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Can I Use Amazon’s Smart Plug Without Alexa or an Echo?

With the introduction of the smart plug, came a new convenience that has even further enhanced the functionality of today’s smart home. Smart plugs have been a game-changer for those…

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Echo Show 8 front - powered off

Amazon Echo Devices With Zigbee: A Game-Changer?

In today’s modern smart home, Amazon’s Echo devices have become a common and useful item – around a quarter of all American households have one, in-fact! Through Alexa, they perform…

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SwitchBot Mini on a table with an Amazon Echo Dot

Does SwitchBot Need A Hub?

In the ever-growing sector of smart home products arises yet another contender – the SwitchBot.  Released in 2016 on Kickstarter, then in 2017 to the general retail market, these simple,…

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Philips Hue dimmer switch showing a red (error) light

Using Your Philips Hue Dimmer Switch With Alexa – Is It Possible?

The goal of most smart home owners is to get their homes to operate seamlessly and achieve interoperability with all of their smart devices. With the introduction of smart home…

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A LIFX full RGB bulb in my hand

Do LIFX Bulbs Slow Down Or Disrupt Your Wi-Fi Network?

Because of their wide range of colors and overall ease of use, LIFX smart home LED lights have become increasingly popular. Not only do they offer a variety of customizable…

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A LIFX full RGB B22 bulb in its box

Can LIFX Connect To 5Ghz WiFi? Or Is 2.4Ghz Better For Smart Bulbs?

Debuting in 2012, LIFX (pronounced Life – X) introduced a line of smart bulbs that would prove to be a game-changer in the homes of many. Coming to the fore…

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Two full RGB smart bulbs from Hue and LIFX side by side

Can Philips Hue Control Other Bulbs (Smart and Normal Lights)?

One of the greatest appeals of a smart home is the ability to control all of your devices wirelessly, from just about anywhere – in or outside of your home….

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A recently installed Philips Hue v2 bridge which is setup in my loft.

Can Phillips Hue Connect to Wi-Fi (5 Ghz or 2.4 Ghz)?

Today, almost everything is connected by the most popular wireless network protocol – Wi-Fi. Whether it’s the standard 2.4 Ghz frequency, or the newer, faster, 5 Ghz – Wi-Fi is…

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The Ring Smart Lighting Bridge or Hub

Do Ring Cameras and Doorbells Need The Ring Bridge (Hub)?

In 2020, Ring introduced smart lights for the home, as well as the Ring Bridge in order to control these lights. But with this new addition to the Ring family,…

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Why Are Z-Wave Smart Devices Just SO Expensive?

Move aside WiFi: much like the Zigbee protocol, Z-Wave is an alternative way to control your smart home devices. It operates on a mesh network, doesn’t require a lot of…

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