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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.
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.
Linking your smart locks and your security system makes sense, there’s some obvious synergies to be had. For users of the Ring Alarm system we’ve gone through all the options and picked the best smart locks to choose.
HomeKit users now have more options for indoor security cameras to keep an eye on things, while still protecting our privacy. We look at the best options available right now.
The Canary Flex is a versatile and solid home security camera with (not so) small frustration: charging the damn thing. Here’s how to do it reliably every time.
So you want a wireless doorbell? There’s good reasons for that, but the selection in Australia can be a little constrained. Let’s take look at the best options on offer.
We’re facing more and more subscriptions for services these days, but do we really need to pay for doorbell video storage? Here are 7 options to avoid that extra ongoing cost.
Smart locks usually require modifying your door hardware, but sometimes that’s not an option. Nuki provides an alternative that easily fits over your existing lock.
Devices that make your home smarter and your life easier, and the platforms that enable those devices to work together seamlessly.
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.
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.
Smart blinds offer genuine opportunities for automation in the smart home, but finding a good option for your platform of choice can be hard. Hunter Douglas has a professional offering that supports all the major platforms, and delivers the goods.
Siri has a number of options when it comes to language, voice, accent, and how it refers to us by name. Here’s how to access and change those settings, and what it means to do so.
While there may not be many ceiling fans that support HomeKit, it’s worth getting them into your setup for the convenience and automation potential. We explore the ways to do this for any fan you may have.
Yes, smart showers are a thing. You can go the whole hog with a complete smart home integrated spa system, complete with Netflix, or you can go with something more humble. We take a look at all the options.
Devices and protocols that enable the smart home, from Bluetooth to Z-Wave.
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.
WiFi is everywhere, and we all depend on it now, but are you up to speed on the current jargon? We’ve got you covered with this concise guide to all things WiFi.