 433MHz, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and infrared. Basically, the more standards a system supports, the more versatile it is.

Secondly you want to be able to automate. Some systems, mostly on KNX only let an installer automate your home. We would recommend to select a system that (also) lets you automate yourself, so you can change and add scenarios.

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The user interface is one of the most important factors of a smart home system

The most important factor however is our fourth point: interface. If the system does not provide you with interfaces and apps that you can actually fully use, the options above get less useful. It’s great if a system has five technologies inside, but if it needs installation by a rocket scientist, it’s probably not your thing.

The same holds for automation. If you want to automate your home, the system should provide a usable interface for that. If you know how to code, you can always automate everything. Smart home systems should be there for the people that don’t, but still want control over their homes.

Homey as smart home system

Homey is also a smart home system. It is designed with a focus on the core factors above. Homey provides all the core functionalities: device connectivity, automation and insight. That’s not the main thing though. It’s about how these functions are delivered.

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Homey is a versatile and friendly smart home system

Compatibility

Homey is compatible with more than 50,000 devices from over 1000 brands. And that’s not just a lot of small, niche brands. Homey works with popular brands like IKEA, Philips Hue, Honeywell, Sonos, Fibaro, Ring, Somfy, Xiaomi Aqara and many, many more. Because Homey has six wireless technologies inside, it can directly connect to almost all wireless devices. No workarounds or extra gateways are needed. And because it is built as an open platform, new integrations are added almost daily through Homey Apps.

Automation

You can combine all these devices in Homey Flow. Automate your home and let devices work together. Across brands, and across wireless technologies. Easily create your own scenarios, both simple or complex, with Homey Flow and Flow for Web.

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With Homey Flow for Web you can create simple and complex scenarios for your smart home system

Insights

Homey also provides you with insight in your home. With Homey Insights, you can see everything that has been going on. With interactive charts which can go way back, you’ll never miss a thing. And with Homey Energy right in the Homey app, it was never this easy to manage your energy consumption and generation.

Interface

The most important part of a smart home system remains the interface. That’s why we made the Homey smartphone app the center of Homey. Designed for everyday use, the Homey app provides all the features of Homey in a friendly design. No programming, no clunky interfaces. Just an app that even your mother will understand.

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The interface of the Homey app is designed for everyday use by regular people

Upgrade your home

Homey combines the best of both worlds of smart home systems. On the one hand, it is a powerful and versatile system boasting six wireless technologies and over 1000 brands of supported devices. On the other hand, its interfaces are friendly and easy-to-use. Advanced settings are available right on your mobile phone, but only if you click through to them. It’s truly a smart home powerhouse in a friendly skin. Discover Homey, and upgrade your home.

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