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New Video – 5 ANNOYING Hue & Alexa Integration Issues (& How To Fix Them)

YouTube thumbnail for my 'Hue and Alexa integration issue' video, showing me looking annoyed in-front of an Echo and Hue bulb.

Whilst I like controlling my Hue smart lights through Alexa, there are some annoying integration issues between the two, which I explore in more detail in my new YouTube video: The timestamps of each issue in the video is: 0:36 – issue 1 – bulb/room naming confusion 3:56 – issue 2 – Alexa think there’s … Read more

Hue And Alexa Integration Problems (& How To Fix Them)

My Amazon Echo (with a blue ring, in listening mode) next to a Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance box.

I recently started to switch over to smart lighting in my house, and overall I really like the integration with Alexa. After all, being able to control your lights using voice commands to your Echo is much more convenient than pulling out your phone and launching the Hue app. However I have had some integration … Read more

Ecobee Sensors Guide (And Can You Use 3rd Party Sensors?)

An ecobee room sensor on a bookcase shelf.

ecobee produce a range of smart home devices, although they’re best known for their smart thermostat which rivals the Nest Learning Thermostat. ecobee also produce two smart sensors: a SmartSensor for their thermostat, and a SmartSensor for windows and doors (compatible with their ecobee Haven system. There’s also some support for 3rd party sensors. ecobee … Read more

Philips Hue Bridge: How To Circumvent The 50 Bulb Limit

A Philips Hue starter kit, with the text "control up to 50 lights..." overlayed on it.

The Philips Hue Bridge (or the Starter Kits, which ship with a Bridge) are fairly clear about a seemingly unimportant limitation: “the Hue Bridge allows you to connect and control up to 50 lights and accessories” – Hue Bridge marketing information, 2020. When you’re just starting out on your smart phone journey, 50 lights seems … Read more

New Video – How To Stop Your Ring Cameras From Recording: 6 Simple Solutions

YouTube thumbnail for my 'Stop Ring recording' video

To go alongside my ‘How To Stop Your Ring Cameras From Recording‘ text guide, I have just finished recording a video guide for it too: (no Ring cameras were hurt in the filming of this video!) The six approaches are: Option 1 – use modes Option 2 – disable motion detection Option 3 – turn … Read more