The holidays are officially upon us, so it’s time to start making your holiday shopping lists. And, perhaps there’s no better gift than a gadget for the smart home. These devices can make homes smarter, more efficient, and more entertaining.
Whether your friends or family members have already embraced the connected home, or are just starting to get “smart”, these are some of the coolest holiday gadgets to look out for.
AC1900 Wi-Fi Router
For anyone looking to add more smart devices around the home, or simply to speed up their Wi-Fi, the AC1900 Wi-Fi Router is an essential device. It delivers fast wireless speeds, strong coverage, and a reliable connection for a multitude of devices. High-gain antennas also provide exceptional coverage, helping to eliminate dead zones. So, keep adding those smart devices and keep everything connected and streaming effortlessly.
SONOS PLAY:1 Smart Wireless Speaker
Is there a music lover on your holiday shopping list? Then you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at the SONOS Play: 1. It may be small, but it features one tweeter and one mid-woofer to fill any room with great quality sound. And with the SONOS app, it lets music lovers access music from their favorite streaming services, all from one place. It’s also wireless, so the Play: 1 can be placed just about anywhere.
Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera
Smart home gadgets are many things. They provide entertainment, comfort, and even energy cost savings. The Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-2530L) is a smart device that also provides peace of mind. It features the widest viewing angle on any fixed camera, which means you never have to worry about what you may be missing right off camera. Crisp 1080p HD video quality lends a clear view of any room. And, because it’s ultra-compact at just over 4-inches tall, it can be placed anywhere in the home.
Neato Robotics Botvac D85 Robot Vacuum
Robotic vacuum cleaners have come a long way. The latest crop is especially useful for anyone who hates vacuum cleaning. The Botvac D85 is one of the most impressive options available thanks to its compact size, precision brushes, and a unique design that gets the dirt that hides in corners and along walls. For anyone that works long hours, spends a lot of time away from home, or simply likes to keep a tidy home at all times.
Wi-Fi Water Sensor
Leaks can occur at the most inopportune times. They can also be costly to repair, especially if they’re left unchecked. But our Wi-Fi Water Sensor is a simple way to stop a leak before it turns into a disaster. When mounted by sinks, water heaters, washing machines, or anywhere that a leak might occur, it can send you push notifications if it detects a leak. It’s even compatible with IFTTT for an added layer of integration.
Smarter iKettle 2.0 Wifi Kettle
If there’s a tea-drinking techie on your list, here’s a gadget that’s sure to excite them. The Smarter iKettle 2.0 Wifi Kettle is completely controllable from a smartphone, giving users the ability to remotely boil water from anywhere in the home. A built-in sensor also gives users the ability to see just how much water is in the kettle via the companion app. It’s programmable too, so that boiling hot pot can be ready first thing in the morning.
No discussion of smart home gadgets would be complete without mentioning the Amazon Echo. It’s basically a digital butler for your home, providing you with news and entertainment, as well as helping with basic tasks. Amazon’s AI – Alexa – is also compatible with a slew of other smart home products, such as D-Link’s own Wi-Fi Smart Plugs. That kind of integration provides hand-free voice control of many other gadgets throughout your home.
Drop Kitchen Scale
For home chefs or for those who take their nutrition seriously, a scale can be a very useful gadget to have on hand. However, this particular scale can do much more weighing. Sure you can scale by ingredient, accurately weighting items for perfect results. But it will also help you find the ideal recipe. With its app, chefs can receive inspiration as well as interactive, step-by-step help on creating the perfect culinary masterpiece. And because it connects via Bluetooth, it’s wireless and doesn’t take up much energy.
This may be one of the most affordable gadgets on our list, but don’t underestimate its value. Google’s Chromecast is a flexible TV streaming stick that plugs into any TV’s HDMI port. It’s fast, reliable, and works with your Wi-Fi network to provide endless entertainment. The newest variant, Chromecast Ultra, even streams up to 4K Ultra HD and HDR picture quality.
Wi-Fi Smart Plugs
A Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a great gift for just about anyone on your list. It lets users control devices from anywhere. Instantly turn devices on or off from a smartphone or tablet, or create schedules for devices to work at specific times. Both the DSP-W110 and DSP-W215 are easy to setup, so they can be connected in minutes. And because they’re compatible with Amazon Echo, it’s even possible to turn your mydlink Smart Plugs on or off with the sound of your voice. IFTTT is also supported to give users even more ways to customize their smart home.