Internet of Things

The Internet of Things at home: 14 smart products compared

What can Internet of Things products bring to your home? Here are the features offered by 14 of the major vendors.

The Internet of Things may be coming to the office -- but it's already in the home. These 14 products let you monitor and control everything from the thermostat on your wall to the crockpot on the kitchen counter -- right from your smartphone.

Not all systems work together, however, so we've assembled the following tables -- which also lay out some of the main features offered by these products -- to help you make sure the devices you're considering are compatible with those you already own.

Note: These feature tables accompany our story The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention and our slideshow The Internet of Things at home: 14 smart products that could change your life, which offers descriptions and photos of the devices and services listed here.

14 IoT products: Features and functionality

Functionality Brands supported Protocols supported Mobile apps supported Web-based control console Voice control Alerts Touch screen in base unit Starting price Monthly fee Now shipping?
Belkin WeMo Smart home automation WeMo, Mr. Coffee, Crock-Pot, Holmes, Sunbeam Wi-Fi, Zigbee Android, iOS No No In-app push notifications No $40-$130 No Yes
Canary Smart home security Canary Wi-Fi Android, iOS Yes No Email, SMS No $249 N/A Summer 2014
Connected by TCP Home lighting automation TCP 6LoPAN Android, iOS 3G/4G No No No $85 No Yes
Energy Aware Technology Neurio Wi-Fi sensors to monitor electricity use None specified IP, Wi-Fi or Zigbee Android, iOS Yes No Email, SMS No $249 ($224 pre-order) No December 2014
Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart home security ConnectSense Wi-Fi None Yes No Voice, email, SMS, tweet No $149-$179 No Yes
Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services Smart home security and automation Kwikset, Yale, Leviton, Somfy, Honeywell Z-Wave, Honeywell 5800 Android, iOS Yes No Email, SMS Yes Desktop panel $300; wall-mount panel $550; camera $100 $40-$70 Yes
Icontrol Networks Piper Smart home security and automation hub Z-Wave-compatible device Z-Wave, Wi-Fi Android, iOS No No Voice, email, SMS No $199 No Yes
Interactive Voice ivee Sleek Voice-activated device monitoring and control Nest, Staples Connect IP, Wi-Fi None Yes Yes No Yes $199 No Yes
Lowe's Iris Smart home monitoring and control Blue Line, First Alert, GE, Kiwkset, Schlage, Sylvania, Utilitech, Verizon., Whirlpool Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave Android, iOS Yes Yes Voice, email, SMS Yes $179 Free basic; $10/mo. premium Yes
Revolv Smart home monitoring and control Belkin WeMo, GE, Honeywell, Insteon, Leviton, Nest, Philips, Quikset, Schlage, Somfy, Sonos, Trane, Yale, others Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave iOS No No No Yes $299 No Yes
Securifi Almond+ Wireless router/smart home monitoring and control 2Gig Technologies, Nietzsche Enterprise, Osram/Sylvania, Securifi, SmartThings, Yale, others IP, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave Android, iOS Yes No In-app push notifications Yes Not available No 2Q 2014
Sen.se Mother Hub/sensors for monitoring and control Sen.se Proprietary Android, iOS Yes No Voice, email, SMS, in-app push notifications, sounds / lights on hub No $299 No Summer 2014
SmartThings Smart home automation Belkin WeMo, Honeywell, Philips Hue, Schlage, Sonos, Trane Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave Android, iOS No No In-app push notifications No Hub $99; sensor kit $199 No Yes
Staples Connected Home Smart home automation Aeotec, Honeywell, IVEE, GE, Aspire, Vizia, Amertac, Lutron, Philips, Yale, Eco-link, Doorbot, First Alert Clear Connect, IP, Zigbee, Z-Wave Android, iOS Yes No In-app push notifications No Hub $100; starter kit $140 No Yes

See:  Features and functionality   |  Home device compatibility   |  Security device compatibility

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