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

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

The basic Ring Protect plan costs $40 per year (per device) and it appears to offer a bunch of nice features over and above not having a Ring subscription. But after shelling out hundreds of dollars on Ring devices, you might be forgiven for wondering whether you can skip paying the extra Protect fees too. … Read more

Wyze Smart Bulbs Not Pairing Or Getting Past Setup Stage (How to Fix)

Add a Lighting Device in the Wyze App

Even though they’re a less known member of the Wyze family, Wyze smart bulbs are gaining popularity. This is particularly among established Wyze users as it gives them the ability to control their smart cameras and lights from one central location – the Wyze app.  But even the best-laid plans sometimes run into hiccups. Some … Read more

Thread and Matter Are NOT The Same: Key Differences Explained – New Video

Me looking upwards confused at the slash in Thread and Matter

Smart homes are great, other than the fact that there are hundreds of devices from dozens of main manufacturers – leading to various incompatibilities and integration issues. While ‘smart hubs’ can help with this problem, they can only do so much. That’s why the Matter project is so important, which this video explains. I also … Read more

Which Ring And Nest Cameras Are PoE (Power over Ethernet)?

Various Ring doorbells and cameras in a UK store.

Power over Ethernet involves using the multiple wire strands within an Ethernet cable to send both data and electrical power. This allows the end device to be fully powered by the Ethernet cable, whilst also having full internet connectivity without the need for WiFi. None of Nest’s cameras nor doorbells support power over Ethernet (without … Read more

Echo Podcast & Audio Book Support: Can You Speed Up/Slow Them Down?

Podcast on Amazon Music with play speed

In this digital age, it’s becoming more common for people to listen to audiobooks as opposed to reading actual physical books. Couple with that the fact that most people are incredibly busy, and taking time to sit down and read is becoming less commonplace.  Podcasts, with the wide variety of topics they cover, have also … Read more

Make Ring Footage Better: Can You Enhance Or Upscale Recordings?

Using VLC Player's "Interactive Zoom" feature to zoom in on part of a Ring.com video clip.

Ring’s smart cameras and doorbells are supposed to give you near instant video so you can keep track of your home, but what happens when the pics and videos Ring cameras take are too distorted to see anything useful? Ring pictures and videos can be enhanced by first making sure you’re getting the best quality … Read more