Home Automation

Home automation is an incredibly useful technology for controlling things around your house, like light switches, bulbs, garage door openers and more.

UniFi Protect Video Surveillance Platform

UniFi Protect Review – Network Video Camera System

I have used UniFi Video around my house since mid-2018, but this year I decided to upgrade to Ubiquiti’s next-generation video surveillance platform UniFi Protect. In this review, I’ll tell you all about how I migrated from UniFi Video 3 to UniFi Protect, and what the differences are between these two video platforms. Overall Rating …

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UniFi Video Camera System

UniFi Video Camera System Review

Ubiquiti’s UniFi Video Camera platform offers professionals and prosumers a compelling alternative to consumer-grade home security camera systems. In this review, I’ll share with you the experience I have made installing and using UniFi Video cameras to monitor our home. The UniFi Video Camera System strikes a reasonable balance between flexibility and ease of use. …

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ecobee Switch+ integrates with the ecobee4 thermostat

ecobee Switch+ Review – Smart Light Switch with Alexa & HomeKit

The ecobee Switch+ is one of the smartest light switches on the market, featuring advanced sensors and seamless integration with ecobee smart thermostats and home automation platforms, such as Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings and others. I have had a good relationship with ecobee ever since I reviewed the original ecobee thermostat and …

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HomeKit Light Switches and Dimmers Review

HomeKit Light Switches & Dimmers – Review

For this article, I have reviewed the best Apple HomeKit-compatible light & dimmer switches. Since I didn’t want to compare apples with oranges, I have separated the review into two sections, starting with HomeKit Light Switches, and followed by HomeKit Dimmers. Reviewed HomeKit Light Switches Product ecobee Switch+ Amazon Eve Light Switch Amazon Leviton Decora …

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LIFX Smart LED lights now work with Apple HomeKit

LIFX Smart LED lights now work with Apple HomeKit

On September 19th, 2017, LIFX finally announced support for HomeKit, Apple’s home automation platform. Support is limited to the third generation LIFX and LIFX + lights and available via a firmware upgrade. Shop mentioned products LIFX Wi-Fi-enabled Smart LEDs (Amazon) About LIFX LIFX makes Wi-Fi-enabled smart LEDs that you can control from your mobile phone. …

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Review: Onelink Environment monitor for the nursery or kids room

Review: Onelink Environment monitor for the nursery or kids room

The Onelink Environment Monitor by First Alert monitors a room’s temperature and humidity and doubles as a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. It is ideal for nurseries or kids rooms, but you can use it in any other room. In this review, I will explain the benefits the Onelink Environment Monitor provides in our home. Infant …

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Is the new ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in Alexa voice service worth the upgrade?

ecobee4 Review And Comparison to ecobee3

ecobee just announced the newest version of its smart thermostat – the ecobee4 with built-in Alexa voice service. I own two of the original ecobee3 thermostats, and in this article, I will tell you if the ecobee4 is worth the upgrade and how it stacks up against the ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Reviewed ecobee Thermostats Product ecobee4 …

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