Build an Apple HomeKit Based Smart Home Automation System
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Build an Apple HomeKit Based Smart Home Automation System

An easy to follow hands-on course designed to use the Apple Home App in iOS 10 to build an Apple-based smart home
4.3 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
150 students enrolled
Created by Gerard ODriscoll
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently buy and install various Apple certified devices that will ‘talk to each other
  • Install your own Apple based home automation system that will cost a fraction of purchasing a traditional home control system
  • Configure the Apple Home App included in iOS 10 to do all kinds of awesome things that will improve your families general lifestyle convenience
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Requirements
  • You don't need to know anything about smart home technologies in order to take this course - I'll teach you everything you need to know
  • You will need at least one iOS device, namely an iPhone or iPad
  • No smart home products are required. However We will recommend some specific HomeKit certified smart products in this course. These products are optional based on your preferences.
Description

Imagine being able to:

  • Control your heating from anywhere in the world and reduce the running costs of your home
  • Talk to your home and ask it to turn off all lights

Well, thanks to the incredible new Apple HomeKit standard built into iOS 10, this is all possible!

What makes me qualified to teach you?
My name’s Gerard (international smart home automation expert) and I’m the creator of the world’s most popular smart home automation courses and books. 

What are we going to be covering in this course?
In this course; I show you everything from A-to-Z on how to create your Home Automation system based on Apple certified products and the Apple Home App in iOS 10. The course is entirely project based and I am going to teach you how to:

  • Setup HomeKit on your Apple iOS device
  • Then I explain how to use the Apple Home app in iOS 10
  • Then we install and setup smart lighting that responds to Siri voice commands
  • Then Gerard will demonstrate the steps associated with setting up your own Hub
  • Use Home to Install and configure smart thermostats that will save you money.
  • Next up we use the Home App to set up HomeKit certified door & window sensors to Improve your family’s safety levels by.
  • Personalize the i0S 10 Apple Home app, and share control of your smart home with family members.
  • I’ll show you how to setup automated Scenes on your iPhone and iPad  
  • And More….

Plus Bonus Material!
Registering for How to Build Your Own Smart Home Automation System Using Apple HomeKit Products Course will not only give you access to all course modules, with video tutorials, and worksheets, but you'll also get valuable bonuses, for free. Including...

  • A fully illustrated PDF copy of the Apple’s Homekit Smart Home Automation System Handbook.
  • Regular course updates: new video lectures to co-incide with major Apple hardware and software upgrades.

At the end of this course, you'll have your own smart home that will cost a fraction of purchasing a traditional home automation system. I take all the guesswork and confusion out of creating your very own smart home.

To Join hundreds of people who have taken the course to create their own smart homes simply Click or Tap the ‘Take This Course’ button today!


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who needs assistance in getting their Apple centric smart home up and running
  • Home owners interested in controlling their lighting, alarm, safety, heating and entertainment systems on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch while out and about or at home
  • Construction professionals interested in using the Apple HomeKit platform to differentiate their offerings and improve overall property sales
  • Anyone else curious about using the default Home app included in iOS 10 to setup a smart home system at a reasonable cost!
  • People who want to utilise the new Apple Home App in iOS 10
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Curriculum For This Course
61 Lectures
02:47:05
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Introduction to Apple's Homekit Smart Home System
6 Lectures 20:23

This introductory video provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in this first section.

Preview 01:00

Apple HomeKit Introduction
01:57

This video describes the key elements of the end-to-end Apple HomeKit IoT infrastructure.

Apple HomeKit Ecosystem
05:10

Although the benefits of adding automation to your home will vary from person to person, there are some general benefits that most people can enjoy as result of adding Apple HomeKit products to their property. In this video lecture, Gerard describes the key advantages of using Apple HomeKit to build your smart home.

Key Apple HomeKit Benefits
07:48

Security is paramount when it comes to your home and is a major concern for most of us. This video lecture explains advanced security mechanisms 'baked' into HomeKit that mitigate the risks of unauthorized third parties interfering with your in-home network.

Apple HomeKit Security
03:46

Exercise - Organize Your Thoughts (Short Explanation)
00:42
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Introduction to Home App
4 Lectures 09:15

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the second section of the course.

Introduction
00:52

In this short video lecture, Gerard describes are the initial steps required to add HomeKit functionality to your home.

Initial HomeKit Setup
01:14

The new Home app acts as your control console for your smart home. In this video lecture, Gerard explains the key features of Home.

About Home
04:31

In this video, Gerard explains the three key sections of the Apple home app, namely the Home, Rooms, and Automation.

Preview 02:38
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Step 1: Ensure You Have a Fast & Reliable Wi-Fi Network
4 Lectures 10:27

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the third section of this course.

