Google’s next generation smart home speakers has arrived with the Nest Audio. The completely redesigned hardware is a full-sized speaker with all around better sound performance. It also marks the unofficial replacement of the Google Home, but carries forward and improves upon its functionality.
You can check out Erin Lawrence’s full review of the hardware and how its improved audio performs. We’ll be looking at how to control your smart home with Nest Audio and link smart devices. Google has a lengthy compatible hardware list and with their set up assist via the Google Home App setup is quick and easy. After following the setup steps below, Nest Audio will automatically recognize most devices on your home network.
Download Google Home
The first step setting up the Nest Audio is to make sure you have the Google Home App downloaded to your iOS or Android device. The app is required to set everything up from streaming audio to smart home management. Log into the app with your Gmail account and you’ll be ready to get started. It might sound complicated to get up and running, but the app really takes a lot of guesswork out of the process and is very intuitive.
Unboxing and setup
Straight out of the box there isn’t much to setup, it’s simply a matter of picking a spot for the Nest Audio and using the included power cord to plug in and get started.
Once the unit is powered on, a start-up chime will signal the device is ready for configuration.
Ensure your wi-fi and Bluetooth are enabled on your Android or iOS device. Next, use the Google Home app to add the Nest Audio. Open the app and press the “+” symbol and on the next screen select, “+ Set up device” and then “Set up new devices in your home” after this step the app should automatically find your Nest Audio.
Next you’ll go through various set up prompts and need to respond to audio queues to ensure the device is working. Add a location for the device from the menu, or a custom location by adding your own name (this option is at the bottom of the menu). I have been using my Nest Audio in my kitchen, so I’ve added that nickname.
Once the speaker’s initial setup is complete, you’ll be ready to start adding smart devices on your home network.
Adding smart home devices
Once your Nest Audio is connected to your home network and initial setup is complete, you’ll be ready to start adding devices. There are two ways to add compatible smart devices, the first is automatic shortcuts and the second is manually adding them. Once the Nest Audio is on your home network it will auto detect smart devices that it can work with. These will all appear across the top of your screen, if you have multiple devices you can swipe left to see all the options.
Manually adding smart devices
If you don’t see the device in the shortcuts you can manually add it. To do this, navigate from the home screen and select the little cog, to enter the Settings. Next, scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and select “Works with Google.” You’ll be presented with a list of hundreds of options for compatible devices. From here select the device you are looking to add, input your login for that particular device and it will be linked to your Nest Audio.
Next you can name the device and assign it to a room to keep things organized and easy to reference in future.
Control smart tech with your voice
I added my Philips Hue kitchen set of lights and now I able to turn the lights on and off with a simple voice command. I was also able to add my Ecobee thermostat to turn the temperature up or down with a simple command, “Hey Google, turn the temperature up.”
Once you have completed the initial setup of the Nest Audio, adding smart devices is fast and easy. They also all follow the steps above in order to add them to your smart speaker – search, select, login and add to your home environment.
The centre of your smart home
Along with compatibility with hundreds of devices the Nest Audio acts as a smart assistant.
If you are unfamiliar with this concept a smart digital assistant can help with voice-based searches, cast media, deliver news and more. It even has its own sense of humor, ask “Hey Google, tell me a joke!” for some fun.
In addition to smart home control you also get a lot of hands-free help from Google Assistant. It can also act as a translator, set alarms, do math and conversions (which is especially helpful in the kitchen!)
Ready for your command
Following the steps above Nest Audio should now be connected to your smart home devices. The added convenience of voice commands really helps to bring your smart home tech inline in one small but powerful package.
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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?
Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.
Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.
– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved
– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.
– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App
– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems
– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together
– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)
– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app
– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too
– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button
– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day
– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats
– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home
– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes
– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers
For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.
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