How to connect your smart electronic gifts to the internet

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How to connect your smart electronic gifts to the internet

Nowadays it is more and more common for people to give you an electronic device, also called smart. IoT ( Internet of Things ) devices cover all needs, but first, you have to connect them to the Internet: security cameras, peepholes, and electronic gatekeepers,  sensors for doors and windows, thermostats, switches for blinds and awnings,  plugs, and light bulbs …

And speaking of gifts, the luckiest receive smart speakers, players to turn your television into Smart TV, video game consoles, smart vacuum cleaners, household appliances in general, scales, toothbrushes, toy robots… The list is endless and adapts to all pockets. And the result is to have the whole house full of devices that need the Internet to work.

If you are a Movistar customer, your  Smart WiFi Router is prepared to support all that internal network. Having your home connected is as simple as connecting each device one by one, a task that varies depending on the type of device and the manufacturer. In addition, you will have the help of the  Smart WiFi App to organize and manage your connected home directly from your phone.

The fastest method

There are different ways to connect your smart electronic devices to the Internet. The fastest and simplest is the one that involves the  WPS function of your router. WPS is the acronym for  WiFi Protected Setup or WiFi Protected Installation. By pressing the corresponding button, you can connect several devices to your router’s WiFi at once.

Specifically, behind your Movistar Smart WiFi router, there are two WPS buttons. One for each WiFi network: the 2.4 GHz WiFi and the 5 GHz WiFi Plus. It is important to know both because certain devices, such as light bulbs or smart plugs, usually recommend that you connect them to the Internet on the 2.4 GHz WiFi.

Whichever you choose, you will need to press the WPS button for less than five seconds. The WiFi LED light will flash for a few seconds. You will see it on the front of the router. For 120 seconds, two minutes, you will be able to pair your IoT electronic device with the router. No password in between. If all goes well, the light will stop flashing. If it turns red, try the WPS button again.

The usual method

You may prefer to slow down and configure your smart electronic device step by step and without rushing. Come on, with the usual method. To do this, you will have to search for the WiFi network with the device. You have the name of it at the bottom of the router. Both the network name and password are displayed.

Keep in mind that you will also find this information in the  Smart WiFi App. Free and available for iPhone and Android, it will allow you to check the speed of your Internet connection, see which devices are connected and block them or, what interests us, see the data of your WiFi connections. That and so much more.

The manufacturer’s method

Most smart electronic devices, or IoT devices, can be connected to the Internet with the first method. Especially those that do not have a screen or elements to configure the device. On the other hand, others do have a screen and buttons to choose the WiFi point, enter the password and configure its operation. And in third place, there are the easiest devices to configure, such as game consoles, televisions, or smartphones.

When it comes to the first group of IoT devices, manufacturers often offer the user various configuration methods, and usually offer their own official app to install on your iPhone or Android phone. Its use is usually optional since many of us turn to home automation applications from Google, Apple, and Amazon:  Google Home,  Apple Home, and  Amazon Alexa. Those of Google and Amazon are available for iOS and Android, while that of Apple is exclusive to its ecosystem.

To connect this type of electronic device to the Internet, it is advisable to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Normally, install the application on duty, press the button that activates WiFi on the device,  scan a QR code with the phone’s camera or wait for the manufacturer’s app to detect the device, and finally follow the wizard’s instructions of installation.

Organizing your connected home

Once we have all our smart devices configured and connected to the Internet, you may want to put some order in your internal network. For this, we will use the  Smart WiFi App that I mentioned before. You will be able to catalog each device and thus recognize them when you look at your list of devices on your phone.

Within the Smart WiFi App, from the first screen, you will see the connected devices, organized by mobile phones, computers, tablets, televisions, and others. If it is not well organized, you can go into each device and manually give it a name and indicate the type of device. This way it will be easier for you to recognize each device and know if they are all well connected in case they give you problems.