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Title:
My smart home for seniors / Michael Miller ; AARP ; Pearson Education.
ISBN:
9780789759894
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Indiana : QUE, Pearson Education, Inc., ©2017

©2017
Physical Description:
xxi, 361 pages : color illustrations, charts ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Making your life easier with Smart home technology -- Understanding Smart home hubs and controllers -- Automating your home lighting -- Automating heating and cooling -- Automating home security -- Automating your kitchen and laundry -- Automating home entertainment -- Exploring other Smart devices and applications -- Controlling your Smart home with Wink -- Controlling your Smart home with Apple Home -- Controlling your Smart home with Amazon Alexa -- Controlling your Smart home with Google Home -- Using Smart technology for independent living -- Adding more functionality with IFTTT -- Evaluating privacy and security concerns -- What's next (online only).
Abstract:
Easy, clear, readable, and focused on what you want to do. Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most. Large, full-color, close-up photos show you exactly what to do. Tips and notes to help you along the way. Full-color, step-by-step tasks - in legible print - walk you through making your home safer and easier to live in using smart technology. Learn how to: Control your home's lighting with smart bulbs and switches ; Make your home more secure with smart doorbells, door locks, and security cameras ; Automatically control your home's temperature with a smart thermostat ; Make cooking and cleaning easier with smart appliances ; Use voice commands or your smart phone to control your smart devices ; Use If This Then That (IFTTT) to make your smart devices interact with each other automatically ; Get smart about the security and privacy concerns of smart devices ; Set up your smart devices and get them to work with one another ; Compare and select the best smart hub for your smart home needs ; Learn to use Amazon Alexa, Google Home and other voice-activated devices, as well as Apple's HomeKit on the iPhone, to make your smart devices work together.
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Summary

This full-color introduction to the smart home has been written from the ground up with one audience in mind: seniors. No ordinary "beginner's book," My Smart Home for Seniors approaches every topic from a 50+ person's point of view, using meaningful, realistic examples.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks-in legible print-walk you through making your home safer and easier to live in using smart technology. Learn how to:

* Control your home's lighting with smart bulbs and switches
* Make your home more secure with smart doorbells, door locks, and security cameras
* Automatically control your home's temperature with a smart thermostat
* Make cooking and cleaning easier with smart appliances
* Use voice commands or your smart phone to control your smart devices
* Use If This Then That (IFTTT) to make your smart devices interact with each other automatically
* Get smart about the security and privacy concerns of smart devices
* Set up your smart devices and get them to work with one another
* Compare and select the best smart hub for your smart home needs
* Learn to use Amazon Alexa(tm), Google Home(tm) and other voice-activated devices, as well as Apple's HomeKit(tm) on the iPhone, to make your smart devices work together


Author Notes

Michael Miller is a popular and prolific writer of close to 200 non-fiction books, known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. He writes about a variety of topics, including technology, business, and music. His bestselling books for Que include My iPad for Seniors , My Facebook for Seniors , My Social Media for Seniors , My Internet for Seniors , My Samsung Galaxy S7 for Seniors , My Windows 10 Computer for Seniors , Easy Computer Basics , and Computer Basics: Absolute Beginner's Guide . Worldwide, his books have sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Find out more at the author's website: www.millerwriter.com
Follow the author on Twitter: molehillgroup


Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xiv
Dedicationp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 Making Your Life Easier with Smart Home Technologyp. 3
What Is a Smart Home?p. 4
How Smart Home Technology Worksp. 6
Smart Communicationsp. 6
Smart Operationsp. 7
Smart Interactivityp. 8
What Can Your Smart Home Control?p. 9
Smart Lightingp. 9
Smart Heating and Coolingp. 11
Smart Home Securityp. 12
Smart Appliancesp. 13
Smart Home Entertainmentp. 14
Smart Home Controlp. 15
And More...p. 15
Why You Need to Turn Your Home into a Smart Homep. 16
Saving Time and Effortp. 16
Saving Money and Conserving Energyp. 17
Doing Morep. 17
2 Understanding Smart Home Hubs and Controllersp. 21
Understanding Smart Home Technologiesp. 21
X10p. 23
Insteonp. 24
Wi-Fip. 25
Bluetoothp. 25
Z-Wavep. 25
ZigBeep. 26
Comparing Smart Home Systemsp. 26
Insteonp. 27
SmartThings by Samsungp. 28
Winkp. 28
And More...p. 29
What Works with What?p. 30
Comparing Smart Home Controllersp. 34
Apple HomeKitp. 35
Amazon Echo and Alexap. 36
Google Homep. 37
3 Automating Your Home Lightingp. 41
Considering Smart Lighting Systemsp. 41
Insteonp. 41
LIFXp. 42
Philips Huep. 42
Winkp. 43
Other Systemsp. 43
Using the Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Systemp. 44
Connect the Hue Bridgep. 44
Connect to the Hue Dimmer Switchp. 46
Control Your Lights with the Dimmer Switchp. 48
Connect to the Hue Appp. 48
Create a Roomp. 50
Add More Lights or Accessoriesp. 52
Turn Lights On or Off with the Hue Smartphone Appp. 54
Dim Your Lightsp. 55
Adjust a Light's Color Temperaturep. 55
Select a Scenep. 57
Create a New Scenep. 58
Create a New Home & Away Routinep. 61
Create a Wake Up Routinep. 65
Create a Go to Sleep Routinep. 66
4 Automating Heating and Coolingp. 71
Understanding Smart Thermostatsp. 71
How Smart Thermostats Workp. 72
Should You Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat?p. 74
Evaluating Smart Thermostatsp. 75
Carrier Cor Wi-Fi Thermostatp. 76
Ecobeep. 77
Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostatp. 78
Honeywell Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostatp. 79
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostatp. 80
Nest Learning Thermostatp. 80
Using the Nest Learning Thermostatp. 83
Set Up and Configure Your Nest Thermostatp. 84
Control Your Thermostatp. 90
Set the Temperaturep. 91
Program Your Nestp. 93
Learning Your Routinep. 94
Connecting Your Nest to Other Smart Devicesp. 95
5 Automating Home Securityp. 99
Adding a Smart Doorbellp. 100
How Smart Doorbells Workp. 100
August Doorbell Camp. 101
Ring Video Doorbellp. 103
SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbellp. 105
Installing a Smart Door Lockp. 106
How Smart Door Locks Workp. 107
August Smart Lockp. 108
Kwikset Kevop. 111
Kwikset Premisp. 112
Schlage Connectp. 113
Schlage Sensep. 113
Yale Assure Lock with Bluetoothp. 114
Using Smart Security Camerasp. 115
How Smart Cameras Workp. 115
Arlo Qp. 117
Arlo Prop. 118
Canary Flexp. 119
Nest Cam Indoor and Outdoorp. 120
Working with Smart Smoke and CO Detectorsp. 122
Birdip. 123
Halo+p. 124
Nest Protectp. 124
Assembling a Smart Home Security Systemp. 126
Samsung SmartThingsp. 127
Winkp. 128
Canaryp. 128
Piperp. 130
iSmartAlarmp. 131
SimpliSafep. 132
6 Automating Your Kitchen and Laundryp. 135
Understanding Today's Smart Appliancesp. 136
Smart Operationp. 136
Smart Monitoringp. 137
Smart Energy Savingsp. 137
Smart Maintenancep. 137
Smarter Food Storage with Smart Refrigeratorsp. 138
GE Connected Refrigeratorsp. 138
LG SmartThinQ Refrigeratorsp. 139
Samsung Family Hub Refrigeratorsp. 140
Smarter Cooking with Smart Ranges and Ovensp. 142
GE Wi-Fi Connected Ovens and Rangesp. 142
LG SmartThinQ Rangesp. 143
Samsung Wi-Fi Rangesp. 144
Smarter Dishwashing with Smart Dishwashersp. 145
Bosch Dishwasher with Home Connectp. 145
GE Wi-Fi Connected Dishwashersp. 145
Smarter Cleaning with Smart Washers and Dryersp. 146
GE Wi-Fi Connected Washers and Dryersp. 147
LG SmartThinQ Washers and Dryersp. 148
Whirlpoolp. 148
7 Automating Home Entertainmentp. 153
Watching Smart TVp. 153
What's Inside a Smart TVp. 154
What a Smart TV Doesp. 155
Using a Typical Smart TVp. 156
Using a Smart Set-Top Boxp. 158
Streaming Audio Throughout Your Homep. 159
Using the Amazon Echo as a Speakerp. 160
Using Google Home as a Speakerp. 161
Using the Harmony Hubp. 162
Getting to Know the Harmony Hubp. 162
