Connecting a speakerphone or lock that connects to the internet can seem daunting, but you can hire a personal smart home installation services team, who can put some technology in place and make sure you can use it before they leave.
Most won’t handle a 9 p.m. call if the cable goes dead, but they can get a product online, set it up, and make sure a smart speaker, for example, is actually talking to the smart thermostat.
People can install any of these products themselves, some as easily as screwing in a light bulb. (Really.) But when you just don’t know where to start, or you’re looking at a C thread and thinking, “No, that’s not for me,” one of these five is a great place to start. .
Best Buy will install smart home products, even if you haven’t purchased them from their storeiStock
The Best Buy Geek Squad is well known for helping customers familiarize themselves with purchases made from the company. But the brand has extended that service to any smart home product, even if it wasn’t purchased through Best Buy.
The installation of some devices, like smart thermostats, can take a little time and some convenience with the electrical system. Others like smart assistants, however, are really pretty straightforward, involving little more than plugging a speaker or screen into an outlet, downloading an app to a smartphone, and connecting the two over Wi-Fi. A technology expert may not be necessary.
But if a full get-started is requested, buyers can select an installation service – even without purchasing a product – and purchase it through the website. Best Buy is installing a number of products, from smart thermostats to smart door locks, and will also make sure items are connected to Wi-Fi before they leave.
People can also sign up for voice assistant training, help install a smart speaker or connect to a wireless network, and the service will give lessons on how to control other products. connected. With a Smart Home Services subscription for $ 199.95 per year, customers pay just $ 49.99 for each installation. Note that further technical support is not included for smart devices, according to the company’s website.
Customers can also pay for a single installation – starting at $ 99.99 for each device – but keep in mind that this can be more than the cost of the product itself. Smart speakers, like the Echo Dot, can be purchased for as little as $ 29.99. So, before you decide to pay someone to hook up a speaker, you can also find some simple setup guides, such as How to Get Started with Amazon Alexa from GearBrain or How to Install a Second Amazon Echo.
You can have a technician install a product – and also connect it to your home Wi-Fi network before it leaves.iStock
Puls is a national smart home technology team that is accessible online but makes home visits. The company manages many technologies, from repairing garage doors to repairing a smartphone screen. But smart home setup is also available, and you pay per device, with prices dropping as you add more products to your setup.
There are membership levels that start at $ 79 per year all the way up to $ 499 per year, and all offer some sort of discount on the installation, on August Smart Lock devices, Philips Hue lights, outlet smart Wemo, the Honeywell thermostat and the whole Amazon. Echo, as well as Wink Hubs and Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub. (They don’t play favorites.)
The company makes it easy to book online and the service is available in hundreds of cities, with a team of more than 4,000 technicians, Puls explains. They don’t have an online listing, but entering a postcode will bring up the available services.
Smart home installers can configure devices ranging from smart thermostats to smart locksiStock
You can probably find help with almost any home need on Handy, let alone installing an outdoor Nest camera, but you can also ask someone to do it.
The company has a specific Smart Home section, where people can book directly from the site at any time, by connecting to Handy’s network of technicians. By testing the registration process, we were able to find appointments the next day.
Handy is definitely focusing on the smart home space. Handy co-founder and now Angi CEO Oisin Hanrahan (Angi and Handy are from the same company) spoke with GearBrain about smart devices and the need to support customers who are interested in these gadgets but don’t know exactly. how to get them. working in their home.
Handy does not offer a flat fee for installing a smart home, but you can get a quote before accepting a service, and you can look at other customers’ requests and see how many hours their specific installation is. took. Customers are billed by Handy, who takes care of handling payments to the technicians doing the work.
On its site, the company highlights the installations of smart locks, thermostats, hubs, video doorbells and smart security cameras. Wi-Fi routers are also covered, and there’s a separate link where you can describe the device if it’s not mentioned – smart shades or maybe an outdoor smart sprinkler system – to get a quote. on those as well.
Handy has partnerships with Nest and Google Home, operates in the US, Canada and UK, and every city where they have technology available is clearly listed on the website. (And yes, Kona, they’ve got you covered.)
HelloTech will not only set up an Amazon Echo, but link it to three other smart devices in your home
HelloTech works both onsite and online, which means you might be able to get the help you need even if someone isn’t coming to your home.
Customers can reach someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But home visits are only made between 9 am and 9 pm, every day of the week. The price is per installation, and the company only has service plans that start at $ 69 per year, which include phone and online support, with discounts on home visits, according to its site.
Some of the smart home installations that HelloTech support are Ring Doorbells, August Smart Locks, and Nest Thermostats for $ 99. Installing an Amazon Echo device costs $ 79, which includes connecting three additional smart home products to the smart speaker. HelloTech charges the same price for setting up a Google Home speaker and connecting it to your Wi-Fi network, but will not link additional products.
Again, keep in mind that you can buy a Google Home Mini for as little as $ 29, and GearBrain may be able to help you set them up on your own. You can check out GearBrain’s YouTube channel and the video on What You Need To Know About Google Assistant Devices, or read our in-depth guides on how to change Google Assistant’s voice, create routines, control lights, or even switch lights. phone calls.
Angi changed her name in March 2021 from Angie’s list, aboveiStock
Founded in 1995, Angi, formerly known as Angie’s List, existed long before anyone was really talking about building a smart home. That doesn’t mean the company doesn’t offer smart home support, connecting customers to professionals who can install smart devices for them.
You must have an idea of what kind of service you need when scrolling through Angi. It’s definitely the place to go for possum control or Feng Shui advice, but finding smart home tech takes a bit longer. We’ve found help installing Nest thermostats and Wi-Fi routers, but few others are dedicated to smart devices. That’s not to say that a commercial locksmith couldn’t install a Yale smart lock, but you have to ask.
Angi does not make an appointment and does not act as an intermediary. Instead, it’s honestly a list of service providers who can do a specific job. You can see how many reviews a specific company has received from Angi members, and you can request a quote directly through the site.
The site is available across the United States in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and once you’re a member (basic-level membership is free) you can find the services available in your area.
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