Since long-distance wireless transfer of electricity is not yet available. It is currently impossible for anyone to set up a home with no wiring. You will definitely be needing wires to power up your devices and appliances. The only option here is to reduce the number of cables by replacing some devices with there wireless options. This can be easily achieved by linking all your devices with Your home WiFi and using Battery-powered devices.
Thanks to advancements in tech, having a wireless smart home is something that is relatively easy. The amount of wireless devices we can buy is really amazing. From smart lights to security cameras and even smart ovens that supports wireless operations. We now has a sea of options to choose from when setting up your home.
WiFi Mesh Network:
When building your smart home, you will need to connect all your devices to the internet. Most devices support WiFi and Ethernet cable. But since we want to go wireless. All Our devices will be connected via WiFi.
For this, you will need a WiFi router or a WiFi mesh network. If you leave in a small apartment with only but a few smart devices that use the internet. A WiFi router should be good enough for you.
But if you are living a bigger house, with rooms, a garage, basement, and attic. Having a full WiFi coverage in some of these rooms may be difficult. Most times, your internet speed in your basement might be really slow when you are trying to watch a HOWTO guide on YouTube.
And that’s where a WiFi mesh network Comes in. A WiFi mesh network is a series of devices (called nodes) placed around your home. They usually come in a pack of 2 or 3. With one being the primary router.
It works more like a sprinkler system. Whereby the main router sends out WiFi signals, then the nodes will pick up those WiFi signal and boost the strength of the signal in distance rooms.
Some of the best WiFi mesh network available are:
The Orbi is available in several options, including an ultra-performance version. It provides a speed of up to 2.2Gbps even if your home is as large as 6000 square feet with a full WiFi coverage everywhere in your house. The setup process does not require a PhD in engineering. With a little time, you can set it up to your self.
Google Nest Mesh:
The Google nest mesh comes in a pack of 3. Which provides good WiFi coverage for a house as large as 4500 square feet. The setup process was also easy here. With a user-friendly app that’s is available in both the App Store and the Play Store. Watching 4k movies anywhere in your home won’t be an issue with the Google Nest Mesh Network.
Most WiFi routers and WiFi mesh network uses a combination of 2.4Ghz And 5Ghz frequency. 5Ghz frequencies are fasting and let you stream 4k movies. But they find it hard to pass through walls or penetrate windows. While 2.4Ghz networks are strong enough to go through walls and windows but offer a slower internet speed. Most WiFi router and Mesh combines the two Frequencies to provide the strongest WiFi Signal it can at any given time. Obviously, a WiFi mesh network is the best choice if your own a large house and consideration the number of smart devices that will be sucking all that WiFi signal. The WiFi mesh will be your best bet.
When building your wireless smart home. The first set of devices you should consider automating should be your lights. To automate your lights, you have two routes you an go, You can either go with smart bulbs or smart switches.
Smart bulbs :
Smart bulbs are internet-enabled light bulbs with additional features, including Automation, color-changing abilities, and remote customization, which are not present in regular light bulbs.
A list of companies including Philips Hue, Lifx Mini, Eufy Lumos, and a lot more offers smart bulbs with multicolor configuration, which you can change from there respective apps. With most smart bulbs you are not limited to the amount of color you can choose from. You can choose any color you can think of.
Another cool feature about smart bulbs is the fact that it allows you to link them up with your phone’s or PC. You can set your smart bulbs to flash a particular color, let’s say red whenever you receive a WhatsApp message. Or flash blue three times when you receive an email.
I personally enjoyed this feature. I setup mine up to flash green multiple times when I receive a call because most time, my phone is set to silent mode.
Most smart bulbs support third parties partners like IFTTT, The Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Smart Hubs, and The Apple Homekit.
If You are using the Apple Homekit, you may be limited to the amount of smart bulbs that supports this platform, which makes shopping a little bit harder for those with the Apple Homekit. But most of the big brands supports the Apple Homekit anyways.
If your home has a lot of light fixtures and recessed lighting, then changing all the bulbs in your house to smart bulbs will not only be more expensive but will also add to the list of devices draining your WiFi Signals.
A typical smart bulb may cost from $100 – $30 per bundle or a single bulb. If you were to replace all your lights bulbs to smart bulbs, you could be looking at prices ranging up to $2000 or more if you leave in a large home.
Instead, you can get a Smart Switch to handle this department. Just like Smart Bulbs, Smart Switches are wall Switches that works the same way as your regular light switch, but with some extra features built-in. Smart switches can help you to automate your regular light bulbs to work similarly to smart bulbs.
