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connected home device

An appliance that is connected via the home network to the Internet. Examples are surveillance cameras, thermostats, door locks, washing machines, refrigerators, as well as stand-alone virtual assistants such as Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home. See smart home.

smart home

A highly automated home. Also called the "connected home," the dwelling is networked not only for computers and entertainment but also for security, heating, cooling, lighting, as well as control of appliances, including robotic vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers. A smart home might have Ethernet outlets wired into every room or may rely partially or entirely on Wi-Fi and other wireless communications such as Bluetooth, ZigBee and Z-Wave. See home control network, domotics and wireless router.

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