Home automation can seem pretty dumb when you’re at home and you want to turn on the lights. Unless you have your lights scheduled it can be a process. You must find your phone, unlock it, find your “app”, open it, find your lamp icon, and click it. That’s not cool and it’s not smart. IFTTT changed the game when they announced “DO” last week. Now you can create a “DO” button to do almost anything. Even turn on a lamp with one click. In honor of DO, we present a roundup of who (in the home security and automation market) is currently in the IFTTT crowd.
What Security and Home Automation Devices Work Through IFTTT?
IFTTT’s been the hot ticket in automation for a while. IFTTT integration was a “selling feature” for many at CES 2014 and companies like Scout have tossed their own automation products in favor of integrating with others.
The companies below have an IFTTT channel of some form or another. It may be one channel that rules all products or one channel for a specific product.
HOME SECURITY AND SMART HOME HUBS THAT WORK WITH IFTTT
Wink and WeMo – Kind of IFTTT-Y
Some companies like Wink and WeMo have channels for specific products instead of one channel that covers all. I’m not sure why they would approach IFTTT integration in such a deconstructed manner but they have. WeMo currently has 6 IFTTT channels. They have a channel for the Insight Switch, Light Switch, Maker, Wemo Motion, WeMo Lighting, WeMo Motion, and the Wemo Switch.
Wink has seven IFTTT channels. They have one for the Aros, Egg Minder, Numbus, Power Genius, Porkfolio, Spotter, and Wink: Shortcuts.
Ways IFTTT is Making Things More Secure
In June 2015, IFTTT announced the launch of a two-step verification process that users can enable to protect their account and their mobile app. Though the process is optional, we highly recommend enabling two-step verification when using IFTTT for home security or home automation.
To enable two-step verification visit your settings, and click the blue button labeled “enable two-step verification”. The process will use your password (make sure it’s a good one) and a unique code that is sent to your phone upon login to provide added personal security.