Welcome to our gallery focusing on another facet of the incredible world of smart home devices: smart remote controls.
These devices are the actual hands-on component of a smart home ecosystem, the way you go about controlling it.
With a suite of smart home devices and appliances installed in your home, the final step is setting them in motion. Here’s where remote controls come in.
Anyone who’s had to deal with a complicated home entertainment system knows that a good remote is worth its weight in gold. The same proves true for smart home technology, even more so.
We looked high and low for the best ways to control our smart home devices, and came back with a lot of great products. Some of these are actually remotes, just like you use for your television. Others take the form of communication hubs, letting you do the actual controlling with your smartphone.
Beyond that, we even have a couple examples of truly outside-the-box thinking, one of which is an open source program you can use to connect and control a range of components across virtually any brand in existence.
What ties all of these products together is their ability to give you the reigns to your newly updated smart home environment. Without direct programming and control, they’re just fancy, shiny boxes.
With these remotes, they come to life in a coordinated dance that makes your home more efficient, secure, and comfortable. Read on to see the best of what’s out there when it comes to controlling your smart home devices.
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1. Logitech Harmony Home Elite Remote
This smart home remote allows you to use either your smartphone, with an included free app, or the remote itself for one-touch control of the entire home entertainment system and your smart home ecosystem. You’ll be able to command devices like the Philips Hue lights or Nest learning thermostat with an easy to use remote. When paired with the Harmony hub, you’ll be able to control devices that are hidden away in cabinets or behind walls, even including game consoles.
2. Logitech Harmony Home Hub
Here’s the central hub that gives you smartphone control of your home entertainment and automation devices. Hubs like this are designed to be the center of your smart home ecosystem, tying the disparate elements together into a coherent system. Using the free Harmony app for your smartphone or tablet, or the Harmony remote mentioned above, you’ll be able to swipe or tap to control everything from your tv, to game consoles, to lighting, thermostat, blinds, and much more. If you can connect it to a smart home device, it can be controlled.
3. OnQ / Legrand Home Systems Remote
This handsome and stealthily styled remote supports all On-Q products with IR control, plus up to 7 additional IR modes can be used, all while looking like nothing more than a sturdy universal remote control. With built-in memory, device codes will never be lost when you replace the batteries. With a learning function, this remote can add features and functions unique to your specific devices, becoming more useful as you use it.
4. VeraEdge Home Controller
The VeraEdge is designed to become the “brain” of your wireless smart home system, unifying control over many major brands, including Nest, Schlage, Yale, Kwikset, Philips Hue, and beyond. You’ll be able to control all smart appliances and devices in your home with one-touch programmed settings, like Home, Away, Night, and Vacation mode. This device allows you total control of up to 220 devices with wireless technology via an easy to use app on your smartphone or tablet.
5. Samsung SmartThings Hub
This sleek and stylish device from Samsung allows you to super easily control and monitor your home from virtually anywhere on Earth. You’ll be able to have peace of mind about home security for a fraction of the price of a traditional system, when you’ve got this hub integrated with your smart home devices. From locks, to lights, to outlets, thermostats, and beyond, they can all be controlled with the free accompanying SmartThings app for your smartphone or tablet.
6. Mi Casa Verde VeraLite Home Controller
The VeraLite is a flexible and powerful smart home controller, designed to let you conveniently control your entire smart home ecosystem from anywhere in the world, so long as you’ve got your smartphone and an internet connection. You’ll be able to monitor energy use, saving money on utility bills. With universal compatibility and a customizable programming, it can fit in with devices from a range of manufacturers. This means it’s the perfect addition to your home if you’ve already started on the smart home technology wave.
The NuBryte, from Lucis, is your ticket to advanced and complete home lighting control and security monitoring. The unique feature of this smart home device is its open design API, making it possible to integrate other sensors from various brands over a wireless connection. It allows you to use your phone to control lighting, thermostat and more, as well as monitor your security either via sensors or in real-time with a look at any smart home cameras you have installed.
8. D-Link Staples Connect Hub
Similar to other sleek smart home hubs, this devices is controlled via your smartphone, tablet, or computer wirelessly over the internet on your home network.Accompanied by an easy to use and free app, you’ll be able to command devices from a range of brands, through a variety of channels, using wifi for Z-Wave, ZigBee, Zonoff, Lutron, Bluetooth, and more. Even better, it still functions if the internet connection is lost, right over your local home network.
Unlike other smart home control solutions on our list, OpenHAB is actually software, not a device. This software is designed for the total integration of different home automation devices into a single solution, allowing you to set broad automation rules that can control everything in your home in concert. It is completely brand-neutral, letting you communicate and control devices from any company and integrate competing elements together. Best of all, is that this software is free.
10. Nest Learning Thermostat
As we’ve mentioned before, the Nest learning thermostat is a uniquely adaptive device that will gradually make your home environment a better, more efficient, and comfortable place. The device learns from you and your habits, programming itself and adapting to the way you live. When you’re away, it knows, and will not heat or cool the empty home. The device comes with a remote control for manual command, but learns over time to program itself.
11. Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo is a smart home hub that’s designed around your voice. Once it’s plugged in, you operate it entirely hands-free. Not only can it play your music via built-in apps or Bluetooth streaming; the Echo can control other smart devices around the home, from lighting and switches to heaters or anything else you can plug in.
12. Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge
Like many other smart home control hubs, the Caseta lets you control lighting, shades, thermostat, and much more from your smartphone or tablet using the free Lutron app. Even cooler, you can control the smart home ecosystem using an Apple Watch. This device works with Caseta wireless dimmers and Serena remote controlled shades, allowing you to schedule the lighting conditions in your home by time, season, and even your personal location. This means the lights at home can be automatically turned on as you approach home.
Here’s a look at the app as it appears running on a smartphone. The sleek design, allows for simple, direct control of your smart home environment at a touch.
The cool factor of Apple Watch compatibility can’t be understated. Imagine tapping on your watch, and seeing the lights throughout your home come on.
13. Nexia Home Intelligence Z-Wave Bridge
Here’s another smart and handsomely designed smart home control hub, crafted to let you manage your smart home devices and appliances through an online Nexia subscription. The device connects to your existing wifi router to allow you full control of the home through a securely encrypted internet connection. Z-Wave products automatically connect with the bridge, and can be connected at over 200 at a time, meaning the system can grow with your smart home ecosystem.
14. Wink Connected Home Hub
This hub is designed to be a simple one-size-fits-all solution to get your smart home started, and it’s compatible with a range of technology including Z-wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, & Lutron ClearConnect so that all your smart products can be controlled via the simple Wink app. This could be your perfect foot in the door to the world of smart homes.
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