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How Much Internet (Bandwidth) Does Ring Use?

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Ring devices are some of the most common smart technologies out there today. This company makes everything from smart security systems to home lighting. It would be great to have a full home of Ring technology, but how much internet data would that take? Ring systems are dominantly WiFi based. This means that they are … Read more

Amazon Smart Plug Multiple User Guide: How To Make This ‘Work’

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The Amazon smart plug is a great way to transform your pre-smart home technology into something a little more state of the art. You can use these plugs to bring your old lighting, appliances, and most other eclectic devices into the smart home fold. One of the biggest challenges with transforming everything into smart technology … Read more

Can Amazon Echo Identify Songs (Shazam Style)? [Not quite…] – New Video

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Amazon Echo is a useful smart speaker: it has multiple microphones to listen to external sounds, and it can also play music. So… y’know… surely it can listen to playing music and tell you what song is playing, right? After all, Shazam can do this fine? Well as it turns out… NO, no it can’t. … Read more

Philips Hue White vs White Ambiance vs Color Ambiance – New Video

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The three Philips Hue color types (White, White Ambiance, and full Color) might seem confusing at first – especially if you are new to smart lighting. Thankfully the differences aren’t all that difficult to understand, as this video covers. I also cover which of the three color types I prefer. 0:00 Intro 1:11 Philips Hue … Read more

Does Amazon’s Smart Plug Work With Google/Nest, HomeKit and More?

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Since its introduction, the Amazon Smart plug has become increasingly popular with smart home users around the world. These simple, easy-to-operate smart plugs have helped many turn their normal or ‘dumb’ appliances into smart appliances, making it possible to integrate these appliances into their already functional smart homes. Being manufactured by Amazon, this smart plug … Read more

Ring Camera & Doorbell Signal Strength (RSSI) – How To Fix Poor WiFi Connections – New Video

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Ring cameras and doorbells are great… when they have a strong Wi-Fi signal strength, that is. When they have a weak signal, you may experience a range of issues from missing recordings to poor quality video. Thankfully the Ring app makes it easy to see whether a weak Wi-Fi signal is at fault due to … Read more