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Starting a smart home from scratch? You need to watch this video

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The smart home can be confusing. That's why we've lent our expertise to our sister publication Real Homes to help explain the basics of the concept and how you can get started in making a fully automated house.

It's all part of a YouTube series called The Real Homes Show that talks you through the steps you'll need to follow to make your dream home a reality.

We talk you through where to begin with smart home gadgets, why you'll want them and how much it's likely to cost you.

We've even put together a list of our top three types of smart home gadget that you may want to look out for when you're planning to upgrade your house with a bunch of internet-ready tools.

You can watch our collaborative episode of The Real Homes Show below:

James Peckham

James is Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He has also worked on other leading tech brands, such as T3 and Gizmodo UK, as well as appearing as an expert on TV and radio for the BBC and other publications. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest smartphone news.