Homeowners reveal the best smart home investment they’ve made

Add these devices to your must-have list.

We’ve all heard the term ‘smart home’ thrown around as connected devices rise in popularity, but what does it really look like to live in a house that’s kitted out with smart tech? We speak to homeowners about the products that have transformed their lives, improved their daily routines, and made them feel safe at home. Learn secrets from those in the know to elevate your entertaining, security, pet snooping, and home ambience…

1. Smart speakers

“I’ve started my device collection with some smart speakers and am now looking to invest in more tech as I use them so often! I am always talking to the speakers, requesting my favourite playlist or a handsfree timer while cooking. They are my little helpers and improve my home’s ambience, as I can ask them random requests and they always have the right answers. Plus, it really helps that they are so cute to look at.” — Elih.

2. O-Team installation

“I’ve always been intrigued by smart homes but never knew how or where to start. Since a friend recommended I reach out to the O-Team (Optus’ team of smart technology experts), I’ve found the world of smart devices so much more accessible.

“Having the O-Team — professionals with security and electrical licences — come to my house to set up and install smart devices from Optus Smart Spaces was so simple! They helped me set up my security cameras and smart TV, so now I can binge my favourite shows in one place.” — Leigh.

3. Security doorbell

“Our video security doorbell is the perfect safety net for our home. It runs 24/7 on the front of our door and detects movement, faces, and packages, and alerts us accordingly. We were overseas recently and could see every time our neighbour came to feed our pets. Very reassuring for us!

“The doorbell feature also advises who is at the house via our smart display hub I permanently work from home alone, and if there’s any movement or people outside, I’ll get alerted and can check to see if it’s a neighbour. The doorbell adds an extra layer of security and makes me feel safe.” — Andy.

4. Smart lights

“My smart globes and light strip have been the sparking joy of my home. Having a small media room, I no longer require a lamp or floor lamp (definitely not using the harsh downlights!) to create the ambience. I can set the brightness and colour of my lights to reflect my mood and even give the house a bit of flair with the changing colour options. Sometimes I’ve turned the room into a home-cinema with colours bouncing off the edges of the screens and lighting up the room – it’s really exciting!” — Jeremy.

Brought to you by Optus Smart Spaces. The O-Team installation services are currently available in select Sydney and Melbourne metro locations only. All devices and features require Wi-Fi and compatible smart devices, sold separately. NSW M/L 000107248. VIC: GMEC Solutions Pty Ltd 96082270S

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