A marketing image of a black Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell (on a white background).

Nest Hello Doorbell: 18 Questions/Answers You Need To Know

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell was released in 2018, and whilst it’s sold decently well, Ring still rules the smart doorbell market. This means that whilst people have lots of…

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YouTube thumbnail showing Tristan, a Nest thermostat and the text "Pointless?" and "A waste of money".

New Video – Smart Thermostats Are Pointless (11 Reasons Why)!

I have posted a new video on YouTube covering 11 reasons why I think that smart thermostats are pointless and can potentially be a waste of money, which is the…

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A Ring Doorbell 2 and Ring Doorbell Pro side-by-side, showing how the Pro is much smaller than the '2'.

Why I Chose The Ring Doorbell Pro For My House

I live in a new build development, and due to a few initial teething issues with the property developer, we all setup a Facebook group to keep each-other informed. A…

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Close-up shot of a surge protected UK 'extension cable' (power strip) using SurgeGuard technology, made by Masterplug.

Smart Plugs: The Surge Protection & Power Strip Guide

Smart plugs are plugged into your wall sockets, and then you plug devices into them. The smart plug’s power can then be controlled with your smartphone app (or Amazon Echo/Google…

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A narrow door frame with a wall jetting out, which would block a lot of a Ring's video capture.

Ring Doorbell With Narrow Installation: Here’s What To Do

The Ring Doorbell is easy to install (according to the marketing): attach the mounting bracket, hook the doorbell over it, fit the security screws – and you’re done. Simple. Then…

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Rolls of conduit/UPVC pipework on the edge of a building site.

Smart Thermostats With Geothermal – What To Be Careful Of

The Nest Learning Thermostat proudly talks of supporting 95% of heating systems, whilst Ecobee also says that it supports “most” systems including geothermal. But do they work properly with geothermal,…

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Zigbee Alliance Connected Home over IP webinar screenshot, showing how multiple leading smart home providers have "converged" to help make this standard.

Getting started with Connected Home over IP

An announcement in December 2019 was welcome news to many in smart home circles: that all the major smart home manufacturers and developers were getting together to produce a standard…

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An example of some Python code from Github (using some open sourced plagiarism-detection-software from the website's owner, Tristan Perry)

Which Programming Languages To Learn For Smart Homes

If you want to take your smart home to the next level, learning a programming language can be a crucial next step. After all, mass-market smart devices can only do…

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Official UK power adaptor for Google Nest Mini 2nd generation, showing: "AC adapter Model G1030 Input: 100-240V-0.4A 50-60Hz Output: 14V=1.1A LPS"

Is The Google Mini Dual Voltage? (And Why This Matters)

If you are travelling or you bought a cheap Google Mini from abroad, you might be wondering whether you are safe to use your Google Home device in another country….

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Phone screenshot showing all activity on registered Amazon Echo/Alexa devices.

Why does my Amazon Echo make random noises?

Having a smart voice assistant like the Amazon Echo is great due to all the smart home features it offers, but sometimes it seems to ‘wake up’ by itself and…

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