Product Reviews and Buyers Guides
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.
Not having a c-wire can be a pain when looking for smart thermostats, but here are some options to get around that.
Smart ceiling fans are a category that lends itself well to automation. Here are the best options for smart ceiling fans available right now.
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?
Smart thermostats offer numerous comfort and energy saving benefits. If you’ve opted for the benefits of Z-Wave this guide has you covered.
Sometimes you want to add smart home control to something that just isn’t smart. Switchbot has the answer to those smart home ‘holes’.
Getting control of your garage door through your smart home has never been easier thanks to this cost effective add-on device from Meross. We take a look at how it works and if it gets the job done.
After a long dry spell, Australia is getting more HomeKit compatible smart plugs
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.
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.
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.
If your blinds are perfectly fine, you don’t need an expensive replacement to make them smart. Soma has the answer with super easy installation and great smart home integration options.
When looking to step up your smart home from just a voice assistant, Wink and SmartThings are common options. We take a good look at both from a platform perspective to help you choose.
Sometimes you want a simple solution for controlling your HomeKit devices, this button does the job.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Motions sensors are the first port of call for many smart home initiates, and they provide some core functionality for triggering activity based on presence, often in conjunction with smart lighting. Two strong candidates are compared in this deep dive article.
Since the Nest Thermostat made it’s smart home debut, there has been a wealth of good smart thermostat options hitting the market for pretty much any platform of your choosing. These devices are great for those with central heating or thermostat controlled ducted air conditioning. But those with stand alone split system air conditioners have been left out in the cold (or heat as the case may be).
While not strictly necessary in an age of voice control and mobile apps, the ability to have a nice, always on dashboard somewhere in the house can be an appealing addition to any smart home. Such a dashboard needs to provide an at-a-glance view of the status of key devices, sensor data, and provide the ability to control aspects of the home conveniently.
If your looking for a quick review of the Amazon Echo Show, and why the new screen is good AND bad, look no futrther than Wired's video review. All your questions answered in just over 4 minutes...maybe.
A look at the raft of exclusive HomeKit sensors coming out of German manufacturer Elgato. If you want to know what they can do, and how well, we have you covered.
How To Guides and Information
Online gaming has certainly progressed over the past decade, and home automation has as well.
Apple’s Home app may not seem to offer much automation complexity compared to more enthusiast focused platforms, but there is a lot more going on under the hood.
When looking to upgrade your thermostat you’ll probably need a c-wire, but what is it?
Even as an established technology, smart home capabilities are still often found lacking when it comes to integration with EVs.
Motorized smart blinds are handy, but commercial offerings can be pricey. Here’s how to do it yourself for much less.
Wineries, sweeping scenery , and amicable locals. Why not enhance that lifestyle with these smart gadgets?
Chamberlain doesn’t support Alexa natively, for reasons. But there are some inexpensive workarounds that will get your MyQ opener working with the popular voice assistant.
Smart home connected pool sensors are not as common as you’d think, but there are some 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.
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.
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.
Some devices may be quite expensive for a student. Thankfully, there are enough much cheaper alternatives up for sale that can be as good or even better as their costlier competitors. Here is our list of top 5 smart gadgets for college students.
Apple’s new Home Theater audio feature allows the use of HomePods in a minimalist, wire free speaker setup for your TV, and now supports Dolby Atmos to boot.
As capable as Alexa is using voice alone, the Alexa app is nonetheless an indispensable part of the Alexa experience, and provides much needed control over your Alexa configuration.
Alexa has grown a lot in both voice and automation capability. Here we look at what you can do with routines, how, and what the current limitations are.
While Apple’s HomeKit has been designed to be easily accessible to the ordinary iPhone user, not having a permanent controlling device results in significant limitations
Smart home automations are cool, but sometimes go off when they’re not wanted. See how to use conditions to create a kind of manual override in HomeKit.
You don’t want to waste two button actions to turn something on and off. Here’s how to use conditions to make a toggle button in HomeKit.
Did you know you can use Siri Shortcuts in your HomeKit automations? Here’s how.
Dummy switches are a handy automation tool in any platform, and this simple plugin for Homebridge make it possible in HomeKit too.
HomeKit automation rules can actually be triggered from any accessory value you have, not just what the Home app allows. See how with these third party apps.
If you’re a HomeKit user, and a Sensibo Sky owner, you really need this hack to bring the two together.
Find out about the third party solution for getting more smart devices into HomeKit.
The Ultimate guide to all things Alexa, from devices to skills. If you have it, or might want it, there’s something for you in here.
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.
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?