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Nest Update Will Make Google’s Smart Home Work With Matter

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Matter will unify all your Google Nest devices and compatible accessories under one roof.

Google is going all in with Matter, the new smart home standard the company has backed alongside Amazon, Apple, and other gadget makers, starting with its Nest devices.

Nest devices that already have Google’s Thread technology built in, including Nest Wifi, Nest Hub Max and the second-gen Nest Hub, will act as Matter connection points, similar to a mesh network. Other Google Nest devices, including older Nest displays and speakers, will be automatically updated to control Matter devices. And the new Nest Thermostat will receive an update to become compatible with the Matter protocol.

Android will also have built-in support for Matter so that you can quickly set up devices and link up any compatible Android apps. You can then control Matter devices through other Matter-enabled Android apps, as well as with the Google Assistant, the Google Home app, other compatible Google devices, and even the Android Power Control menu, which surfaces with a long-press of the power button on devices with Android 11 and up.

Matter is a new smart home standard born out of Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP). Google, Apple, Amazon, and other smart home players have committed to supporting the standard. Matter uses a combination of Ethernet, wifi, Thread, and Bluetooth LE to connect. It makes it easier for gadgets to identify themselves to one another, so you don’t have to rely on third-party software to do the deed. Compatible devices launching later this year will eventually be branded with the new Matter symbol to make it easier to identify what works together in your home.

Look for this symbol on devices coming out later this year to know which gadgets are compatible with Matter.
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Google has a few other smart home updates timed to its Google I/O developers conference. Google’s smart displays now have support for WebRTC, an open-source communications protocol that allows you to make video calls without the need for onboard plugins. The company partnered with manufacturers like Logitech, Arlo, and Wyze to integrate the video standard into their retrospective video-streaming security devices.

Routines are also getting a bit of a bump. Google plans to improve its Home & Away Routines so that it can automatically control Nest cameras, thermostats, and other devices whether you’re home or away. This sort of routine already happens if you have Nest security cameras and a thermostat in the house, though you’d have to have a third-party app to help command other smart devices not connected through Nest.

Finally, if you’re wondering which connected devices to bring home, Google has a new directory to make it easier for you to find what’s compatible with the Assistant. It’s essentially a portal to every Google Assistant-compatible device available, plus there are educational videos to help you set things up.

Before Google I/O 2021 kicked off, we were hoping to see new Nest security devices, and it doesn’t seem we’re getting any of that this week. But there’s still plenty of time left in the year to announce new hardware.

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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?

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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

Best for:

– 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

Best for:

– 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

Best for:

– 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

Best for:

– 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

Best for:

– 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

Best for:

– 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

Best for:

– 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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