Here is How to Make Google Home as Your Smart Home Devices Control Center
From locks to thermostats, our home gadgets are getting smarter and connected. You can control your smart home devices using Google Home.
What Are Smart, Connected Home Devices?
Many of today’s home devices operate beyond their physical components. They are now smarter and connected.
The physical aspect of a home device refers to the electrical and mechanical parts. In August smart lock, the batteries and deadbolt parts – the thumb-latch and turnpiece – are the physical components of this home gadget.
The smart aspect of a home device refers to the computer hardware and software components. Smart components include microprocessors, data storage and sensors. The hardware and software components of standard computers – desktops or laptops – greatly differ from the smart devices. For one, smart devices are smaller compared to standard computers.
A standard computer is meant to accomplish a number of tasks, including researching, calculating, recording and other tasks. A smart device, on the other hand, is typically meant to do a specific job. In the case of the August smart lock, its specific purpose is to keep the bad guys out and keep the good guys in.
The connectivity aspect of a home device refers to the ports, antennae and protocols enabling wired or wireless connections of the device.
Connectivity comes in three forms: one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many.
- One-to-One Connectivity
This refers to a device that connects to the user, the manufacturer or another product. An example of this type of connectivity is when the Nest camera indoor is connected to the user’s smartphone through the Nest app.
- One-to-Many Connectivity
This refers to a central system that’s connected nonstop to many products simultaneously. An example of this type of connectivity is that of Tesla cars connected to Tesla’s single system that monitors and conducts remote service and upgrades.
- Many-to-Many Connectivity
This refers to multiple products being connected to various other products. For this type of connectivity, Google Home plays a big role.
What is Google Home?
Google Home is a multi-purpose home device. At the heart of Google Home is Google Assistant – an artificial intelligence (AI) – that enables you to do myriad of tasks. The list of things that Google Home can do keeps getting longer. It plays music from the cloud based on your preferences. It contextually answers your questions. It manages your alarms and timers, your to-do lists and shopping lists. It can call any phone number for free in the US and Canada. Most importantly, it can connect and control other smart home devices.
You can do all of the above-mentioned tasks by simply activating Google Assistant through your voice or simply by saying “Ok Google”. This AI assistant is also multi-lingual. It can understand English, German, French, Brazilian, Portuguese and Japanese. Later this year Google will add Spanish, Italian and Korean. It can also support multiple users. No need to worry though as it can differentiate your voice from others in your home.
“With Google Home, you will be able to get hands-free help from your Assistant,” tech giant Google describes Google Home. “Turn up your party mix, get the morning news, manage your schedule and control your smart home without lifting a finger. Just start with ‘Ok Google’.”
You can connect the following smart devices to your Google Home:
1. Connect Chromecast-Connected TV or Speaker to Google Home
Chromecast, formerly Google Cast, is a small device that plugs into a speaker or TV, allowing you to stream audio or video from your phone, tablet or laptop right to your TV or speaker.
You can also connect Chromecast-connected TV or speaker to Google Home. For example, you can use your voice via Google Home to search YouTube videos on your Chromecast-connected TV. To do this, ensure that your Chromecast-connected TV and Google Home are on the same network. Open then your Google Home app and look for the “TVs and Speakers” tab under the “More settings” tab. From there, tap the plus symbol located at the bottom of the screen.
2. Connect August Smart Lock to Google Home
You can connect your August smart lock with Google Home. In order to connect these two devices, you need the August Connect – an accessory that plugs into any power outlet near your August smart lock and connects your smart lock to your home WiFi. You also need to download the Google Home app.
There are two ways to connect your August smart lock and Google Home.
For option 1, after setting up Google Home, launch the Google Home app. This message “Link to August” will appear in the “More Settings/Services” section of the Google Home app. Tap the “Link” and then login to your August account.
For option 2, after setting up your Google Home speaker, launch the Google Home app, then go to “More Settings”. From there, tap “Services” and then find August home. From this August home, if you’ve already said “Ok Google, talk to August” and still haven’t connected your August and Google accounts, you’ll see a “Link Account” option.
Once the August and Google are paired, you can then tell Google Home, “Ok Google, tell August to lock the front door” or “Ok Google, ask August to check the front door”.
3. Connect Nest Products to Google Home
The good thing about Nest products – Nest thermostat, Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, Nest camera indoor, Nest camera outdoor – is that these products are owned by Alphabet – the same company that owns Google. All Nest products can be integrated or connected with Google Home.
To connect Nest’s thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, indoor camera and outdoor camera with Google Home, follow these steps:
- Open the Google Home app.
- Tap Menu and then Home control in the top left corner of the Home screen.
- In the “Devices” tab, at the bottom right tap “Add”.
- Tap the device you want to connect to Google Home and then follow the steps.
- When the pairing of a particular smart device with Google Home is complete, tap “Done”.
There’s no limit to the number of smart devices you can link to Google Home. When you need help making your home smarter, give us a call and we will be happy to help.