5 ways to spruce up your patio this fall

Summer officially begins on Tuesday, June 21. As the weather warms and the days get longer, your patio becomes the go-to spot for hosting barbecues and pool parties with friends and family.

With your patio getting more use over the next few months, it’s a great time to make your outdoor entertaining smarter – and add convenience, safety and fun while you’re at it. Here are our favorite ways to bring your smart home outside.

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

Ring floodlight camera

Add a smart camera

Keep tabs on all your outdoor entertaining spaces (and the valuables they contain) with a outdoor smart cameraas the Arlo Pro 3. Want a camera that illuminates your outdoor space for added security? Check Ring floodlight camerawhich adds a lighting element and includes a siren and live camera feed in the Ring app.

If you have a limited budget, the Wyze V3 Camera is designed for indoor or outdoor use and costs just $36.

If you have a backdoor near your patio, consider one doorbell camera as the Nest Doorbell or the Arlo Video Doorbell. No matter what style or function of camera you choose, adding a set of smart eyes to your patio space makes it easy to monitor your outdoor space.

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

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Opt for smart outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting adds a special ambiance to any patio or entertaining space. Smart outdoor lighting has come a long way and you have more options than ever.

Philips Hue has a smart outdoor lighting collection, including a path light and several wall lights. Ring’s range is more affordable. Of course, you can always opt for smart bulbs in your existing fixtures. the Wyze bulb works well as a generic bulb replacement.

If your patio has a ceiling and is relatively protected from the weather, consider a smart fan. You’ll get the benefits of a fan with built-in smart lighting. Fan manufacturers love Hunter and Haiku create models that work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.

Close up of an outdoor smart plug

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Schedule with smart plugs

The patios have a lot of “dumb” appliances just waiting to be improved. Whether it’s patio string lights, an auxiliary radiatormosquito repellent lamp or outdoor sound system, you can control your outdoor devices remotely, check their status and even program their on and off using a smart plug specially designed for the outdoors.

Our favorite models from TP link and WeMo work with multiple voice assistants, include scheduling, and are designed to be water and dust resistant.

Turn up the volume with smart speakers suitable for the outdoors

Adding music to your outdoor spaces is a no-brainer for any gathering. With the right smart speaker, you can also take your voice assistants outside.

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

If you want to take the Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker you already own outside, try a battery compartment. Clip your device and you’ve got a portable smart speaker with up to 12 hours of battery life.

Netgear Orbi Outdoor Extender

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

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Extend your Wi-Fi outdoors

All smart home upgrades to spruce up your patio need one thing: a good Wi-Fi connection. If your home’s signal isn’t reaching every corner of your outdoor living space, there are a few things you can try.

Mesh Wi-Fi using systems are one way to go. If you already use Netgear’s Orbi mesh network, the Outer Orbi can transmit your signal outdoors and is weatherproof, so you can rely on your outdoor Wi-Fi signal all year round.

Whatever devices you add to your outdoor spaces, bringing you a smart home outdoors has never been easier. There are plenty of products to help you enjoy the great outdoors while staying connected to the rest of your home.

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