What's It Work With?p. 164
Setting Up the Harmony Hubp. 164
Using the Harmony Hubp. 165
8 Examining Other Smart Devices and Applicationsp. 169
Smart Devices for the Living Roomp. 169
Smart Plugsp. 170
Smart Outletsp. 171
Smart Wall Switchesp. 171
Smart Motion Detectorsp. 172
Smart Window Coveringsp. 173
Smart Vacuumsp. 174
Smart Devices for the Bedroomp. 175
Smart Bedding and Accessoriesp. 175
Smart Devices for the Kitchenp. 176
Smart Coffee Makersp. 177
Smart Cooking Appliancesp. 178
Smart Devices for the Garagep. 178
Smart Garage Door Openersp. 178
Smart Car Adapterp. 180
Smart Devices for Outdoorsp. 181
Smart Irrigation Systemsp. 181
Smart Lawn Mowersp. 181
9 Controlling Your Smart Home with Winkp. 185
Getting to Know Winkp. 185
Setting Things Upp. 187
Connect the Wink Hub 2p. 188
Add a New Device via Barcode Scanningp. 190
Manually Add a New Devicep. 193
Using the Wink Appp. 196
Turn a Device On or Offp. 196
View Information from a Sensorp. 197
Create a Shortcutp. 199
Activate a Shortcutp. 201
Automating Activities with Robots and Eventsp. 202
Create a Robotp. 202
Remove a Robotp. 206
Create an Eventp. 206
10 Controlling Your Smart Home with Apple Homep. 213
Understanding Apple HomeKitp. 214
How HomeKit Worksp. 214
What's Compatible with HomeKitp. 215
Adding Devices and Roomsp. 216
Add a New Devicep. 217
Add a New Roomp. 219
Assign an Accessory Device to a Roomp. 220
Create a Scenep. 222
Controlling Your Smart Devicesp. 223
Control a Device or Scenep. 224
Controlling Devices and Scenes with Sirip. 225
Automating Multiple Devicesp. 225
Create a Location Automationp. 227
Create a Time Automationp. 229
Create a Controlled Automationp. 231
11 Controlling Your Smart Home with Amazon Alexap. 235
Understanding Alexa-and Echop. 236
What Alexa Does and How Alexa Worksp. 236
Using Alexa as a Smart Home Controllerp. 236
Meet Amazon's Echo Devicesp. 237
Amazon Echop. 237
Amazon Echo Dotp. 238
Amazon Echo Showp. 239
Which Echo Is Right for You?p. 239
Setting Up Your Echo Devicep. 240
Set Up Your Devicep. 241
Changing the Wake Wordp. 246
Working with Alexap. 249
Employ General Commandsp. 250
Tell Alexa What to Dop. 251
Using the Alexa Appp. 252
Tour the Alexa Appp. 252
Link Accounts from Other Servicesp. 254
Working with Alexa's Skillsp. 257
Find a Skillp. 257
Add a Skill to Alexap. 260
Using Alexa to Control Your Smart Devicesp. 261
What's Compatible?p. 261
Connect a Smart Device to Alexap. 261
Working with Device Groupsp. 264
Controlling a Smart Device with Alexap. 266
12 Controlling Your Smart Home with Google Homep. 269
Understanding Google Home and the Google Assistantp. 270
Setting Up and Using Google Homep. 271
Set Up Your Devicep. 272
Navigate and Configure the Google Home Appp. 278
Working with the Google Assistantp. 282
Wake Wordsp. 283
Employ General Commandsp. 283
Tell the Google Assistant What to Dop. 284
Using Google Home to Control Your Smart Devicesp. 285
What Does Google Home Control?p. 285
Pair a Device with the Google Assistantp. 286
Use the Google Assistant to Control Your Smart Devicesp. 289
13 Using Smart Technology for Independent Livingp. 291
Making Daily Living Easierp. 292
Use a Voice-Controlled Personal Assistantp. 292
Install Smart Lighting Systemsp. 293
Employ a Smart Doorbellp. 294
Install a Smart Door Lockp. 294
Consider a Smart Thermostatp. 295
Keeping You and Your Loved Ones Saferp. 297
Install a Smart Door Lockp. 297
Employ Smart Door and Window Sensorsp. 298
Add Smart Camerasp. 298
Use a Personal GPS Trackerp. 299
Employ a Personal Safety Devicep. 300
Embracing In-Home Carep. 303
14 Adding More Functionality with IFTTTp. 305
Understanding IFTTTp. 306
How Does IFTTT Work?p. 306
Why Would You Want to Use IFTTT?p. 307
What Does IFTTT Work With?p. 308
Using IFTTT Appletsp. 308
Link a Device or Service to IFTTTp. 309
Find and Activate an Appletp. 311
Manage Your Appletsp. 313
Creating Your Own Appletsp. 313
Understanding the Parts of an Appletp. 313
Create a New Appletp. 314
15 Evaluating Privacy and Security Concernsp. 319
Privacy Concernsp. 320
What Do They Really Know About You?p. 320
How Much Privacy Do You Need?p. 322
Security Issuesp. 323
Spyware and Botnetsp. 323
Seizing Controlp. 325
What Can You Do?p. 326
Making Your Smart Home Saferp. 327
Is it Safe Enough?p. 328
16 What's Next? (Online Only)
Glossaryp. 331
Indexp. 335

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