October 7, 2014
Best BuyStaff Writer
The concept of a “connected home” is becoming reality as 13 percent of broadband homes currently own at least one smart home device, and the industry’s set to double by 2018. That’s because these products are now more accessible and affordable, averaging $50 to $350.
With more people interested in this technology, Best Buy is creating new in-store Connected Home departments to help customers understand and compare their options, as well as improve home security, save energy costs and simplify the management of their homes.
New Connected Home departments in stores by holiday
The new departments are rolling out to more than 400 stores across the country by Thanksgiving. The space features more than 100 Connected Home products – from standalone devices to integrated and professionally managed solutions. The assortment features some of the most established brands in home automation, as well as products from innovative start-up companies.
Home networking solutions
We call this the “plumbing” of the connected home. A successful connected home begins with the right internet connection, supported by the right networking setup to get the most out of these new devices. Your experience with these devices is dependent not only on your Internet service, but also the networking hardware you have in your home. If your family is connecting and streaming from phones, tablets, gaming consoles and more, it’s a must to ensure your networking devices are up-to-date and capable of providing the speed you need. We have the routers, modems and range extenders to help deliver the best experience.
Smart home products and services for automation and security
This is the technology that’s piquing consumer interest. We’re talking video monitoring (including security cameras and systems like Dropcam); smart thermostats (from Nest and Honeywell); smart lighting (check out Philips Hue); smart locks (with options from Kwikset); garage door accessories (like those from Chamberlain); motion, water, door and window sensors; smoke/CO2 detectors; automation/control hubs, light and appliance controls (including Belkin WeMo); and energy monitors.
Home connections services
These are internet, television and phone options as well as professionally monitored and self-monitored security services. We offer unbiased advice and expertise to help you find the right technology, provider and plan that’s right for you from companies like Comcast, DIRECTV, ADT Security or Time Warner.
Expert service and unbeatable prices
All of this new technology is cool … yet complex and potentially confusing. That’s why we’re staffing our new Connected Home departments with trained Blue Shirt employees. We also have Connected Home Specialists in more than 200 stores who received additional training and completed an extensive certification process. And it doesn’t stop there – Geek Squad Agents provide consultation, wireless network setup/support, and training and education to help get your new network set up and devices connected.
Because we know most consumers start by researching online, we’ve launched an experience at www.bestbuy.com/connectedhome where they can learn more about their options and shop from an expanded assortment. Check out our new Connected Home Buying Guide here.