When many of us think about a smart home setup, we think of the obvious automation tasks it enables us to do, like turning off the lights, turning up the thermostat, ordering food, hailing rides, and checking cameras remotely, all from our smartphone displays. We might also imagine all of the things artificial intelligence voice assistants can do for us in the smart home setup, but how often do we think about the myriad of options available for entertainment in our smart homes?
There are so many smart entertainment devices coming out, it’s often hard to choose the right one for you. Whether you’re looking for a TV, a streaming device that can integrate with your other smart home devices, radio and speaker systems for music, and even gaming systems, there are so many options out there for you!
Several smart TVs out there from great manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Vizio, and TLC. Not only are smart TVs becoming more affordable, but they are also becoming increasingly easier to integrate with your existing smart home setup. Some come with a built-in streaming platform, such as Chromecast or AirPlay, enabling you to cast media from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to the big screen with just a push of a button. Many of the newest smart TVs also come with voice remotes that let you find content with just a few words.
Not only are smart TVs out there, but you also have the even more affordable option to turn almost any TV with an HDMI port into a smart TV. Many devices exist now at low prices to accomplish this task, such as Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Amazon’s Fire TV, and even streaming Blu-Ray players. Which one you purchase may depend on what software ecosystem you’re invested in. For example, Chromecast and Android TV work seamlessly with Android phones and Chromebooks, while Apple TV is best for iPhone and Mac owners.
Whether you want a full on smart TV with one of the newest OLED displays, or you just want a streaming device to cast your favorite content to your TV with your phone or computer, there are more than enough options for you to choose from.
You can even use your Alexa, Apple HomePod, or Google Home to stream to your TV or streaming device with a simple voice command. Talk about convenience!
Gaming consoles these days offer a lot more than just the ability to play games. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 enable you to play online multiplayer with your friends, but they can also serve as entertainment hubs for any sort of media. Not only can you cast your favorite shows and music from your phone to your gaming console, but you can also stream content using applications from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and more available on the Xbox Store and the PS4 Apps Store.
The Xbox One even features its own voice assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana. Using Cortana, you can tell your Xbox to invite friends to a party, launch apps, play music or other media, take screenshots, record video, and much more. If you have a Windows computer running Windows 10, you may already be familiar with using Cortana, so getting used to her on the Xbox One should be a breeze.
Of course, gaming and streaming are best with a great Wi-Fi setup. What if there were simple, smart Wi-Fi systems you could set up just like a video streaming device? Wait, there is!
If you’re planning on integrating all of these smart devices within your smart home setup, you’re going to want a great Wi-Fi setup. There are now smart routers on the market that can be extremely simple to set up, all with a few taps on your Android or iPhone device through a dedicated application. Technical wizardry is no longer a prerequisite for getting your internet connection up and running!
Smart routers that use mesh systems to boost the performance of any device in your home, in any room, are on the market now, too. As you can see at iPropertyManagement, companies like Google with the new Google WiFi system, eero with their new Pro WiFi mesh system, and Netgear with the Orbi system are the most popular, but others are getting in on the smart router game too. These devices can speed up your connection, are simple to use, and offer security for peace of mind, right out of the box.
For the audiophiles out there that are interested in smart home systems, there are plenty of speakers on the market that can make them more than happy with excellent sound quality. Available from big names like Logitech, Bose, Apple, Sonos, and Google, there are options at affordable prices that will make any music lover happy.
Some of these Wi-Fi speakers are built with music in mind, and even have artificial intelligent assistants built right in.
The Sonos One has amazing sound quality and provides Alexa and Google Assistant for you to provide voice commands and start streaming your favorite tunes with a few simple words. The HomePod from Apple, with Siri integration, allows you to stream music from your iTunes collection or your Apple Music subscription.
The Google Home Max is a Google Home on steroids, but also built with excellent audio quality in mind. Allowing users to stream music from Google Play Music, YouTube, Spotify, and more, and having Google Assistant baked right in, this speaker is for anyone who uses Google services and wants excellent sound quality from a smart speaker at an affordable price.
Smart homes are about more than just home automation and artificial intelligence. When you’re at home and enjoying leisure time, all you want to do is kick back and enjoy your favorite TV shows, video games and music. All of these devices such as smart TVs, consoles, and smart speakers are equipped to provide you with all the entertainment and media you desire with a click of a mouse, tap on the screen, or through a simple voice command.
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