Get Started with HomeKit

Perhaps I’ve enticed you into considering home automation with Apple’s HomeKit, but where to begin? Before you start shopping for devices, familiarize yourself with what HomeKit is, what it does, and how HomeKit devices are arranged.

Understand What HomeKit Is

HomeKit is many things, but for the sake of simplicity, it’s a smart home platform. Think of it as an operating system like iOS for your iPhone or macOS for your Mac, but designed to manage your home automation gizmos.

It’s far from the only home automation platform; others include Amazon Alexa, Belkin Wemo, Google Home, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, and X10. Like most modern home automation platforms, HomeKit aims to integrate devices from several manufacturers, ...

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