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Definition: Internet-connected appliance

Household products such as refrigerators, washing machines, security cameras, door bells, door locks, light bulbs and thermostats that are computer based and connected to the Internet via the home's Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Online access allows alerts to be sent to users' desktops or mobile devices, and it also enables remote control. Just like smartphones and tablets, Internet-connected products are able to download firmware updates as needed. See consumer electronics, Internet appliance, smart TV and firmware update.