Varying Popular IoT Devices and their Specifications

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Varying Popular IoT Devices and their Specifications

The Internet of Things is revolutionizing every curve of life: the industry, the city streets, the office, the home, and beyond. IoT devices give us a physical connection to the environments and systems that shape our daily lives.

At home, IoT products give us superior control over our entertainment, home security, lighting, and appliances. These products plug into our daily routines and make them simpler and more efficient. Finding your keys, turning lights on and off, unlocking your door — these and other tasks can be automated with intelligent software.

Smart home automation anticipates your needs, understands your inclinations and interactively responds to your behavior. A brilliant home lets you spend less time micromanaging and more time living in it.

If you’re a homeowner looking for the best IoT devices to start building your connected life, this is the place to begin.  We’ve collected the most popular options IoT for consumer convenience at home.

We’ve also detailed their technical specifications so you can review which devices will integrate with your existing smart home platform and work with your iOS or Android phone.

Home IoT Devices and Specifications   

1. Amazon Echo 

Smart Speaker

Amazon changed the world by introducing their first smart speaker in 2014. Back then, the Echo was a novelty item. An audio speaker made interactive. Eventually, it became available thanks to Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant accessible through the speaker.

Since then, the company continues to build out Alexa’s resource of skills and integrations with third-party apps and smart gadgets. The world has caught up too, thrusting Echo into a progressively competitive market of notable rivals like Sonos, Google, and, soon, Apple.

Amazon Echo has the following traits:

  • Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video

Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)

  • Manufacturer: Amazon
  • Brand: Amazon
  • Product Line: Amazon
  • Model: Echo
  • Type: smart speaker
  • Packaged Quantity: 1
  • Integrated Components: 7 microphones array
  • Amplification Type: active
  • Crossover Channel Qty: 2-way
  • Output Features: 360° omnidirectional, Bass Reflex
  • Audio Amplifier: integrated
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Controls: action, microphone on
  • Power Source: AC power adapter
  • Connectivity Interfaces: Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Internet Streaming Services: Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio
  • Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video  

Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)

  • Speaker Type: speaker
  • Speaker Channel Type: Mono
  • Amplification Type: active
  • Speaker Type: smart speaker
  • Driver Type: tweeter driver, woofer driver
  • Qty: 1
  • Driver Diameter: 2 m, 2.5 m
  • Diameter (metric): 51 mm, 64 mm
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Compatible: Yes
  • Platform: Belkin WeMo, SmartThing, SmartThings, TP-Link, Wink,  

ecobee, Hue, hive, tado, Insteon, Lutron, Nest

  • Communications Type: cloud
  • Communications Technology: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • Intelligent Assistant Compatible: Alexa
  • Voice Controlled: direct
  • Type: limited warranty
  • Full Contract Period: 1 year
  • Manufacturer: Amazon
2. Google Home Max

Smart Speaker

The Google Home Max is not the first smart speaker to promise superior audio quality, but it does sound better than any of its competition. And for its hefty price ($199), you can expect nothing less.

Like the cheaper Google Home ($129) or Home Mini ($49), the Max integrates Google Assistant, their voice-operated digital concierge to rival Alexa. Just say “OK Google” out loud, and Max will listen, even when background music is playing.

Still, if you want to play music, or you think the Amazon Echo ($80 at sounds “fine,” the Max isn’t for you. If you demand bigger, better sound, then the Google Home Max is for you.

  • Brand: Google
  • Manufacturer: Google
  • Model: Home Max
  • Packaged Quantity: 1
  • Integrated Components: Chromecast, ambient light sensor, microphone, orientation sensor
  • Hands-Free Function: Yes
  • Amplification Type: active
  • Crossover Channel Qty: 2-way
  • Audio Amplifier: integrated
  • Connectivity Technology: wired, wireless
  • Controls: play/pause, volume
  • Audio Formats: FLAC, Vorbis, WAV, HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, OPUS
  • Type: smart speaker
  • Nominal Voltage: AC 100 – 240V
  • Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz
  • Cord Length: 6.6 ft
  • Power Source: AC power adapter
  • Connectivity Interfaces: Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Internet Streaming Services: Chromecast, YouTube MUSIC, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn
  • Speaker Type: smart speaker
  • Driver Type: tweeter driver, woofer driver
  • Qty: 2
  • Driver Diameter: 0.7 m, 4.5 m
  • Diameter (metric): 114 mm, 18 mm
  • Type: USB, audio line-in
  • Connector Type: 24 pin Micro-USB-C, mini-phone 3.5 mm
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Compatible: Yes
  • Platform: Belkin WeMo, Nest, SmartThings
  • Communications Type: cloud
  • Communications Technology: WiFi
  • Intelligent Assistant Compatible: Google Assistant
  • Voice Controlled: direct
3. Nest Hello

Smart Doorbell and Home Security

Nest Hello is an HD live streaming video camera and buzzer like any other smart doorbell. You can monitor its video feed from computer or phone, and receive alerts and emails when the camera detects a person at the door.

There are other features too, like scheduling when the camera is on and off, geofencing, and the recently added facial recognition. By encoding pictures of your friends and family in the Nest Face ID database, your doorbell can tell you who exactly is at your door.

