Add Voice Control to Your Smart Home Devices

April 22, 2019

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One of the main reasons our homes continue to get smarter than ever is down to the remarkable penetration of voice assistants.

After all, who doesn’t want to turn off the lights with a simple command or change channels without reaching for a remote?

Today, we’ll give you a walk-through on adding voice control to your smart home devices the easy way. This guide is angled more toward beginners than the tech-savvy so we’ll go easy on you.

For the purposes of this guide, we’ll be focusing on the 3 main players in the world of virtual butlers:

  1. Alexa
  2. Google Assistant
  3. Siri

The other option is Samsung’s Bixby, but this comes with limitations and we’ll limit ourselves to the big 3 today.

Why Use Voice Control and What Devices are Compatible?

In a word, convenience.

Also, given the routinely woeful audio baked into most smart speakers – there are exceptions but most are quite weak – controlling smart devices is arguably their key selling point.

As well as controlling devices independently, you can use a single voice command to control a group of smart devices.

First of all, you need to get yourself a device with your preferred voice assistant onboard. You’ll also usually need a home hub.

Think about wireless intercom system, that’s in the kitchen at all times, turning on the lights, TV and more.

We’ll run through these digital assistants in turn now and show you how to make the best use of voice control with each.

1) Voice Control with Alexa

A common starting point for controlling smart voice commands is to opt for one of the impressive Amazon Echo smart speakers or smart displays.

Here’s a brief overview of the entire range:

Echo Smart Speaker Range

There’s no right or wrong answer to which Echo will work best for you so focus on which best meshes with your needs and budget.

The good news is, all these devices are remarkably affordable considering the functionality delivered.

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