Choosing the Right Set Top Box (STB) for Your Smart Home Setup

Date : 1-30-2019

Using Your STB as a Hub

As the world of smart homes and Internet of Things (IoT) technology develops at a pace, choosing the right hardware for your home network is really important.

That goes for every device plugged into your smart home network, as you need to ensure that it is of good quality and that it has sufficient levels of interoperability so that your set up works smoothly.

Probably the most important aspect of your smart home is the hardware you use to interface with your smart home devices and in this blog, we look at set-top boxes (STBs) and how they can be used as a hub for all your IoT. At Sure Universal, we are the only company that offers software that allows you to control all of your IoT devices through one app that turns your STB into your smart home control panel and your phone into a smart, universal remote control.

So, which STB is the right one for you?

Well, the first thing to mention is that if you want to use the Sure Universal Remote Control app with your STB, it will need to use one that runs on Roku, Android, M8s Pro L as these operating systems support the app. Finding one is easy to do, as they are amongst the most popular on the market.

Obviously, this still leaves a wide range to choose from, so then you need to start looking at other capabilities and specifications before you can focus on one that fits the bill for your purposes. So let’s take a look at just a few that we’d recommend.

The Easytone T95Z Plus Android TV Box

If you want a smooth viewing and smart home experience, then you’ll need a good amount of processing power. The T95Z Plus Box more than fits the bill with a 2GHz Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and cutting-edge Amlogic chipset. It also has built-in super-stable 2.4/5.8G WiFi and 32 Gigabytes of internal storage meaning you’ll have plenty of space for apps and TV programmes. It also works on the Android 7.1 OS making it really familiar to anyone with an Android smartphone.

The M8 Pro

The powerful  M8 Pro set top box comes with the Android OS, it supports UHD programming and offers the fastest available WiFi connectivity. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and 2 Gigabytes of RAM, meaning that it can cope with everything it needs to in the smart home. Easily connectable to your TV via HDMI, it offers a superb home entertainment experience, as well as providing ample storage and processing power to make your home network run like a dream.

The Roku XD 2050

With built-in wireless and extended range Wireless N, this Roku XD set top box is perfect for your home network. It’s easy to connect, works with any TV on the market and is able to stream HD video for your view pleasure. Like most set top boxes in their range, it’s a diminutive, unassuming piece of hardware that can be easily hidden and it weighs in a just over 7 ounces!

This is just a small selection of the hardware available that can be used in conjunction with the Sure Universal smart home software platform and smart remote control app. These are three that we would recommend, but as long as you get yourself an STB with a compatible OS, lots of processing power and up-to-date connectivity capabilities, then you should be fine.

Come and See What Sure Universal is All About

At Sure Universal, we offer the only IoT software platform currently useable by residential and Telco customers alike to create the complete user-friendly, scalable and secure smart home solution. If you would like to know more about anything mentioned here or you would like to know more about us and what we provide, please take a look at our website, where you’ll be able to find everything you need to know.

Alternatively, if you would like any advice on any aspect of home automation or the Internet of Things, simply fill in your details to our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Thanks for reading our blog and we’ll see you next time with more from the smart home and IoT world.

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