While we wait for Ring to deliver some kind of HomeKit support, this Homebridge plugin enables integration with a wide range of devices connecting to the Ring cloud service.
The Rachio 3 is one of the first irrigation controllers to support HomeKit, such as it is, but some users have been having connectivity drop outs. Here’s how to fix it.
The Rachio 3 is a brilliant smart irrigation controller, and the first multi-zone controller to sport HomeKit support. I take a look a real world usage and how HomeKit fits in.
Smart speakers add a lot of utility to the smart home, but there are always privacy considerations when you have an internet connected microphone in your home. What controls does Amazon provide?
By using a suitable integration solution we can tie our smart devices together to create a smart home. In this example we look at using external weather data from the WeatherFlow smart weather station to drive better automation with tado Smart AC Control.
With only minor changes in iOS12, this year was due for some good news. While there are various things that could use some work, such as further enhancements to automation rules and expanded device capabilities, Apple’s focus this year was to push into new territory entirely as well as to deliver some quality of life improvements.
We have some new players in the smart AC control space offering a very similar product to the Sensibo Sky. One of these is the Cielo Breez range, and specifically the Breez Eco, which is a good match for the Sky. Let’s take a look at how these two stack up.
When it comes to finding a smart outlet for your particular application or country, particularly if you are looking for specific platform support. This roundup looks at all the currently available smart outlets with HomeKit support, and groups them by compatible region.
Smart devices are increasingly using big data and machine learning to help us get the results we expect from their use. But without an understanding of how they work, are we exposing our personal lives to faceless reviewers? How does this technology work, and what does it mean for our smart homes?
Smart home hubs are growing in popularity, largely through the necessity of tying dozens of disparate devices together in the home. Logitech’s offering, the Harmony Hub, is a popular choice which has been examined by security firm Tenable and found lacking.
Consumer interest is ramping up in smart home devices in general, and we’re starting to see more options for control of non-ducted air conditioners and heat pumps. We take a look at the three models in the Cielo Breez range of smart AC controllers.
European garden products manufacturer GARDENA announced at CES 2019 that HomeKit support would be coming to the range of smart garden products (known as the GARDENA Smart System). In a refreshing move that support has already rolled out to the Gateway device that provides connectivity to the other devices in the range.
Home weather instruments have long been the province of weather buffs, with various levels of tracking and trending the usual weather data points simply out of interest. For smart home enthusiasts, the availability of external environmental data offers a great deal of practical use.
As your smart home gains devices management of those devices can become somewhat cumbersome without the assistance of logical hierarchies and other organisational tools. These tools vary with the platform and app of your choice, but in the case of Apple’s HomeKit there are a couple of useful features in this area that are overlooked by many users.
The Smart AC Control promises huge energy savings, but that promise is based on dumb AC technology. When using it to add smart features to an inverter-based system, there is a better way. Find out how to use ‘non-thermostatic’ control to provide quieter, more efficient running.