In the event of a home power outage, loss of power can also be accompanied by loss of network connectivity, and lead to compromised safety and communications, since smart home devices such as security cameras may not be able to reach remote servers. This disclosure describes a smart home with an integrated/multifunctional battery energy storage system (ESS), along with backup connectivity based on satellite networks. The smart home can remain online for long periods of time during power outages, can smartly turn off power-hungry devices to conserve power, use the battery for redundant energy storage, and offer energy storage, connectivity, or other smart features to other homes in the vicinity. The described energy storage system can be a part of a smart home ecosystem.

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