Ring’s ‘You Are Being Recorded’ Warning: How To Turn On Or Off

Four Toggle Options in the Ring app Doorbell settings

Ring is one of the most popular smart home device manufacturers available today. To keep themselves in the running, they’re constantly upgrading their devices and software. These updates sometimes include new and ever more useful features for their line of smart cameras. One of these recent upgrades, however, has gotten mixed reception. It involves a … Read more

How to Only Run Alexa Routines If You’re At Home

Alexa App Routine Triggers

Routines using Alexa have time and again proved extremely useful in the everyday function of our smart homes. They help make our daily lives that much easier – most of the time. Now, what if you want to take routines a step further? Perhaps you want them to run only when you’re home and can … Read more

Can You Queue Music Up On Amazon Alexa/Echo? If Not, Are There Workarounds?

Add to Queue selection in Amazon Music App

One of the great things about having an Amazon Echo is being able to stream your favorite music while you’re…well, doing anything! From cooking to relaxing, to partying with your friends – music is always a great addition. So it stands to reason that you want your music to play continuously, without interruption. It would be … 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

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

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

Say My Name: A Guide to Amazon Echo’s Voice Recognition Feature

Pronunciation options in Alexa app

The Amazon Echo is a popular fixture in many smart homes. And as anyone who has one knows, it works primarily by responding to voice commands. Via the Alexa app, your Echo can even remember your name and your voice. But how?  How does the voice recognition feature in the Amazon Echo work? And what … Read more

Why Your Ring Battery is Dead After Charging or Hardwiring It

Ring Doorbell brought inside to charge

Some Ring users unfortunately know this scenario all too well – myself included! You’ve just charged your Ring Video Doorbell or its battery. Then, within a couple of weeks or even days, you get the notification that the battery is dying or dead – again! How are you supposed to keep your home secure if … Read more