How to Name Your Smarthome Devices for Better Voice Control

A Google home, Echo Spot, Smart Bulb and Smart Plug

The Smarthomes are still not very smart and the voice assistants do not really understand you. Beyond the use of groups, you need to name your devices carefully to avoid overlapping, difficult-to-remember names and confusion for you and your voice assistant.

Similar device names introduce confusion of commands

Have you ever asked Alexa or Google to turn off the light in the living room to repeatedly ask what device you want to turn off? You can try to state better or be more precise, just to be frustrated, because Google and Alexa do not understand what you want.

Usually, the problem is you. If you've named a "Smart Plug Study", a Smart Bulb "Study" and a "Smart Switch Study", your voice assistant does not understand which device to turn off. You can solve some of these problems by creating groups. But it's also useful to follow some basic rules for naming your smart devices.

Plus, naming your smart devices early on saves you from having to relearn those names when you have to change things.

Name Groups After Rooms or Goals

Alexa app with groups named Basement, Christmas and Kitchen

The most important names for your smarthome are the names of your groups. If you do not group the devices at home, you should be. You will accomplish more with fewer words and you will have less to remember. Both Google and Amazon have facilitated the creation of groups, and the sooner you do it, the better.

A good strategy is to name your groups based on the room they are in. A group of appliances in your living room should be named Living Room, a group for your study should be called Study, etc. The exception is for groups of items not related to a specific part. In this case, you must use their purpose for the name.

For example, if all your Christmas lights are plugged into smart outlets, put them in a group named Christmas. You will tell your voice assistant to "turn off Christmas" when you want to control the group.

This also applies even if the devices are in the same room as others, but you want to control them separately. For example, behind your TV, you may have a lamp or polarization light that you do not want to turn off with other devices in the room. In this case, leave these devices out of the main group and put them in their own group if you need them.

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Always use unique names for your devices

Once the groups are eliminated, it's time to worry about naming the devices. The worst thing to do is to use the same name for different devices. If you name a smart lamp and a smart "study" switch, your voice assistant gets confused when you say "turn off the study". He does not know what device you are talking about.

Voice assistants need a way to differentiate devices. To do this, you can name the devices by their location in the room or by assigning them the name of the room followed by a number.

Name similar devices for their location in a room

Alexa app with lights named Fireplace, Playstation and Window

You must name most devices based on their physical location in the room. This applies especially to smart lights because you probably have several in a room. If you have a smart lamp called "fireplace" and another lamp called "window", you will have a better chance of remembering their unique names. This is especially important when you want to control individual devices, such as light above or across the room from your TV.

Keep in mind that when you control individual devices, it's not only important for your voice assistant to understand which smart item you're referring to. It is also important to be able to easily remember the name to use.

If you can look at the location of a device and easily remember its name, it will make things easier. If the name of the place itself will not work, try something associated with that place. For example, we named a light close to our "PlayStation" home entertainment center because the TV itself is voice controlled, but that's not the case with PlayStation. The most obvious name is taken, but we have always found a unique name for our devices.

Add numbers when individual control is useless

Google App with appliances named Christmas 1 at Christmas 10

Sometimes you do not need to control all the smart things in a room or group. If you have three ceiling lights in the kitchen controlled by a single switch, it is unlikely that you turn on one or two people to the voice. Likewise, if you have all your outdoor Christmas lights on a smart plug, you probably will not turn them on one by one. The best thing to do is to name them sequentially after their associated group. For kitchen lighting, this could be Kitchen 1, Kitchen 2, Kitchen 3. For Christmas lights, you can name them Christmas 1, Christmas 2, Christmas 3, etc.

In the rare cases where you only want to control one smart device, Google and Alexa can still handle that. The main goal here is to identify the devices more easily when you group them together. After that, you will control them by their group name. And you will not spend much time thinking about a unique name. The number in the name is always necessary. This avoids the confusion of your voice assistant asking "which kitchen are you talking about?

These simple guidelines are a powerful way to improve your work. Voice assistants still have trouble understanding each other and may stumble. We humans are rather forgetful. These tips will help your voice assistant understand you better and better remember things to say.

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