With so many companies getting into the smart home technology game, it’s easier and more affordable than ever before to turn your home into a smart home. But with more products and services on the market, there are more opportunities for issues to arise. Here are some commonly reported problems with smart home technology that you should keep in mind.
Smart Home Devices Aren’t Always Compatible
The first decision to make when building out your smart home is which platform makes sense for you, and then it’s best to stick to it as you continue to add devices to your collection. For example, do you prefer Amazon or Google? What works with Alexa may not work with Google Home. It’s often tricky to get devices made for a specific platform to connect with those made for a different one. Luckily, most platforms are continuing to add more devices at a rapid rate.
Unnecessary Data Collection
When setting up apps that control your smart home technology, most ask for permission to access your camera, audio, location and more, which can collect data about how you live. That data can be shared with marketers and other entities that may find it valuable. Be sure to read the fine print and understand if data is being collected through your smart home technology and, if so, how it is shared and if it is possible to opt out.
Another common problem with voice-command and motion-activated smart home technology is that it can sometimes be triggered when you don’t want it to be. For example, Alexa may chime in from your smart speaker during a conversation even though you didn’t say a command. Or you may get alerts from your Ring video doorbell when only a few falling leaves blew in front of the camera. You can adjust the settings on your devices, but that won’t cure all false alerts.
With most of today’s smart home technology relying on the internet to work correctly, a poor wireless connection can be a major headache. You may need to upgrade your service and router if your devices frequently lose connection.
Batteries Only Last for So Long
Being wireless means you can remotely control your devices, but it also means you’ll have to charge or replace batteries once in a while. It’s a good idea to purchase backup batteries for your most-used smart home products, so you can swap them out without having to wait for them to charge.