As technology improves, more and more aspects of a household can be smart enabled. One of the more common ways many people set up and control their smart devices is by using an iPad as the smart home hub. Using an iPad allows you to access a number of apps that are used to control smart home devices. You can control your lights, lock your doors, turn up the temperature, and more with the combination of the right hardware and applications. Here are some of the ways you can utilize your iPad as a smart home device.

Use iPad as a Home Hub

Using your iPad as a home hub is the easiest way to control all your smart home devices through a simple and aesthetically pleasing user interface. You can pair your smart devices using the "Home" app on your iPad and then set up functionality for each device. For example, if you have a set of smart lights, you can create different scenes like turning on all the lights, or setting all the lights to a particular color, and then simply press the associated button to apply the scene. The same concept applies to most other smart devices. One of the best ways to make use of an iPad as a home hub is to mount it to a wall. Mounting the iPad in an often-traveled location in your home will easily make all of your paired smart devices accessible to everyone. With the Surface Mount by IPORT you can mount an iPad to a wall or solid surface, all while keeping it charged and protected.

Control Your Music

Many smart speakers being sold on the market today are compatible with an iPad. Using Apple's wireless streaming software AirPlay, you can play music to any supported network connected smart speaker in your home. Simply open a music app like iTunes on the iPad, tap the AirPlay button, and select which speaker you want to play to. After that, you can control the music just like you would if you were listening to it on the iPad locally. You can adjust volume, play next track, play previous track, pause, play, and edit playlists.

Use it as a Kitchen Companion

Using an iPad as a smart device in the kitchen is a great way to stay organized. There are hundreds of applications designed to make cooking easier. You can store recipes, search through digital cookbooks, and even have Siri read you recipes as you cook. One of the best ways to incorporate an iPad into your kitchen is to utilize an iPad table mount, like the IPORT LUXE. A table mount will turn your iPad into a stationary kiosk that is perfect for the kitchen.

View Your Security Cameras

You can never be too careful when it comes to security. Installing security cameras inside and outside your home can help make you feel more safe and comfortable while you're present or away. Today, many security camera systems come with applications that can be used on an iPad. You can use these iPad apps to notify you when the camera detects sound or movement. You can then view the camera directly from the iPad in real-time. With some systems, you can even speak through the iPad in the case of a doorbell camera.

These are just four of the ways you can make use of an iPad for smart homes. Whether you desire easy access to multiple smart devices around your home, smart speaker integration and control, a kitchen companion, or the ability to view your security cameras, an iPad makes for a great smart home device. If you've decided that an iPad would work great in your smart home, check out our iPad stands, mounts, and holders to really enhance your iPad in the smart home experience.