Are you ready for a smarter home? I’ve partnered with CenturyLink to learn more about their super-fast, reliable high-speed internet, 1 Gig. 1 Gig service is the backbone of having a connected home. I had the opportunity to visit Assembly 118, one of their connected buildings, and learn about and play with some great smart home technology.
WHAT IS A CONNECTED HOME?
There is no question our society is driven by technology. It’s changing the way we live. With CenturyLink high speed internet you’re one step closer to having a connected home where you can control your home whether you’re on the couch, at the office or across the world. That’s pretty amazing isn’t it? I was just saying to someone the other day how my kids only know a connected world.
Using remote access, typically through apps on your phone or tablet, you communicate with your devices on your home network or viaBluetooth. This allows you to do a number of things depending on what connected home devices you have, whether it’s transferring files and watching digital media on Netflix our controlling appliances (like a slow cooker or vacuum).
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO MAKE MY HOUSE A CONNECTED HOME?
To get your home connected, you’ll need a superfast broadband connection like CenturyLink’s 1 Gig, a wifi modem and an smart assistant such as Alexa, Google Home or Siri.
In some cases, you might need a wifi extender. Wifi extenders are adapters that can be used to extend your wifi network into rooms (or even your backyard!) that otherwise have poor wifi reception.
Even before connected homes, security has been important. Make sure you are setting stronger passwords, changing your security questions, adding higher privacy settings and changing yourpasswords more frequently are some things you can do to make sure you and your family are safe when using the internet. Hint: pa55w0rd is not secure 🙂
The National Cyber Security Alliance has a wealth of resources available to learn more about cybersecurity.
12 GADGETS FOR YOUR CONNECTED HOME
With these great smart products, some of which you may already own, discover connected security, entertainment, gaming,virtual reality, fitness, pet care, and cooking using a phone, tablet, television or computers, all thanks to CenturyLinks 1 Gig Service.
In our connected home, we use Netflix, an XBOX One, Philips Hue lighting (trust me once you try these lights you’ll wonder where they have been all your life) and Alexa. Soon, we’re adding a Ring. It’s all about living smarter and more efficiently.
TPLINK smart wifi plugs allow you to turn electrical devices on and off from anywhere.
BLACK AND DECKER WIFI CROCKPOT cook delicious meals at home, from the office, or on the go. Control your cooking from anywhere.
NETFLIX no need for cable – with 1 gig connections, streaming content from any provider is fast and seemless! Watch what you want, when you want it.
XBOX ONE wireless gaming. Play purchased games or download new ones and play against competitors world-wide with this connected gaming console and wireless controllers.
PHILIPS HUE is a personal wireless lighting system that lets you easily control your light and create the right ambiance for every moment.
PELOTON BICYCLE gives you a cycling studio in the privacy of your home with 24-7 realtime instruction and world tours.
ROOMBA vacuuming robot gives you cleaner floors (carpet, vinyl and hardwood), everyday, from anywhere-all at the push of a button.
PETCUBE home pet cam lets you watch, talk, play and treat your pet from anywhere with your mobile device and a simple swipe.
ARLO WIRE-FREE HD SECURITY CAMERAS are the perfect solution for both outdoor and indoor security needs.
RING DOOR BELL watch over your home– see, hear and speak to visitors from anywhere with instant mobile two way talk and video.
WONDERTEK LABS a Seattle-based virtual reality content and consulting studio provides leading edge – and sometimes the bleeding edge – of the VR space.
AMAZON ECHO SHOW brings you everything you love about Alexa with live video connecting security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists- hands-free—just ask her.
WHAT IS CENTURY LINK 1GIG ALL ABOUT?
Century Link Gigabit internet is the next generation of broadband internet service. It’s fiber service is a direct line to your home, you don’t share your connection with your neighbors and there are no data limits! CenturyLink service is growing! It’s not just in Seattle but in Tacoma, Normandy Park, Lake Forest Park, Mercer Island, Bellingham, Port Angeles, Renton and Aberdeen.
GET YOUR CONNECTED HOME WITH CENTURY LINK
Your CenturyLink service is is priced for life. This means your rates stay the same as long as you have your plan. No bundling, no hidden fees or contracts! Pricing currently starts at just $45 per month!
CENTURYLINK OFFERS CTLOn!
Live in a CenturyLink connected building? CenturyLink offers instant service to residents at Assembly 118, and many other buildings throughout the Seattle area! Instant connection just by plugging in – no technician visit is needed. Plus, the rate remains the same for as long as you have your service, with no contract and month to month billing, currently starting at just $39.95 per month!