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The idea behind each smart home automation ecosystem is to control many devices, often using various protocols (or compatibilities, such as Insteon, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) from one solution. For example, you may want to use Insteon switches for lighting control, a Nest thermostat for HVAC control, an iRobot vacuum to clean your home, and an August lock to secure your front door. Each of these systems has their own app for remote control. However, if you want to simplify that, and add voice control, then using an Amazon Alexa device (as an example) will be the solution for you. Take a look at each of the ecosystems below to get an idea of what the ecosystem does, and then take a look at the corresponding brands (and subsequent products) to see which ecosystem fits your needs best.

Amazon AlexaAmazon Alexa Logo

Use Alexa to control multiple devices at scheduled times or with a single voice command, like locking the doors and turning off the lights.

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Google HomeGoogle Logo

Big help is here with Google Home. It’s powered by the Google Assistant, so you can ask it questions and tell it to do things.

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Apple HomeKitHomeKit Logo

With the Home app and Siri, you can easily and securely control all your HomeKit accessories.

Samsung Smartthings Logo

Wirelessly connects hundreds of compatible smart devices allowing them all to work together.

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Works with Alexa LIFXLIFX Logo

LIFX. The Wi-Fi smart lights that shine bright in any color.

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Nest ThermostatNest Logo

Nest works with all kinds of things – lights, appliances, door locks, audio/video and more.

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