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How to start a smart home for $200

Over the past few years, smart home tech has become more and more accessible. It connects to our phones and routers, it speaks our language, and it’s increasingly easy to find that you’ve bought a product that includes smart home features, without even thinking about it.

So what does a modern smart home look like, and how can you start building one? In our latest episode of Workflow, we decided to set a roughly $200 limit to see how much stuff we could get to start making your house smarter. Here’s what we picked.

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Google Home Mini — $49

A smart speaker is probably your best starting point. You can use it to look up information, order pizzas, play podcasts, and tons more. More…

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