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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.

June 30, 2014 06:30 AM ET

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 $199 (pre-order) 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 $239 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

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