Learn How to Make Your Home Smart with Take Control of Apple Home Automation

Tc automation“Smart home” devices are everywhere these days–you can buy internet-connected light bulbs, thermostats, door locks, sensors, and dozens of other products. But these devices aren’t very smart on their own. Apple’s HomeKit platform offers a way to integrate, monitor, control, and automate smart home devices from a wide variety of manufacturers. Using the built-in Home app on an iOS device (perhaps along with third-party apps), you can connect to your various smart devices, see what they’re up to, control them, and even get them to operate on a schedule or respond to changing conditions in your home automatically.

Even with HomeKit, however, home automation can be a daunting prospect. That’s why TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers wrote Take Control of Apple Home Automation. The book walks you carefully through every step of the process, showing you how you can start with a basic system that costs less than $50 and work your way up to as much complexity as you want or need. And you don’t have to be a computer geek to simplify and improve your life with HomeKit-compatible products. Even if you don’t know a wire nut from a macadamia or which end of a screwdriver to stick in a socket (spoiler: neither!), Josh’s thorough advice will enable you to work wonders in your home.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • The most common home automation myths (and why you shouldn’t worry about them)
  • How to choose HomeKit-compatible devices that meet your needs, and which products you might want to avoid
  • Exactly what HomeKit is, what it does, how it works, and what its limitations are
  • Why you need a hub (in the form of an Apple TV, HomePod, or iPad) and how to set it up
  • Important safety rules for working with electrical products, especially those that require wiring
  • How to install advanced accessories such as a smart switch, thermostat, or door/window sensor–including illustrated, step-by-step instructions
  • What Apple’s Home app for iOS does–and how to configure homes, zones, rooms, accessories, services, and scenes
  • Tips for controlling your smart home using an iOS device, Apple Watch, or Siri
  • Ways to automate your smart home using schedules, sensors, geofencing, and other tools (without making your house seem haunted)

Get Take Control of Apple Home Automation.

2 thoughts on “Learn How to Make Your Home Smart with Take Control of Apple Home Automation

  1. This looks good. Hope it’s available on iBooks or Kindle soon. I like the promise of home automation, but will admit to some scepticism regarding security. Not home security but data security. It’s not clear to me how easily a hacker could get into my home network via, say, a smart light bulb. Then once in, get at data on my Mac. And from my reading, no smart device maker talks to this topic. None explains how they protect the integrity of your home network. Seems like an opportunity for a manufacturer to set itself apart from its competition, but none do. So I’m left with the impression (perhaps wrongly) that no smart home products are safe. Hope the book talks to this point in detail.

  2. This looks good. Hope it’s available on iBooks or Kindle soon. I like the promise of home automation, but will admit to some scepticism regarding security. Not home security but data security. It’s not clear to me how easily a hacker could get into my home network via, say, a smart light bulb. Then once in, get at data on my Mac. And from my reading, no smart device maker talks to this topic. None explains how they protect the integrity of your home network. Seems like an opportunity for a manufacturer to set itself apart from its competition, but none do. So I’m left with the impression (perhaps wrongly) that no smart home products are safe. Hope the book talks to this point in detail.

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