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Paul’s Tech Makeover: Baby Steps to a Smarter Home (Premium)

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Anyone interested in smart home technologies will immediately run into a long list of issues: Cost, the complexity of dealing with multiple ways of doing the same thing, and the difficulty of retrofitting a traditional home with cloud-connected, smartphone- or voice-controlled devices. It's hard to know where to start. And how deep you should dive in.

And then there are the people who have to deal with this unfamiliar technology. About a year ago, when we were plotting our move to Pennsylvania, I convinced my wife that part of the home renovation we'd be doing should include some level of smart home integration. But she was worried about the costs and complexity, understandably. So I told her we'd try to be, ahem, smart about it. Move in measured steps.

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