With a smart switch, you can create an automation that controls the light, as well as dim the brightness of your regular bulbs.
Most smart switches support a ton of third-party partners. Including the Google assistant, Alexa, Apple Homekit, SmartThings, and so on. Some of the best smart switches you can buy are: Lutron Caseta, Wemo Light Switch and Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Lights.
You can also read an indepth buyers guide comparing Smart Bulbs Vs Smart Switch Here.
The Home Theater:
Let’s now move to the home entertainment systems. Most of the TVs released in the past year come with inbuilt voice assistant, like the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
With this feature, you can use your voice to change channels, control your volume or search for that recently released movies. Although this feature sounds amazing, which it is, operating it sometimes can be pretty annoying and glitchy.
You can fix this by getting a dedicated hub. Like the Logitech Harmony hub, which helps to control your TV and your Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, or Google Chromecast with great ease.
Talking of those devices, you can use any of those Three media providing platforms to replace your wired cable or Blu-ray player. You can use them to stream HD movies from sites like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and so on. Installation is easy, and there are all WiFi Compatible.
For your Audio, you can connect the TV with a set of speakers like the Sonos beam. Choosing the right speakers will significantly improve the immersive experience of whatever movie you are watching. Most speakers are compatible with Alexa and the Google assistant For voice commands.
Rooms like the (kitchen, bathroom, and garage). Where the best audio performance is not needed, you can get a Pretty Good sounding speakers under the $100 price range. The Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers can do the job for these rooms.
If you are on a budget and don’t mind a lower quality, you can get The smaller Echo Dot or the Google home mini. The sound produced from the device are clear and crisp, but lacking in loudness and bass. If you wish to use them to listen to the voice Assistants, there should be good enough for anyone.
Thanks to companies like Eufy, Arlo, Ring, and August, you can go fully wireless with setting up your security. They offer security cameras that are powered by long-lasting batteries.
Battery life for most cameras is rated to last from 4-7 months. You can go for either an indoor or outdoor camera. This security camera offers HD video quality up to 2k resolution, with a water-proof and durable package.
You also get motion detection, which gets triggered when someone moves around an area you set out and sends a notification directly to your phone. Most smart security cameras also support two-way talk and night vision. You can read more about some battery security cameras here.
Another device you could invest in are smart door locks like the August smart lock (you can read the review here), Schlage Lock and Yales Assure Locks. which automates your regular deadbolt without changing your entire deadbolt.
With this type of lock, you can unlock and lock your door from anywhere in the world. You can also create virtual keys that can give a visitor to access your home. Most door locks supports Alexa, The Google Assistant, Apple Homekit, among many other third parties partners.
If your mobile devices support wireless charging, then I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t buy a wireless charger. Wireless mobile charging has come a long way since it was introduced a couple of years ago. The current wireless chargers are now faster and safer.
The best wireless chargers I can recommend are Belkin Boost Up and the Choetech Dual wireless chargers. Both both are rated at 10W. But charges iPhone devices at 7.5W, Samsung Devices at 9W, and other Qi-enabled Devices are 5w.
Most wireless chargers feature an LED indicator that shows you when your device is charging. If your phone has a case on, you don’t need to worry about it not charging as the wireless charger’s strength can easily penetrate a 33mm case.
Let’s now talk about some smart home appliances you can get for your home. Thanks to the increasing popularity of smart homes, even our regular appliances like the vacuum cleaner, coffee maker, and even ovens all now have smart options.
You can now have a robotic vacuum cleaner, clean your entire house without you even lifting a finger, thanks to companies like Eufy, Xiaomi, and so on.
This robot vacuum cleans you house by first Mapping out your home with a laser and then start cleaning, mostly in a snake-like pattern. From the app, you can start and stop a cleaning session, as well as select a particular zone to clean. Linking it up with Alexa or the Google Assistant gives you the ability to start a cleaning session with a voice command.
Another Great appliance you can consider getting smart thermostats. Apart from the fact that it helps you maintain optimum temperature according to your choice. It helps you to have money on electric bills too.
And honestly, those are the two smart home appliances I think are the most useful. If you ever want to get more smart devices, you can buy Alexa, and Google assistant enabled oven, fridge, coffee maker. With companies like Samsung, LG turning Virtual all there new appliances smart.
Finally, as I had already mentioned in the introduction, the idea of a fully wireless smart home is not possible right now. Maybe it will in a few years, becuase we don’t yet have a safe wireless power transmission medium.
In this post, I tried my possible best to compile a list of the best set of devices and appliances you can get, to set up a relatively wireless home. I hope this guide will help you guys make the best decisions when setting up your smart homes. Thank you!