How to Un-Setup Smart Home
A smart home is a concept where all of the devices in your house are interconnected and controlled by a central “smart” device. It can mean anything from a specific device like an Amazon Echo or Google Home to an entire system that controls security, climate control, lighting, and more. A smart home can help save energy, allow you to monitor your house remotely, and even diagnose problems before they happen.
What Does Un-Setup Mean?
Sometimes people have second thoughts about installing their smart home system. You might have started by buying a smart thermostat but then get rid of it after realising it was just a glorified programmable thermostat. Maybe you’ve bought a device but never actually installed it. At this point, you are on the line between un-setup and setup. It’s far easier to get back to the start than you think. The key is not to panic or call an exterminator if something goes wrong, as this can lead to unnecessary cost and frustration.
A smart home system can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. The easiest way to begin is with a single, smart hub that connects all of the different devices. It can be a smart switch, like the Philips Hue Bridge, or a central hub like the Samsung SmartThings hub. You will then need to decide what devices you want in your smart home setup. These can be as simple as a single light bulb or require a bigger investment with multiple smart lighting systems, cameras, thermostats, and even the ability to control a central system.
You will need to think about where your devices will be located in your home. Certain systems will require a line-of-sight between device and hub, which might mean you’ll need to place them in high traffic rooms like the living room or kitchen. It’s also essential to think about the power supply for some of your devices. Smart plugs with built-in batteries are great for hard-to-reach locations but won’t power something like a router or smart thermostat. A single, smart plug can cost anywhere from $15 to $50, so you may want to consider buying multiple cheaper plugs instead of one expensive one.
Now that you have decided what you want, how do you install it?
You can begin with just one device and work your way up to a complete system. For example, if you decide that you want a smart plug installed in your living room, start there first. You could add other devices around the home simultaneously, such as a portable battery backup for your camera or an alarm system that will require programming before installation. Or, you could wait to see how the smart plug works out before purchasing anything else. If you decide that it’s not what you thought it would be, you can un-setup your system at any point without wasting money.
How Do I Un-Setup My Smart Home?
There are three main ways to un-setup your smart home. These include:
- Removing hardware from the wall or removing tags from the devices themselves.
- Factory resetting your devices
- Disconnecting your smart home from the Internet and WiFi.
Removing hardware from the wall or removing tags from the devices themselves is often useful for temporary un-setup. Perhaps you need to unplug a device to move it to a different location, or maybe you want to quickly and easily return an item. You may have bought a smart camera but decided that it wouldn’t work in your home as it was too small or not easy enough to use. It’s now time to remove the camera and return it.
Factory resetting your device is the most permanent of the options but requires you to access a computer. You can go through the manufacturer’s website and find instructions on how to reset your device. It should wipe everything clean and restore it to how it was shipped from the factory. Many devices like this produce/yield code information to restoring a specific software version if needed in the future.
Disconnecting your smart home from the Internet and WiFi allows you to remove everything from your network at once. It is useful if you wish to sell or give away your smart devices or even stop certain devices from operating. Many smart home systems come with an app that can disconnect them, but a computer may be necessary for some devices like the Amazon Echo.
Un-setup is not a complicated process. It’s simply about removing the point of failure and restoring your system back to how it was when first purchased. You don’t have to take the whole system down if you don’t want, but un-setup is always better than a setup gone wrong.
A smart home is no joke when it comes to doing the un-setup. Many things need to be done, not the least of which is de-authorising all your accounts. That’s right; you have to log out and uninstall everything on every device you have connected to your smart home.
To do this, you have to go into each app and app store if they don’t automatically log out for you or give you the option to uninstall from there. Then you need to go through your smart home hub and uninstall it.
For some hubs, you can choose not to have it remember any of your specific devices so that when you log back in, you’re safe from any possible security vulnerabilities.
Once that’s done, you are pretty much good as gold when it comes to your smart home.
What Should I Do If Something Goes Wrong?
If you have followed the setup instructions carefully, the only reason you would need to un-setup your system is if something has gone wrong. Something may appear physically damaged or not operational, or perhaps you know that it’s working but is just not how you want it to be. No matter the problem, there are solutions available for just about every problem that could occur.
Although each brand is different, there are steps that you can take to make sure that you are not wasting your time and money. For example, unplugging a device for 30 seconds can reset it. Restarting your router may work in certain circumstances. You can also factory reset all of your devices if they no longer send out the correct information to each other.
In conclusion, smart home devices aren’t necessarily for everyone. It’s important to realise that it’s still a relatively new technology. It is best to start small, get used to how it works, and then expand as needed. There are solutions available for just about any problem you may encounter!
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Written by The Original PC Doctor on 2/5/2021.