Introduction
01:05

A fast and reliable router is a key building block of your Apple based smart home.  This video lecture covers some of the issues that you need to consider prior to installing your HomeKit based system.

The Importance of Your Router
03:01

Some HomeKit devices rely on Wi-Fi for communication. In this video lecture, Gerard explains three different approaches that may be used to improve the speed and reliability of your home Wi-Fi network.

Dealing With Poor Wi-Fi Coverage
05:02

Exercise - Check WiFi Coverage
01:19
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Step2: Install Homekit Smart Plugs
4 Lectures 06:39

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the fourth section of this course.

Introduction
00:52

Smart plugs are simple devices that plug into an electrical outlet.  In this video, Gerard describes some of the practical uses of HomeKit enabled smart plugs.

About Smart Plugs
03:01

In this video lecture, Watch over Gerard’s shoulder as he uses the Home App to setup a recently purchased smart plug.

Setup Smart Plugs in Your Home App
01:48

In this brief video, Gerard provides some thoughts on how to complete this particular exercise. A downloadable PDF file also accompanies this video. 

Exercise - Install Homekit Compliant Smart Plugs
00:58
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Step 3: Install Homekit Smart Lighting
9 Lectures 27:22

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the fifth section of this course.

Introduction
01:19

Cost savings, improved home safety, easy setup and having fun controlling lights on your smartphone are the key benefits of smart bulbs. In this video lecture, Gerard provides further detail on the key characteristics of smart bulbs.

Introduction to Smart Bulbs
14:20

In this video lesson, Gerard unboxes the centerpiece of your smart lighting control system.

Un-boxing a Smart Home Lighting Control System
01:36

In this video lesson you will see Gerard installing some HomeKit compatible bulbs in the O'Driscoll household.

Physically Installing Your Smart Bulbs
01:57

In order to link smart bulbs with HomeKit many of the systems currently available require a separate bridge device that is connected directly into your router.  In this video lecture, Gerard demonstrates how to get a bridge device capable of integrating with your iOS devices physically installed.

Smart Bulbs Bridge Physical Install
01:14

This video lesson builds on the previous one and demonstrates how to complete the installation of a single or multiple smart bulbs.

Complete Installation with App
00:24

In this video lecture, Gerard shows you how to apply names to smart bulbs.

Preview 02:03

In this video lecture Gerard shows you how to integrate your smart bulbs into the Apple Home app.

How to Control Smart Bulbs with Your Apple Home App
03:19

In this brief video, Gerard provides some thoughts on how to complete this particular exercise. A downloadable PDF file also accompanies this video. 

Exercise - Install Homekit Compliant Smart Bulbs
01:10
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Step 4: Install Homekit Smart Thermostats
5 Lectures 15:47

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the sixth section of this course.

Introduction
00:49

In this video, Gerard outlines why you should consider adding a smart thermostat to your family home.

About Smart Thermostats
03:28

As the name implies, Gerard describes the steps involved with connecting a smart thermostat to your furnace (boiler) or HVAC system. In the video, Gerard re-iterates his advice that the physical installation should typically be carried out by a professional installer.

Install and Setup Your Smart Thermostat
08:06

In this video lecture Gerard shows you how to setup your new thermostat in the Home app to make it controllable in a centralised location and via the Siri voice assistant.

How to Control a Smart Thermostat with Your Apple Home App
02:13

In this brief video, Gerard provides some thoughts on how to complete this particular exercise. A downloadable PDF file also accompanies this video. 

Exercise - Install a Homekit Compliant Smart Thermostat
01:11
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Step 5: Add Homekit Security Sensors to Your Home
4 Lectures 08:57

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the seventh section of this course.

Introduction
00:49

As the name implies, Gerard shows you step-by-step how to get a door and window sensor that complies with HomeKit up and running.

Setting up a Front Door Sensor
03:37

In this brief video, Gerard provides some thoughts on how to complete this particular exercise. A downloadable PDF file also accompanies this video. 

Preview 01:03

Motion sensors are another key building block of a smart home. In this video, Gerard opens up the sensor, pairs it with the Home app and mounts in the kitchen.

Setting up Motion Sensors in Your Home App
03:28
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Step 6: Setup Your Smart Home Hub
5 Lectures 14:12

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the eight section of this course.

Introduction
01:18

This video explains why you might opt to use an iPad over an Apple TV or indeed visa versa as your home hub.

Preview 05:40

An Apple TV is required to access the features of your HomeKit powered system when away from home. This video will show you how to hook up a fourth generation Apple TV to your home network.

Getting a 4th Generation Apple TV Up And Running
02:54

In this video, watch Gerard configure his Apple TV to relay HomeKit messages in and out of the O'Driscoll household.

