Did you know there is a difference between a Smart Home and a Connected Home? Yes, there is a difference! Here is a link we found that explains (with pictures!) the difference. Knowing more can lead to a more usable and fun electronic lifestyle experience. Enjoy! Please contact us if you would like more information. Every time I turn on the TV or check my news feed online, I am bombarded with conversations about the Internet of Things, the smart or connected home, home automation and home control. But what does it all mean and how does it fit together? What is the “Internet of Things”? What does it mean to have a “Connected Home” vs. a “Smart Home”? What is automation vs. control? As experts in the field for the past decade, we’ll try to make some sense out of this new vocabulary that is increasingly part of our everyday conversations.

Connected Home

A connected home has the wiring or wireless infrastructure to ensure that devices within the home can communicate to one another and the Internet, or the cloud, with ease. Most homes these days have a local area network or LAN, which is a computer network within the home that uses CAT5 or CAT6 cables, routers, and probably some wireless technology to allow devices to connect and communicate. If all of the devices you have connect to the local area network (LAN) in your house, they (and you) can share things like media files, informational data, printers, and network access storage, among other things—creating a connected home.

Smart Home

A smart home takes the connected home one step further. With home automation technology, like a Control4 system, all of the devices that are connected to the home network can be orchestrated to perform necessary or convenient functions in concert. The underlying operating system connects devices and systems like security systems, heating and cooling, lights, audio/video and entertainment systems, and shades just to name a few. Then the system is programmed to make everything in your home work together seamlessly. The depth of control can vary from the ability to control one light or the door locks with unique applications to an all-encompassing home control solution that allows simplified control of multiple systems and devices through one interface, which is where Control4 excels.