The most important aspect found in virtually every single smart home is the home network, allowing for total control of various electronic appliances and equipment found around the home from another electronic device. In other words, anything from light fixtures to the washing machine can be connected to the home network, and in turn be controlled from a central console. Furthermore, the console itself does not have to resemble a physical device commonly featured in older alarm systems, but in fact any computer, smartphone, or tablet can be turned into a smart home command center. Typically, the only requirement will be a network connection between the console and the controlled machine. However, it will be up to the homeowner to decide whether they would rather control the various devices from inside the house, or allow them to access the internet connection and be controllable from virtually any place on the planet. As one should immediately recognize, the first option provides a higher level of security and will be impervious to most external attacks, while the second option allows for higher level of control and autonomy allowing the user to monitor their house even if they happen to be hundreds of miles away from home.
When it comes to making a house ready for a conversion to a quintessential smart home, the most important step will be setting up the connection between various electronic devices and the home network. While certain newer devices, such as cameras, motion sensors, HDTVs or home stereo systems can come with this feature already enabled, other devices like dishwashers or coffee makers will require some modification. However, the modification required may not necessarily be complex, and there are many home automation kits available on the market that require the individual to simply plug the device into the provided outlet to make it wirelessly controllable. In fact, some sophisticated systems can even allow various mechanical devices, such as door locks, to be converted into futuristic machines. In addition to the increased level of control, the various capabilities of smart homes also offer a much greater sense of security. For example, a home monitoring system, equipped with multiple cameras placed around the house, will not only notify the homeowner of any intrusion but if the picture is also accessible from another device, the owner will be able to observe the behavior of the intruder without having to sacrifice their and their family's safety in the process.