Those who want the greatest possible variety for the smart home can put together their components à la carte and link them to universal control centers or cloud platforms. However, this requires a good knowledge of compatible devices and linkable radio standards. It works easier – and faster – with a complete system. In this case, the manufacturer ensures that adapter plugs, radiator thermostats, motion detectors, window contact sensors and other in-house components get along well with each other. Ideally, it even creates interfaces to systems from other brands. You can then use other sources to close any gaps in your regular supplier’s product range.
Because a full-service provider has everything in its own hands, you benefit in the best case from an intuitive control from a single source. There is also the prospect of successive product additions that can be seamlessly integrated into your setup. As a rule, you can operate the technology remotely without much additional effort because the system manufacturer maintains a cloud infrastructure for this. Firmware updates can be imported via a control center. This ensures that all of your components are kept up to date. Of course, only if the system manufacturer maintains the range and the software behind it over the long term.
German trio in comparison
With Bosch Smart Home, Homematic IP and Telekom Magenta SmartHome, we compare three German systems that offer the basic functions mentioned. The likelihood that the three providers behind this will continue to expand and maintain their systems in the future is high. Experience so far shows that.
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