One of the benefits of working from home is that you can make changes that are not possible in a corporate office. This includes adding SmartHome gadgets to improve your workspace. These devices can support your workflow and make you more comfortable.
When you select SmartHome devices for your home office, you want the same level of comfort you want for every other room. And when it comes to work, smarthome devices can increase your productivity because you can do so much without leaving the room.
When you work from home, one of the hardest things is to return to the workflow after a certain period of time. Here are some SmartHome gadgets that help you focus more.
Start with a Smart Display.
A smart speaker with a voice assistant. Like Amazon Echo or Google Home, it's usually a good place to start a smart home. For a home office, however, we recommend that you switch to a smart display. It offers additional features such as visual weather forecasts and video feeds from cameras and smart doorbells. Of course, smart displays offer all the usual functions that a smart speaker offers.
Here are the two best smart displays to consider:
- Google Nest Hub: If you do not already own Amazon Echo devices, we recommend The Google Nest Hub (formerly Home Hub) is the best Choice for a smart display. This is partly due to the ambient mode, which puts all your family photos into your office and gives you an idea of home while you are at home.
- Amazon Echo Show: If you have a home on Amazon, you can get the Echo Show. There is no ambient screen mode, but you still get better weather forecasts and video feeds.
Adding a video doorbell
We think that video doorbells are one of the best smarthome devices you can own. If you combine them with an intelligent display, their value increases, especially for your home office. The last thing you need is another break, especially from lawyers. A video doorbell and intelligent display allow you to ignore sellers while keeping an eye out for packages.
There are two key video doorbells that you should consider when combined with an intelligent display:
- Nest Hello Video Doorbell: If you have a Google Nest Hub, Nest's video doorbell is a breeze. If someone rings your doorbell, the video feed will appear almost immediately on the Nest Hub. You can then talk to the person, ignore them, or send a preselected message. Nest Hello offers high-quality videos and is the only doorbell that keeps records around the clock. The downsides are that you need working doorbell cabling and a Nest Aware subscription to get the best features.
- Video Ringing: If you're already in the Amazon Echo system or your doorbell cabling is not working, video ringing is a great option. They are available in both wired and battery powered versions. Ring also offers a door camera, which also serves as a peephole. This video doorbell does not record around the clock, but with a subscription, you can access the video for every movement or every press of the doorbell. "width =" 1600 "height =" 900 "data-credittext =" Philips, Wyze "src =" /pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif "onload =" pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this); "onerror =" this. onerror = null; pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this); "/>
If you want to control the lighting in your office without having to rewire the switches, then Smart Bulbs are for you And when you buy colored bulbs, you can not only change the ambience of the room, but also set up a warning system.
The main cause of interruptions at work from home are the other people who live there If you can, place a lamp directly in front of your closed office door and plug a light bulb in. Then you can set up a color system. Green could mean you take a break and it's okay for someone to come in. Yellow may indicate that you are working but may be interrupted if necessary. And red may mean that you're in a video call or deadline and can not be interrupted.
Alternatively, consider a smart LED strip, either for distortion or for accent lighting. LED strips are also available in colors. Typically, you can tape them if you can not set up a warning system outside your office.
Here are some of our choices for Smart Bulbs and LED Strips:
- Philips Hue Bulbs : The premium Smart Bulbs option, and as such, they are among the most expensive. But for your hard-earned dollars, you get vivid colors, scene support, and local controls that work fast. With the company's new Bluetooth lamps, you can also save a few bucks (because you can skip the hub) if you do not plan to expand beyond your office.
- Wyze Lamps: Wyze offers the cheapest, high-quality Smarthome products. Whether it's cameras, sensors or light bulbs, we like Wyze. If you are not interested in colors, but want good smart lights for less, Wyze is the best option.
- iLinktek LED Strip : Philips Hue offers the most beautiful intelligent LED strips, but they are also incredibly expensive. You can save around $ 100 by buying this 15-meter iLinktek strip instead. These lights are compatible with Alexa and Google. If you use iClever products, they will work with the same Smart Life app.
A smart plug for all your stupid things
If you have tabletop or floor fans, window air conditioners, or chargers for your devices in a power strip, you can use a smart plug You can even save money by turning off some devices overnight (or when you're not in your office).
There are many smart-plug options, but you can add and create routines and voices want to make sure that the one you selected is compatible with your Google or Alexa smart display.
Here are some of your options:
- So noff S31 : This plug is one of the cheaper options and has many other smart plugs that do not exist. It is compatible with both Amazon and Google, monitors energy usage and provides integrated planning support.
- Amazon Smart Plug : If you're using Alexa, the Amazon Smart Plug is the easiest option you can set up with your voice assistant devices. You get on and off controls, along with routines and voice commands, but not much else. If you are not already using Alexa, you can skip this option.
- iClever Smart Plugs : However, the cheapest smart plugs available are also difficult to set up. Once you get it up and running, we recommend that you use a single-app solution, such as Google Home or Alexa, to control it instead of the Smart Life app. and they are far cheaper than any other. If you own other Wyze products, it may be worthwhile to wait and see if the intelligent plugs match the excellent reputation of the other products. Wyze said the plugs should be available by the end of September 2019.
A smart thermostat to keep you comfortable
If you work from home, you also get (sometimes) to control the thermostat. This does not mean that you have to leave your office to adapt. This is where a smart thermostat comes into play! Voice integrations and apps let you change the temperature from anywhere. You may also want to consider a temperature sensor for your office. This prevents your thermostat from going into the away mode when you are working hard in your office.
For intelligent thermostats, we have the following choices:
- Nest Learning Thermostat: This is the best-known smart thermostat and for good reason. It's easy to use (you just have to turn a dial), pretty looking and easily integrates with Google products. The only downside is that Nest's temperature sensors are sold separately.
- ecobee Smart Thermostat: This model can also be used as an Alexa device and is equipped with a temperature sensor. With this option you can save money. The UI has a higher learning curve than Nest but is almost identical to the ecobee smart app. So if you master one, you both master.
You may not need everything in this list. After all, every office, every apartment and every employee is different and has different requirements.
With the right combination of elements, you can start and end your workday with simple routines that automate your tasks and prevent interruptions. And all of this can lead to a more productive function!