Consumer Reports disappointed by the state of the smart home

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Consumer Reports is less than impressed with most connected home and smart appliances including the market's current poster child, the Nest learning thermostat.

Consumer Reports put a host of connected home products through their paces to find out which ones are easy to use and reliable, which ones need improving and which ones should be avoided altogether.

And the results will make depressing reading for anyone involved in the smart home market.

First and foremost, the publication is concerned about the added vulnerability of connecting devices such as door locks and lights to a home's Wi-Fi network. A good hacker or a bad password is potentially all it would take to gain entry to a connected home.

The in-depth report, which also thoroughly reviews and rates a number of individual products on sale, is critical of the Nest thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke alarm because according to existing users they are still "buggy" and problematic.

One of the few products it does recommend is the Connected by TCP light system, which for $50 US will allow users to remotely control and manage the lighting in their home.

The conclusion appears to be that the market and the products on offer are still both in a very immature stage and therefore it's too early for the majority of consumer to take a gamble on a smart or connected home device.


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