It is such an honor to host friends and relatives at our homes. We show them around town and make sure they feel at home. While it is exciting to have them stay for several days, we might feel embarrassed when our house feels so out-of-date. However, with smart home technology, our guests would be more comfortable and even want to stay longer.
Smart speakers are now readily available and flexible enough to install throughout a house. Some have a sleek design that fits modestly on nightstands. They also have a laminated card to instruct the media player to play music, check the weather, or set the alarm. Voice-enabled speakers look like traditional speaker grille but can power up multiple audio zones. For instance, a built-in amplifier can automatically amplify the alarm by playing music in a certain zone.
We should create separate guest Wi-Fi with a wireless router. It is one way to assure our visitors of online security while at our home. We simply need to design a Service Set Identifier (SSID) name denoting guest use only. Then the password should be easy to set up.
A TV in the guest bedroom need not be hi-tech or fancy. A simple model should keep them entertained. After all, they visit to interact with us, not to watch TV. We should connect the TV via satellite, streaming media, cable, or antennae. A basic option would be an internal tuner to control off-air signals and handle cable. Another simple alternative entails adding a satellite set-top box that we can control from a single remote. There are a couple of things that you can do if you want to go the extra mile for your guests. For example, if the streaming service you have set up on the guest TV is Acorn, you can print off a list of everything new to watch on Acorn from sites like this https://likewise.com/blog/everything-coming-to-acorn. Do this before they arrive and leave it next to the TV remote. Such a simple yet thoughtful idea!
Some of our guests are audio-visual experts and need to hookup their gaming systems. We need to install easy gaming options so they can connect their consoles. An accessible HDMI cable with sufficient slack comes in handy when attaching or pulling the game console. But there’s a cleaner approach we can adopt- an HDMI wall plate to jack into.
Volume controls are affordable and simple to tune-up. They are almost unbreakable no matter how many times guests turn the volume up, down, and off. Our guests probably don’t need too many options like accessing different music genres in other places. They will appreciate a typical receiver connected to volume controls and a speaker selector. We simply need to set our cable TV music to play through the receiver or connect the CD changer. We can also link a mini-jack cable to a portable device to allow our guests to play the music of their choice.
Most people don’t use the conventional TV to stream content these days. Our home streaming may present several challenges to people who are not familiar with our environment. Thanks to smart TVs, we can now access streaming sites with a single press of a button on the remote. That way, our guests find with ease the streaming apps. External streamers like Apple, Amazon, ad Roku require distinct HDMI input on the TV. This challenge can leave our guests juggling between buttons or messing up the whole system. So, we need to set a guest profile for such services as Disney+ and Netflix because they support multiple profiles. As such, our guests will not spoil our watch list or change our show recommendation settings.
In the best of all possible worlds, we would want to control everything from a single remote. But since we upgraded from basic TV, the remote control is becoming problematic. Those who haven’t touched our universal remote may find it hard to control, no matter how simplified it looks. Audio-visual systems are even more complicated, yet simple tasks like menu navigation and input switching are fundamental. So, how do we eliminate these hurdles? The answer is a laminated sheet. It is a single page of instructions we can leave on the table or by the bedside to guide a first-time visitor. If we have an external streamer, it is best to label its remote to save our guests the guesswork headache.
Guests who visit our homes want to download apps, connect to a wireless network, or log in to their systems. They may feel helpless if we haven’t installed the right home tech. To avoid leaving them in the lurch, we should consider making our home tech more guest-friendly with the above systems.