Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for all the latest smart home tips, tricks and updates!

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

Nest Devices Without A Subscription (What Will/Won’t Work)

After shelling out $230 for the Nest Hello smart doorbell or $399 for the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, you could be forgiven for baulking at the $60 per year “Nest…

Read more »
YouTube thumbnail for my 'Ring Indoor Cam Q&A' video.

New Video – Ring Indoor Cam Q&A: 10 Popular Questions Answered

While I was waiting for my Ring Indoor Cam to be shipped (a whole 24 hours!), I was Googling around to get some answers to questions I had about it….

Read more »
Screenshot of Alexa app, on the Communicate tab, showing Call, Message, Drop In and Announce features.

Alexa & Echo: Are Calls and Messages Free?

The “Communicate” tab on the Alexa app shows various options, including ‘Call’ and ‘Message’. This allows you to contact your Echo devices, but also people in your contact list. So…

Read more »
A Ring Indoor camera removed from the box, but still with the protective plastic films on it.

Ring Indoor Camera: 10 Most Popular Questions Answered

The Ring Indoor Cam was released towards the end of 2019, and whilst it’s been out for a little while now, there’s still quite a few questions being asked about…

Read more »
A Ring Pro attached to a door frame, but without the faceplate - or power being supplied to it (yet).

Can You Change The Ring Doorbell Sound Outside?

When someone presses your Ring Doorbell, an external ‘ringing’ sound is played. One time – not long after installing my own Ring Doorbell Pro – someone pressed the doorbell (without…

Read more »
SpaceX staff working in their control centre during a launch, with lots of computer monitors at each desk each

Is Ring Alarm’s “Professional Monitoring” Worth It?

Ring offer “Professional Monitoring” for their alarm system via the Ring Protect Plus plan, costing $10 per month. This is a lot cheaper than ADT’s $37-$53/month fees, but does Ring’s…

Read more »
YouTube thumbnail for my video covering how smart home tech can help after having a baby.

New Video – Had A Baby? How Smart Home Tech Can Help! (My Top 8 Features)

When you find out that you’re going to be a parent, thinking about smart technology around you home probably isn’t top of your priority list. However smart devices can be…

Read more »
Screenshot from the Ring app's "History" section, with a big red 'x' across it.

Using Ring Devices Without A Subscription: What Won’t Work

The basic Ring Protect plan costs just $30 per year (per device) and it appears to offer a bunch of nice features over and above not having a Ring subscription….

Read more »
Google WiFi System placed on a table

Does Google Home Act As A WiFi Extender?

Google’s range of smart speakers – the Google Home range – are great: they provide a large number of benefits and features for free, and you can also play loads…

Read more »
YouTube thumbnail snippet for my 'Ring Doorbell - All Alexa Sounds' video, showing me talking and the Alexa app.

New Video – Amazon Alexa – All Ring Doorbell Sounds

You can use your Echo (and Fire TV) devices as a doorbell for your Ring devices. There are currently 26 different doorbell sounds you can play via Alexa when someone…

Read more »