Nest also offers a comprehensive roster of home security and automation products which work together seamlessly. Also, compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, you can command them to pull up your Hello doorbell live feed on any of your screens. 

  • Brand: Nest
  • Product Line: Nest
  • Model: Hello
  • Packaged Quantity: 1
  • Compliant Standards: IP65, REACH, RoHS
  • Features: built-in microphone, built-in speaker, weatherproof
  • Functions: camera
  • Manufacturer: Nest
  • Width: 1.7 in
  • Depth: 1 in
  • Height: 4.6 in
  • Weight: 4.29 oz
  • Color Category: black
  • Included Accessories: 15° wedge, masonry drill bit, chime connector, mounting kit, wall plate, window decal, release tool
  • Encryption Algorithm: 128-bit AES, SSL, TLS
  • Day & Night Functionality: Yes
  • Digital Zoom: 8 x
  • Audio Support: Yes
  • Max Digital Video Resolution: 1600 x 1200
  • Features: 160° field of view, 2-way voice communication, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Sensor Size: 1/3″
  • Sensor Size (metric): 8.5 mm (1/3″)
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Data Link Protocol: Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b,
IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Wireless Protocol: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 802.15.4, Bluetooth
  • Frequency Band: 2.4 Ghz, 5 GHz
  • Type: 2 years warranty
4. Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

Smart Lighting

There’s a lot to like about Philips Hue LED lighting system. It works with just about every platform, it’s sophisticated, and it’s easy to use_- if you’re willing to pay for it.  A Philips Hue three color-changing bulb starter kit costs $180 — a steep point of entry for connected lighting.

Fortunately, the color-changing kit isn’t your only option. For $70, Philips also sells a starter kit with those bright white smart bulbs. They won’t change colors, but you can still automate them to turn on and off or dim up and down.  

Philips keeps their bulb up to date with the latest IoT platforms, so the bulbs are compatible with all third-party services like Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, and Nest.  All of the former listed makes the Philips Hue White LED ecosystem a go-to for anyone who’s serious about connected lighting.

  • Brand: Philips
  • Product Line: Philips Hue White
  • Model: Starter Kit
  • Packaged Quantity: 1
  • Packaged Quantity: 1
  • Product Type: wireless lighting set
  • Dimmer: Yes
  • Installed Light Bulbs Qty: 2
  • Supported Light Bulbs Qty: 50
  • Features: Android compatible, iOS compatible
  • Total Wattage: 19 W
  • Manufacturer: Philips
  • Light Bulb Type: LED light bulb
  • Shape: A19
  • Socket Type: E26
  • Wattage: 9.5
  • Color of Illumination: warm white light
  • Temperature: 2700 K
  • Color Rendering Index: 80
  • Luminous Power: 800
  • Beam Angle: 180 degrees
  • Lifetime: 25000
  • Features: instant on, upgradable firmware
  • Color: white
  • Color Category: white
  • Included Accessories: network cable, power adapter, wireless bridge
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Min Operating Temperature: 14 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature: 113 °F
5. iHome Outdoor SmartPlug

Smart Plug

A smart plug is one of those inventions that allows you to turn on or shut down any appliance remotely through your phone. Directly plug it into any wall socket, and then connect your chosen machine into it. You can use it with any appliance or device you want.

With the surplus of connected outlets and switches offered for inside the home, outdoor options are pretty limited. iHome’s Outdoor Smart Plug is here to resolve that. At $40, it’s a cheaper alternative to the $70 iDevices Outdoor Switch.

If you don’t need two outdoor smart outlets, then consider iHome’s model. It’s an affordable, reliable, plug that doesn’t sacrifice on quality.

  • Brand: iHome
  • Product Line: iHome SmartPlug
  • Model: iSP100
  • Packaged Quantity: 1
  • Features: outdoor usage, up to 1800 Watt
  • Functions: turn power on/off
  • Manufacturer: SDI Technologies Inc.
  • Type: 1-year warranty
  • Width: 1.8 in
  • Depth: 1.8 in
  • Height: 6.3 in
  • Connectivity Technology: wireless
  • Wireless Protocol: Wi-Fi
6. Beddi Alarm Clock

Smart Alarm Clock

A product from a young start-up company, Beddi is the Swiss Knife of alarm clocks. Apart from telling time and waking you up in the morning, Beddi can toggle your home lighting, play Spotify, hail an Uber and work with both Apple HomeKit and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

This clock also has two USB ports for charging your devices, also a built-in wake-up light, with weather forecast and the ability to track your morning commute.

  • Manufacturer: Witti
  • Brand: WITTI
  • Product Line: WITTI
  • Model: Beddi
  • Packaged Quantity: 1
  • Dimensions: H105 x W222 X D57 mm
  • Weight: 573g
  • USB Port: 2A x 1, 1A x 1
  • Charging Input: Micro USB
  • Bluetooth: v4.0 BLE
  • Application: iPhone 5 or above, iOS 8 or above, Android 4.3 or above
  • Type: 1-year warranty

Control every connected appliance within your home whether you are there or far away. Set your personal preferences and then sit back, relax and enjoy your home with utmost convenience and efficiency. A brilliant home lets you spend less time micromanaging it, giving you more time to enjoy life.

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