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The Next Upgrade Smart Home Techtionary: Part 2

Jul 19, 2022 by

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by Karess Rubrico

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Learning more about the smart home ecosystem need not be daunting or complicated. In part 2 of our Smart Home Techtionary, we’ll learn about networks, long-distance control, and even device security. (Of course, you’ve also got PLDT Home’s Fiber Plus plans for that!)

Still navigating the smart home sphere? Here are some buzzwords and what they mean

We’ve broken down some of the smart tech jargon in Smart Home Techtionary: Part 1, but we’ve got more for you here. Check it out!

Remote access

Remote access simply means having the ability to control your smart devices from anywhere in the world.

Security system remote access

One way remote access comes into play is with your smart home security system. Say you forgot to lock your front door and set up your alarm on your way out. With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can check the status of your systems and remotely secure your home.

Remote access is also helpful if you have unexpected visitors. Your smart camera, especially if it’s equipped with two-way audio, can let you see who’s there and communicate with them through the designated smartphone app.

Thanks to remote access, you can also go home to a cozy and chill ambiance in your home. From your smartphone, you can set up your smart lights to “warm mode,” switch on the AC, and pre-set your chill playlist on your smart speakers to come home to an inviting and relaxing atmosphere–all thanks to the convenience of technology.

Protocol

A smart home protocol refers to the language that smart devices use to connect to and exchange data with each other. When a gadget is within the same protocol as another, they can also control each other’s functions.

Google Nest Hub

From Google Store Official Website

When different devices speak a different language, they may not be able to function as planned. That’s where a smart home hub comes in–it acts as a translator, receiving and understanding different protocols and translating it for other devices to understand. Some of the most popular protocols include WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth LE.

Bluetooth LE

The term “Bluetooth” has been around for quite some time, and it’s considered one of the safest ways to connect to other devices.

Bluetooth LE is the most updated version of the Bluetooth protocol, and “LE” stands for “low energy.” With a lower energy consumption, a device can run on a smaller battery for an extended period of time.

Young man sitting on sofa smart speaker

Bluetooth LE is typically present in smartwatches and smart fitness trackers. Since they typically do not exchange vast amounts of data with other devices, they are more sustainable and last longer.

MAC address

This term doesn’t necessarily pertain to Apple products. MAC stands for Media Access Control, and a MAC address simply serves as your device’s unique hardware identifier within a network. This set of numbers can be found on your gadget’s network interface controller (NIC) card. The NIC provides the interface where your device connects to the Internet. In other words, a MAC address identifies a physical device that’s connected to the network—and because it’s pre-assigned, it cannot be changed.

Broadband wireless cable modem router indicating WiFi connection

In contrast, an Internet Protocol (IP) address is assigned by your internet provider and is used to identify a device within the network. It is an address from which your computer sends and receives data, and it makes different devices accessible for communication.

Because an IP address contains your personal information and online identity, you can be vulnerable to cyberattacks. One way that you can hide your IP address is by using a private network, more popularly known as a VPN.

VPN

VPN stands for “virtual private network.” A VPN creates a private network from an otherwise public Internet connection, encrypting your Internet traffic and disguising your online identity. What’s more, VPNs provide greater privacy than secure WiFi hotspots.

A VPN is best used when you’re connecting via WiFi from a public place such as a coffee shop, co-working space, and other venues that offer free WiFi.

Add more to your knowledge

That wraps up Part 2 of our Smart Home Techtionary! We hope these terms help you be more aware of what’s going on in the smart home and IoT ecosystem.

Click or tap here if you’ve missed Part 1, and read on to access Part 3.

 

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Karess Rubrico

Karess serves as the lead writer for Next Upgrade’s Productivity and Steals & Deals sections. She is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Outside of work, she takes care of 20+ houseplants and binges on comedies, musicals, and true crime documentaries.

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