How to connect devices to your Google Home Mini

Do you have a smart home? Do you have remotely controllable security cameras and light bulbs that can be switched on and off or dimmed remotely? Would you like to be able to control these devices simply by talking to them? Well now you can, thanks to the power of Google Home Mini.

Control your smart home, with the power of speech

Google Home Mini is the little brother of the Google Home smart speaker. It's smaller and cheaper, but works just the same as Google Home. It connects to the internet over your home WiFi, and to other WiFi devices in your home such as security cameras, smart light bulbs and your TV.

Google Home Mini listens and talks

You can ask it questions just like you would type a question into Google via the Google website or the Google smartphone app and it will give you an answer.

You can ask it to play your favourite music and it will oblige. You can ask it to remind you of upcoming appointments, read recipes, tell you the weather forecast.

You just need to start every request with "OK Google" so your Google Home Mini knows you are talking to it and not to somebody in the room.

Behind all these tricks is the Google Assistant, a virtual assistant developed by Google that uses the power of artificial intelligence.

But Google Home Mini can do much more than deliver information and play music. It can give you power over your smart home.

There's a whole range of smart home products like smart light bulbs and security cameras, that you can control with your voice via Google Home Mini.

Talk down your lighting

Take Philips Hue lights for example. You can turn them on and off, and change their colours via a smartphone app, but saying: "OK Google, make the lounge room lights blue," or "OK Google, turn the dining room light on," is so much easier.

If you have Swann security cameras installed, you can tell your Google Home Mini: "OK Google. Show me what's happening in my driveway," and the image will come up on your TV screen. To do this, you also need an internet-enabled TV that supports Google Chromecast, or a Google Chromecast device.

With Google Chromecast you can display any internet video, such as Netflix or YouTube on your TV over your WiFi network.

Lights, camera, action!

You'll find the Google Home Mini at Bunnings along with a range of home security cameras from Swann and Philips Hue smart light bulbs that will work with Google Home Mini.

You'll find details of all of these, and more information about the Google Home Mini on Bunnings' Smart Home Hub web page. Or you can visit your local Bunnings store and see the full range of devices that will work with Google Home Mini.

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