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Hands-on testing backed by industry expertise.
Hands-on testing backed by industry expertise.
Indoor and Outdoor Smart lighting, and the switching solutions that make any lighting setup actually practical.
Smart bulbs and smart switches are both viable options when choosing to install smart lighting, is one better than the other. Take a look at the pros and cons of each, things to be aware of, and how to work around any issues.
The LIFX Beam provides an excellent solution to adding dynamic feature lighting where light strips won’t, or can’t, do the job. See how it works, and how it performs in real world use.
Do you need more than one Hue bridge for your setup? Why would you? Does it cause any issues, and how would you add one? This guide answers these questions, and more.
Using a scene controller is a great way to provide intuitive manual controls for your smart lights, and cover up those manual switches to avoid people turning them off. We take a look at just what the Hue Tap Dial switch can do.
So you want smart switches, but don’t have a neutral wire? This guide offers a variety of no neutral switches and other options to solve this.
Aqara’s US smart switch offers a versatile no-neutral model with broad smart home integration support.
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.
Smart outdoor lighting options offer convenience and security outside. Here are the best options in each category.
Smart devices that monitor your home, including cameras, entry sensors, smoke alarms and flood sensors.
Can you turn off a Ring camera? Effectively yes, and here’s the simple steps to do it.
Wireless outdoor security cameras are a great solution for keeping tabs on your property. Having built-in lights to deter intruders is also a great advantage. How does Ring’s latest battery-powered spotlight camera hold up?
There are various ways to use a smart lock, but Apple’s Home Key system is one of the best. See how it works and why you should use it.
If you can’t, or don’t want to, install doorbell wiring you may think a video doorbell is out of the question, but there are plenty that don’t need wires. Here are our best picks and why.
Many US-based video doorbells won’t work down under. We analyze the best options that will give you good results in Australia.
Security Cameras are designed to provide us with protection, but they need to be taken care of too. This guides offers some tips on how to best keep your cameras safe and working well for the long term.
Video doorbells and security cameras have many similar features and specs these days. Is there much difference, and how do you choose?
Home security cameras have become popular with consumers, but often require some level of physical installation. So can you put a camera in a light bulb? These ones use a simple light socket to provide both light and security, making them the simplest approach.
Devices that make your home smarter and your life easier, and the platforms that enable those devices to work together seamlessly.
We've all been there – it's a scorching summer day, and you turn on your trusty air conditioner, only to find it's not doing its job correctly. You're left wondering, "Why is my air conditioner not cooling properly?"
Not having a c-wire can be a pain when looking for smart thermostats, but here are some options to get around that.
Smart thermostats are a good addition to the smart home, and if you use Alexa you have a lot of options. We’ve pulled out the best options to choose from.
Adding myQ to HomeKit is not always as simple as it should be. There are a few different approaches you can take to get this done, though. Here are the best options in detail along with why you would use each.
HomeKit has become a capable and secure smart home platform. See what it can do, and how to get the most out of all the latest features.
The Internet of Things can be used in many ways, one of which is package tracking. As more people shop online, there's a growing need for efficient, trustworthy, and easy-to-use package tracking systems.
Chamberlain’s MyQ system allows for adding smart home connectivity to your garage door. But is their own bridge device the best way to do that?
From intelligent sensors to advanced navigation systems, here’s everything you need to know to understand the basics of how robot vacuum cleaners do what they do.
Devices and protocols that enable the smart home, from Bluetooth to Z-Wave.
It is no secret that cybercrime is on the increase. Banks and security services are working hard to eradicate it, yet criminals are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to scamming people out of their money.
Z-Wave has been around a long time, see how it works and how it can benefit your smart home.
Band steering is a term thrown around a lot when it comes to Wi-Fi networks, but there is a lot of misunderstanding about it. What does it actually do?
We all use lots of online services that need passwords. How can we manage them safely?
Smart homes benefit from more and better sensors in order to drive smarter automated behaviors. But it can be frustrating being limited to the room level. We look at home Ultra-Wideband technology can solve this.
Whether you’re working from home or running a lot of IoT gadgets VLANs provide a way to exercise more control over your home network’s security.
When it comes to Wi-Fi there is a lot of jargon thrown about. 2.5GHz or 5Ghz? Why not both? Learn what a dual band router is, how it works, and why it’s important for your home network.
What are the security considerations you should think about when working from home? Here are some tech security ideas you should mull over.