The "smart home" often evokes images of things that go inside a house – aen a . But increasingly we see new technology and products that can help outside your front door – and your back door as well. You can use some of these things all year round, like a or a ; while others are seasonal. And .
We put together all the latest technology for your yard, garage and beyond. Here is a look:
Smart gardening used to be focused on freestanding1; or directly in your garden – and wait for it to tell you when to water your plant. These small units were quite limited, especially for people interested in overseeing larger gardens. . Buy a or a keep it in a pot ̵
Indicate: connected irrigation system. From Rachio's latest smart sprinkler set up to CNET's own homemade drip irrigation system, which we use to grow salad, jalapeños and Carolina Reapers, these systems help you track a wider space remotely.
Outdoor cameras are not new, but the various options have increased a ton in recent years. Once limited to awe see and even .
We are most excited about the newthat operate over a mobile network, effectively monitoring garden pests outside the Wi-Fi area.
Expand your Wi-Fi area
A wireless access point, also called an extender, is a great way to get your Wi-Fi network off, if you don't want an LTE camera or simply want to get internet in the garden.
An outdoor extender, such ascan easily handle this. Read our in-depth look at how to cover your farm in Wi-Fi here.
LEDs and luminaires
We have covered indoor lighting to a great extent, but smart outdoor lighting is a relatively new space. Sure, you can control an outdoor light with an indoor wiredbut what about smart LEDs that fight the elements?
There is good news on that front – Philips is leading the management this year with a complete range of. We get a story later this week about the best options for outdoor lighting.
Garage door opener
Yes, a garage is not technically "outside", but it covers that space between your driveway and your home and for us it is where we store the lawn mower and the garden tools. Smart garage door openers allow you to open and close your garage doors from an app and some also let you use voice commands. They can also send reminders to your phone to notify you when you have left a door open. A complete summary of the latest garage door openings will be available at the end of the week.
You can track the weather in your area with a quick Google search anytime, but smart weather stations are more customized.tracks temperature, wind speed and rain and air pressure directly in your backyard. Whether you are a weather or want to monitor the latest forecast to determine when it is best to plant, water and harvest plants in your garden, products like this can be a smart investment.
It is just an overview of the categories that we are happy to cover in the spring, but there is so much more to come – including a. I update this page to include all outdoor technology related stories we cover this week, so check out this space.