The "Smart Home" often conjures images of things that go into a house – aa . . However, we are increasingly seeing new technologies and products that can help on your doorstep – and even at your back door. Some of these things you can use all year round, such as a or a ; while others are seasonal. And .
We put together the latest technologies for your garden, your garage and beyond. Here's a look:
Previously, Smart Gardening was focused on stand-alone plant sensors. Buy a or a Put it in a pot ̵
Enter the following: Connected irrigation systems. From Rachio's latest intelligent sprinkler to CNET's own home-made drip irrigation system that uses lettuce, jalapeños and Carolina Reapers, these systems help you track a larger space remotely.
Outdoor cameras are not new, but the variety of options has increased by a ton in recent years. Where it was formerly confined to awe now see and even .
Most of all, we're excited about the newthat work over a cellular network and effectively monitor garden pests outside the Wi-Fi area.
Extending Wi-Fi Range
A wireless access point, also known as an extender, is a great way to bring your Wi-Fi network outside, if you do not have an LTE camera or just want to use the internet outside in the garden.
An outdoor extender such as thecan easily handle this. Read here in detail how you can cover your garden with WLAN.
LEDs and Luminaires
We have covered interior lighting extensively, but smart exterior lighting is a relatively new space. Sure, you can control an outdoor lamp with a wired [LutronSwitchfrom the inside, but what about intelligent LEDs that fight the elements?
There is good news in this area – Philips is leading the way this year with a full line of. We will tell a story later this week about the best options for outdoor lighting.
Garage Door Opener
Yes, a garage is not technically "out there", but it covers the space between your driveway and your home. For many of us, we store the lawn mower and the garden tools. With intelligent garage door openers, you can open and close your garage doors from an app, and some even use voice commands. You can also send reminders to your phone to let you know when you have left a door open. A complete summary of the latest garage door openers will come at the end of the week.
Weather Tracking Technology
You can track the weather in your area at any time with a quick Google search, but smart weather stations are more customized. Thecaptures temperature, wind speed, rain and air pressure right in your yard. Whether you're a weather freak or want to monitor the latest forecast to decide when to plant, water and harvest plants in your garden, products like these can be a smart investment.
This is just an overview of the categories we will be happy to discuss this spring, but there is much more to come – including a Robot Mower Round. I'll update this page to include all the outdoor tech stories we're discussing this week. So look at this area.