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Indoor and Outdoor Smart lighting, and the switching solutions that make any lighting setup actually practical.
Smart LED strips are bright enough now to be a very versatile lighting option. There are a couple of basic rules to follow to ensure you get that soft, classy look though.
So you want smart switches, but don’t have a neutral wire? These are your best options.
Smart LED strips are becoming fairly common now, but with varying levels of quality and performance. Hue’s Lightstrip Plus is a high quality option that delivers all the key requirements. See how it stacks up in this review.
Nanoleaf is known for expensive (but cool) smart light panels. This new range of basic smart lights comes with a twist, full Thread support. That makes these an interesting option.
Installing a smart switch involves some electrical wiring, but it’s not as hard as it sounds. These step by step guides will help you through it.
LED lighting offers more than just power efficiency, such as the ability to create animated effects within the bulb. See how you can add convincing flame lamps to enhance your evening ambience.
A simple switch setup to handle both smart and dumb lights has been elusive, but LIFX has the answer.
Aqara’s US smart switch offers a versatile no-neutral model with broad smart home integration support.
Smart devices that monitor your home, including cameras, entry sensors, smoke alarms and flood sensors.
Having outdoor security cameras on your homes perimeter has real benefits for security, but using wired cameras can be a hassle. Ring’s Spotlight Cam offers a robust, reliable, and feature packed option for this specific use case.
Smart smoke detectors tend to run a pretty high price tag, but this one from security company X-Sense delivers a solid product at a bargain price, so long as you are happy using the Tuya platform.
Want to connect your Ring devices to HomeKit? Well, here’s how to do it without breaking the bank, and tearing your hair out.
When it comes to floodlight security cameras you’ll generally be looking at hard-wiring something. Arlo offers a different approach with their battery powered Pro 3 Floodlight model. And it’s brighter than the competition too.
Taps leak, appliances fail, pipes freeze, but who needs to deal with the mess and damage afterwards? Our smart homes can provide some protection with these automatic shut off valves.
Arlo security cameras have long been a solid choice for wireless outdoor monitoring. We take a look at the new low cost Essentials range to see if they hold up as well.
Arlo and Ring are both big names in wireless security cameras, but how do you choose? We take a deep dive and compare devices as well as the software platforms that run them.
Aqara’s Camera Hub G2H offers an interesting HomeKit Secure Video option for the budget conscious, but with some limitations. A smart compact design, and a built in ZigBee hub for Aqara’s security eco-system makes it worth a look.
Devices that make your home smarter and your life easier, and the platforms that enable those devices to work together seamlessly.
After a long dry spell, Australia is getting more HomeKit compatible smart plugs
Smart home connected pool sensors are not as common as you’d think, but there are some options.
Smart thermostats offer numerous benefits in terms of comfort and energy efficiency, but most are WiFi powered for mass market appeal. If you’ve opted for the benefits of Z-Wave though, there are still some good options.
SmartThings has been undergoing a transformation under the hood for while now. Big changes are coming to allow local automations, and much easier access to custom device handlers.
You may have seen the name Tuya when looking for smart home devices. Who are they, What do they do, and should you be looking at buying those products?
Australian consumers can be hard pressed to find cost effective smart home devices, but there are now several brands delivering a variety of options that may be worth a look.
If you have appliances with RF remotes, like ceiling fans, and you want to add them to your smart home Bond provides a much easier way to do so than fitting WiFi controllers to them.
The Tuya platform offers integration with Alexa and Google Assistant via the cloud. But using Homebridge can give you access to these in HomeKit, and with local control to boot. Here’s how.
Devices and protocols that enable the smart home, from Bluetooth to Z-Wave.
You don’t always need WiFi in your router. Maybe you want more control at your network gateway, or you want to segment your internal network for security. Here’s a look at the top options for small wired routers.
Do you have Nanoleaf Essentials accessories in HomeKit? Do you have more than one HomePod Mini? Are things not going well? This procedure should fix things, at least for a while.
Ubiquitous WiFi access in our homes means less and less reliance on wired connectivity. It's imperative that we keep uninvited guests off our network while we're beaming it into the air. What is really needed to be secure, without being burdensome?
Adding Z-Wave to your smart home can provide greater flexibility and reliability, but which controller is right for you?
The new unified smart home integration standard known as Matter promises to revolutionize the world of connected devices. See what it’s all about, and why it’s important.
Some fixable design flaws in the WiFi standard, coupled with a bunch of implementation issues, means that virtually all WiFi devices are at risk.
Amazon is building an IoT network, and you’re invited. Should you be worried? Probably not. See why and decide for yourself.
Google proves that raw speed isn’t everything when it comes to home WiFi. Intelligent optimization gets the most out of your internet while guaranteeing a magically smooth WiFi experience.