The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of remote labs, offering students hands-on experiences while adhering to distancing measures. Challenges include replicating real-world experiences, ensuring equitable technology access, and maintaining engagement. Despite these challenges, the future of remote labs appears promising. Institutions must invest further, collaborate with the industry, and utilize data analytics and AI. This research focuses on designing a remotely accessible IoT laboratory, balancing handson learning with reduced physical presence, and shaping the future of higher education. It highlights the potential of online teaching and hybrid laboratory models, emphasizing practical experience integration with theoretical learning. The study presents the IoT lab design and implementation and conducts interviews and questionnaires that assess system readiness and usability. Participant feedback emphasizes coding skills, continuous hardware use, and system versatility. This work contributes to the evolution of remote labs in modern education.