Are phones and tablets the only way to control smart home functions?


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No, they are not. While smart home solutions are often linked to smartphones and other modern devices, there are ways to add smart features to a home that don’t require a phone or an internet connection.

As this website shows, most smart home applications come down to adding building management systems (BMS) to a regular household, which is something that had existed in the commercial sector long before smartphones came around. And there are many sorts of BMS controls out there, so if you don’t want to rely on a phone, you can try using a remote, bottoms around the house, and more.

Depending on what you’re trying to do, it may also be possible to use TVs and other screens around the house as interfaces. With computers getting smaller and smaller, you can just get a small computer box and plug that into a TV to control smart home features.

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