Setting up Your Apple TV as a Home Hub
03:38

In this brief video, Gerard provides some thoughts on how to complete this particular exercise. A downloadable PDF file also accompanies this video. 

Exercise - Get Your Hub Up and Running
00:42
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Living in Your Apple Smart Home
10 Lectures 34:19

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the ninth section of this course.

Introduction
01:25

In this video lesson, Gerard walks you through step-by-step how to apply a customized name for your home, add rooms to your app, assign smart home products to each of your rooms and customize the look and feel of the various IoT devices within the Home app.

Personalize & Organize the Home App
10:02

With the new Home app in iOS 10, it’s super-easy to manage HomeKit-enabled smart home devices. In this video lesson, Gerard explains how the different approaches that you can use to control devices.

Using The Home App To Control Your Devices
05:36

Apple HomeKit systems allow you to set up “scenes” that will increase comfort levels at home.  In this video lesson, Gerard explains how you might go about utilizing scenes to improve your families convenience levels.

Apple HomeKit Scenes
05:19

When initially getting your Apple HomeKit network up and running; setting up automation is one of the first things you are going to want to do. This video takes provides a detailed explanation of how you go about automatically triggering various scenes that can make your house come alive!

How to Automate Your Home
03:36

One of the key features of iOS 10 is the ability to easily manage your smart home directly within the control centre of your iOS device.  In this video lecture, Gerard demonstrates how to access your smart home within Control Center.

Managing Smart Home Devices with Control Centre
01:42

In this video, look over Gerard’s shoulder and see how he uses Siri to control various devices in the O'Driscoll household.

Using Siri To Control Your Homekit Devices
01:49

In this video lesson, Gerard outlines how you use the Home App to set up another family member or friend to control your new smart home.

Share Control With Family & Friends
02:13

In this brief video, Gerard provides some thoughts on how to complete this particular exercise. A downloadable PDF file also accompanies this video. 

Exercise - Perzonalizing your Apple Smart Home
01:22

In this brief video, Gerard provides some thoughts on how to complete this particular exercise. A downloadable PDF file also accompanies this video. 

Exercise - Organizing Homekit Products
01:15
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Supporting & Troubleshooting Your Apple Smart Home
5 Lectures 12:08

Provides an overview of what Gerard will be covering in the tenth section of this course.

Introduction
01:17

Battery life for your HomeKit devices varies depending on how you use them.  In this video Gerard demonstrates how to open a wireless smart home product and change the battery.

Changing Batteries
02:20

You will occasionally need to install firmware updates on HomeKit connected products, to improve performance. This video lesson shows you how to run through this simple process.

Firmware Updates
03:16

Resetting HomeKit products is another great way to solve problems with a HomeKit compliant smart device. In this video, lesson Gerard shows you how to use resetting to get things working as expected.

Hard and Soft Resets
02:34

In this short video lesson, Gerard provides a single tip that could help to mitigate issues associated with remotely accessing your Apple based smart home.

Resolving Hub Problems
02:41
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About the Instructor
Gerard ODriscoll
3.3 Average rating
146 Reviews
2,152 Students
6 Courses
Telecom Expert, Educator, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

Gerard is 46 years old and originally from Cork in Ireland, married to Olive with five kids ranging from 5 to 16 years olde – so a busy house!

Over the past 20 years, Gerard has served in a variety of management, engineering, and commercial positions in both public and private industry sectors.

Gerard is an accomplished international telecoms expert, educator, serial Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, and smart home automation integrator. Other professional achievements include the authoring of various technology books:

  • [+] IPTV Services and Technologies, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-16372-6 (Published 2008)
  • [+]  Co-authored Home Technology Integrator Certification Lab: ISBN 1-58122-070-7 (Published 2004)
  • [+] Essential Guide to Home Networking; ISBN-10: 0130198463 Published (2001)
  • [+] Essential Guide to Digital Set-top Boxes and Interactive TV, Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 0130173606 (Published 1999).
  • [+] Manage Your Home with a Smartphone App!
  • [+] 13 Ways to Use Technology to Live Independently at Home for Longer!
  • Essential Guide to Steak

Over the years Gerard has been given the role as commentator on industry events and trends in the digital home industry sector and been quoted in a number of premier business publications. Additionally he has presented papers at a handful of conferences around the world.

In recent times, Gerard has become involved as an angel investor in a portfolio of start-ups & emerging growth companies in mobile apps, e-commerce, e-Learning subscription commerce, food, and digital home sectors.

Additionally, he runs a number of blogs including one that help people make their homes more secure, safer, more energy efficient and enjoyable!

On the education front, Gerard holds electronics and information technology qualifications from the University of Limerick in Ireland.