Summer officially begins on Tuesday, June 21. As the weather heats up and the days get longer, your patio becomes the best place to organize cooking and pool parties with your friends and family.

As your patio will be used more over the next few months, this is a great time to make your outdoor fun smarter – and add comfort, security and fun while you’re at it. Here are our favorite ways to bring yours smart home outdoor.

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The Ring Floodlight Cam includes live video, automated lighting and sirens to deter intruders.

Camera with projector ring

Add a smart camera

Keep track of all your outdoor fun spaces (and the values ​​in them) with external smart camerasuch as Arlo Pro 3. Want a camera that sheds light on your outdoor space for added security? Take a look Camera with projector ringwhich adds a lighting element and includes sirens and a live camera broadcast in the Ring app.

If you have a limited budget, Wyze Cam V3 is rated for indoor or outdoor use and costs only $ 36.

If you have a back door near your patio, think smart doorbell camera such as Nest doorbell or Arlo video doorbell. No matter what style or feature of camera you choose, adding a set of smart eyes to your patio allows you to monitor your outdoor space with ease.

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Whether for convenience, security or decoration, consider adding a walkway to the exterior of your home.

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Choose smart outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting gives a special atmosphere to any patio or entertainment space. Smart outdoor lighting has come a long way and you have more options than ever.

Philips Hue has collection of intelligent outdoor lights, including a walkway and several wall fixtures. The composition of the Ring is more accessible. Of course, you can always choose smart bulbs in your existing lighting fixtures. on Wyze bulb works well as a common bulb replacement.

If your patio has a ceiling and is relatively protected from the elements, consider a smart fan. You will get the benefits of improving the climate from a fan with built-in intelligent lighting. Fan manufacturers like it Hunter and Haiku make models that work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.

Close to an external smart plug

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Schedule with smart plugs

There are a lot of “dumb” devices in the courtyards that are just waiting to be improved. Whether the courtyard is lit, space heatermosquito lamp or external sound system, you can remotely control your external devices, check their status and even plan to turn them on and off with the help of smart plug made especially for the outdoors.

Our favorite models from TP-Link and WeMo work with multiple voice assistants, include planning and are rated for water and dust resistance.

Increase the volume with comfortable outdoor smart speakers

Adding music to your outdoor spaces is a hassle for any gathering. With the right smart speaker, you can also carry your voice assistants outdoors.

IN Tribit MaxSound Plus is our favorite waterproof portable speaker under $ 100. If you want to add Alexa to the mix, Ultimate Ears Megablast is a portable, fully waterproof Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker that has a built-in Amazon voice assistant.

If you want to take the Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker you already own outdoors, try a battery box. Attach your device and you will have a portable smart speaker with up to 12 hours of battery life.

Netgear Orbi Outdoor Extender

Netgear Orbi Outdoor Extender takes your Wi-Fi signal further.

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Extend your Wi-Fi outdoors

All the improvements of the smart home to decorate your patio need one thing: good Wi-Fi. If the signal of your home does not reach every corner of your outdoor living space, there are several things you can try.

Wi-Fi networks the use of systems is one way. If you already use Netgear’s Orbi network, Orbi Outdoor can transmit your signal outdoors and is weather resistant, so you can rely on your external Wi-Fi signal all year round.

No matter what devices you add to your outdoor space, moving a smart home outdoors has never been easier. There are many products to help you enjoy the great nature while staying connected to the rest of your home.

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