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Get an Apple smart home in a few simple stepsIt's pretty easy to get started with Apple's smart home. Here's how.
If you've been dreaming on an Apple smart home, you don't have to wait for the home pod speaker to come out this December. Here's how to get started with the Siri powered home kit today. First, you'll need an iOS device. So, you can control your Apple devices with Siri, or from the home app on your iPhone, iPad Pad or iPod touch, this is your starting point for monitoring and managing your home kit devices remotely. Second, you might want an Apple TV. This isn't a required accessory but the Apple TV allows you to use Siri to adjust lights, locks, and other devices when you're away Away from home. Otherwise you're limited to using Siri at home on your local Wi-Fi network. Third get a home kit compatible device or devices. Smart home products are supposed to make your life a little easier. Whether you want to control locks, lights, window shades, thermostats or everything. It's really up to you. My advice is to pick one Home kit compatible product first and then expand from there. Finally you'll have to install everything. The Home app does a pretty good job of guiding your device configurations, just make sure to sign into iCloud on your iPhone and your Apple TV with the same Apple ID. These steps should only take you a few minutes with the exception of more install heavy devices like thermostats. After that, you'll be able to control your home with voice commands. Hey Siri, close the shades. Okay, the shades are closing.