Connected Home Platforms available today, allow for various smart devices to be connected – monitored and controlled – under one platform. The connected home platforms are connected via the home Wi-Fi through a choice of protocols (ZigBee, Zwave), and accessible through any one of the available UI interfaces such as your phone, laptop or your Smart TV.
Connected platforms allow you to access & control all smart devices from one platform
The following are the best connected home platforms available in the market today, based on our analysis and feedback from customers. It is still early days with some of the major IT/electronic giants fighting it out to establish their platform and communication protocols as the industry standard. Platforms such as Amazon Echo and Staples Connect with dedicated hardware are compatible and are able to communicate with a lot more smart device types and companies.
|Company||Amazon Echo||Staples Connect||Apple Homekit||Belkin WeMo||Nest Revolv|
|Price**||$179.99||$299.99||Product & App Specific Pricing||Product Specific Pricing||All you need is a Nest Thermostat ($247.5), Nest Protect ($99) or Nest Cam ($199) to get access|
|Compatibility with Smart Devices||Echo works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more, including WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, and Wink||Home Monitoring, Extensive compatibility with security/alarm systems, Aeon Labes water sensor, DLink IP cam, EcoLink door/window sensor, 1st Alert smoke/carbon monoxide alarm||Compatible with Philips Lights, Schlage Locks, Ecobee3 Thermostat, Plug & Switches, Lutron lights, Eve Sensors, and window shades||Connects to products under the WeMo umbrella. WeMo is a family of innovative, easy-to-use products that use mobile internet to control your home electronics, power, water, and Wi-Fi right from your smartphone or tablet, Home Automation||Nest Revolv works with lights, appliances, fitness bands and cars|
|Voice Control||Yes via "Alexa"||Not Available||Yes via "Siri"||Not Available||Yes Via Amazon Echo "Alexa"|
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* Smart Zero Home overall rating based on customer and retailer feedback and our 5 parameter market analyses
** Price is the best price available online, and may include discounted/bargain prices that may not be available everywhere
The following video from Staples demonstres discusses Staples Connect Smart Home Platform: