Which Ring and Nest Devices Support 5 GHz WiFi?

Phone screenshot showing the WiFi selection of my Ring Indoor Cam, with the prompt asking me if I want to connect to a pre-existing WiFi network.

When it was first released, 5 GHz WiFi was advertised as being faster and sometimes ‘more reliable’ than 2.4 GHz WiFi. Whilst this is broadly true, many Ring and Nest devices still seem to only support 2.4 GHz WiFi. This got me wondering whether this can lead to worse connections for your smart devices, and … Read more

Smart Lights That Change Color Temperature Based on Time of Day (A How-To Guide)

Smart Light with Orange Lighting

Smart lights are awesome, as many people can agree. The ability to control more than one light with just the mere touch of a button or voice command is extremely convenient in a variety of situations.  They’re convenient, they can be festive, and can really help set the mood at home. Smart lighting can affect … Read more

“Turn Off” Ring Alarm: How To Remove The Battery Of The Base Station

The now removed battery within the Ring Alarm Base Station

The Ring Alarm system is great, offering homeowners a simple way to install and manage their home’s security system. But sometimes you want to turn off the alarm system completely, which is difficult considering that the Base Station has a internal battery backup. This article discusses how to turn off the Ring Alarm system (by … Read more

Is Philips Hue Z-Wave or Zigbee? Can It Support Both?!

A Philips Hue White Ambiance E14 single bulb box, with the actual bulb outside it (resting against the box).

Philips Hue’s popularity has earned it a place in the smart homes of many – maybe even yours! And while oftentimes smart lights use Wi-Fi to connect to their respective apps, Philips Hue doesn’t. There seems to be some confusion as to whether they use Zigbee or Z-Wave, or if they can even support both. … Read more

How To Connect ZigBee Light Switches to The Hue Bridge/App

A Lutron Aurora smart switch part of the Friends of Hue program

Smart light switches are still something of a wild west frontier when it comes to smart home technology. They’re just starting to become as popular as the smart lights they control and this means there’s still a lot of conflict when it comes to how they connect to smart hubs. This leaves us with some … Read more

Using Wyze Without a Subscription – What Works and What Doesn’t

Screenshot of the Wyze Cam Plus webpage

In order to help people get the best use out of their cameras, Wyze offers a few subscription services. In addition to Cam Plus, Wyze’s most popular plan, they’ve recently added Cam Plus Lite, Cam Plus Pro, as well as Home Monitoring. These subscriptions add on a few enhanced capabilities, giving you new ways to … Read more

Ring Recordings Have Strange Lights Or Orbs At Night – Why?

A light orb type effect from my Ring Indoor Cam inside my garage with color night vision enabled

Have you been catching some eerie orbs in your Ring camera photos and videos? These orbs could be ghosts, but they are much more likely to be a simple trick of the light! Ring cameras catch orbs due to a photography effect known as backscattering. This happens when small objects, like dust or small insects, … Read more