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Smart home devices are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. property owners. Yet deciding which smart house gadgets – if any – are right for you may prove to be difficult. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to determine if a smart home device is a must-have, such as:

1. Consider a Smart Home Device's Purpose

A smart home device that works well for one homeowner might fail to meet the needs of another property owner. If you assess a smart home device's purpose closely, you can determine if a particular gadget matches your expectations.

For example, if you are searching for a quick, easy way to keep your home's floors dirt- and debris-free, a smart robot vacuum may be ideal. This vacuum will take the guesswork out of cleaning your house's floors. Best of all, this device will allow you to speed up the process of vacuuming your house.

On the other hand, if you are on the lookout for energy-efficient lighting, smart light bulbs could provide viable investments. These light bulbs are simple to install throughout a house. Furthermore, smart light bulbs will continue to perform for an extended period of time.

2. Evaluate Your Finances

Your budget may dictate your smart home device investments. If you analyze your finances, you can establish smart home device priorities. Then, you can gradually integrate smart home devices into your residence.

It usually is a good idea to take a slow, steady approach to smart home device purchases. If you try to do too much at once, you risk spending beyond your means to acquire and install smart home devices across your residence.

3. Shop Around

There is no shortage of state-of-the-art smart home devices available at both online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Thus, if you conduct an in-depth search for smart house gadgets, you may find quality devices that won't force you to exceed your budget.

Of course, if you shop around for smart home devices, you can differentiate between average gadgets and best-in-class ones. You also can use online tools and resources to learn about different smart home devices and select gadgets that will perform consistently.

4. Keep Things Simple

Investing in smart home devices should be a fun, exciting experience – not a stressful one. If you feel overwhelmed as you search for smart home gadgets, take a step back and review your options. This may help you alleviate your worries and re-start your search for smart house gadgets with a fresh perspective.

Lastly, it sometimes helps to collaborate with family members and friends as you shop for smart home devices. Family members and friends can help you weigh the pros and cons associated with smart house gadgets. With the support of family members and friends, you could boost the likelihood of making an informed smart home device purchase.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you could pick up a wide range of smart home devices that will help you transform your ordinary house into a spectacular residence.


This Single-Family in Sturbridge, MA recently sold for $356,000. This Split Entry style home was sold by Karen King Group - RE/MAX Connections.


42 Cricket Dr, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$350,000
Price
$356,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Desirable area in the Tantasqua Union 61 School district. This unique multi-level home has room for everyone. Stunning living area with cathedral ceilings, skylights and a fireplace overlooks the quiet backyard space. An additional family room/den is right on the other side of the kitchen and dining room. Up the half flight of stairs are all the bedrooms. With a redone hallway bath and an enormous master suite this home is sure to win you over! APO Massave did new insulation 2017 and new water heater in 2018.

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This Single-Family in Monson, MA recently sold for $385,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Karen King Group - RE/MAX Connections.


Lot 12 Crow Hill Road, Monson, MA 01057

Single-Family

$389,000
Price
$385,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This brand new home is now complete and ready to view. If you like a spacious home with a totally open floor plan this one would be worth checking out. This home includes crown moldings and the unique interior custom design that are found in only our premier homes. Large and open family room with stacked stone fireplace. The tops in both baths and kitchen and island are all custom granite. We use only superior real oak flooring and porcelain and granite tile. Master bedroom features 2 walk-in closets and master bath has a custom tiled walk-in shower and a soaking tub. On demand instantaneous high efficiency wall-hung hot water system, Never run out of hot water and it costs less. Rose-Bud Builders has been building homes in Monson and the surrounding towns for over 25 years. Interior photos from a similar home. This lot has a nice flat and private back yard. Trees were only cleared back 70 feet but lot goes back much further. Plot plan attached.

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This Single-Family in Palmer, MA recently sold for $225,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Karen King Group - RE/MAX Connections.


18 Sasur St, Palmer, MA 01069

Three Rivers

Single-Family

$225,000
Price
$225,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Well built and like new inside and out describes this meticulously kept 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Ranch home. 2 Car detached garage with extra storage and located on a corner lot. Hardwood floors under carpets. Easy access to Belchertown, Wilbraham and Palmer. With rates at an all-time low, you will be happy for many years to come, knowing that you will have instant equity with this property!

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With more and more people abandoning cable television in favor of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go, having a reliable internet connection is more important than ever. However, as much as technology has improved in recent years, many people across the nation still have poor WiFi reception in their homes.

There are ways to improve your home WiFi reception that you may not be aware of. There are also many common mistakes that homeowners make in setting up their routers that might cause them connectivity and reception issues.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the reasons your home WiFi might not be performing as well as you’d like, and how to address those problems so you can stream and download at higher rates with better quality.

Testing your internet speed

Before we start diagnosing your internet problems, it’s a good idea to find out how your reception compares to others in your area. While there are a few good online resources to do this, one of the most respected tools is the free Speedtest by Ookla.

You can take this speed test on your laptop, desktop, cell phone, and any other decides that you connect to your router. You can also move your devices to different parts of the home to determine if your issue is a matter of reach.

If all of your devices perform poorly, try plugging your computer directly into your cable modem and taking the speed test. This will help you determine if your router is possibly malfunctioning.

Update firmware and devices

If you have an older router, it may need to be updated. To do this, you’ll need to login to your router’s administrator interface. Find out how to do this by visiting the router manufacturer’s website.

Once you’ve ensured that your device is updated, it’s a good idea to diagnose your devices. If you have one device that is performing worse than others, you may have to do software updates or maintenance to that device.

Change the placement of your router

Sometimes poor WiFi reception is simply a matter of the location of your router. Wireless routers should be elevated off of the ground and away from any large appliances that may interfere with reception.

Change your router channel

Just like radios, routers work on wireless frequencies or “channels.” This means that they can sometimes interfere with one another. If possible, switching your router to the 5GHz band can improve your connection and limit the amount of interference from other routers. Then, experiment with different channels to determine which one gives you the best reception.

Upgrade your hardware

If none of those quick fixes did the job, you might need to consider upgrading your wireless hardware. This includes purchasing a newer router, a range extender, or a mesh router system. Since newer homes tend to be larger, a mesh router system is a way to ensure coverage throughout your home via multiple access points.




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