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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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A Philips Hue starter kit (B22), and four E14 White Ambiance bulbs.

Why Are Zigbee Smart Devices Just SO Expensive?

In today’s connected world, there are many ways for devices to interact with one another. While most people opt for the more popular options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, there are…

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Woman Controlling Smart Plug Using App On Mobile Phone

Smart Plugs With A Physical Remote: Why, How & What To Buy

Smart plugs are pretty useful devices – allowing you to easily control your appliances with a phone app, preset timers, and even your voice. But it’s not always practical to…

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A marketing image of the 2019 ecobee SmartThermostat black model with the temperature being displayed on screen.

How Ecobee Smart Thermostats Work With Underfloor Heating

If you are someone who doesn’t like stepping onto a cold floor in the middle of the winter and would prefer to wake up with a cup of coffee instead,…

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My BT HomeHub internet WiFi router in my garage, with a flashing purple light meaning it can't connect to the internet.

Using Smart Plugs To Turn Your Internet (WiFi Router) Off & On

One of the benefits of smart plugs that I’ve recommended a few times is the ability to turn the internet (i.e. your WiFi router) on and off via the smart…

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Two Google Nest thermostats in store, the Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen and Thermostat E.

Nest Thermostats and Underfloor Heating: Latest Info Guide

Underfloor heating provides soft, gentle heating from underfoot throughout the day, giving a nice, natural feel to a house’s heating provision. This is especially compared to an occasional blast of…

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The back of someone leaving a property, as captured by a Ring Doorbell 1 device.

Are Smart Homes Dangerous? 18 Worrying (Hidden) Risks

I’ve loved smart homes since I purchased my first Amazon Echo device (well, apart from when Alexa completely mishears me…!). I’ve since purchased a range of other smart devices, and…

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A LIFX full RGB bulb in my hand

LIFX Bulb Behavior After A Power Outage (Will This Change?)

After much soothing, your baby is finally asleep. You tuck them in for the night, dim (or turn off) your LIFX smart lights and slowly close the door, inching away…

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A diagram showing how Google's Wi-Fi router and points work, and how they extend your house's WiFi coverage (even to outdoor WiFi products).

Zigbee vs Z-Wave vs WiFi vs Bluetooth: What’s Best?!

I remember when I first started getting into smart homes. I was happily running a few (WiFi based) Echo speakers, but I started to hear terms like ‘Zigbee’ and ‘Z-Wave’…

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SpaceX staff working in their control centre during a launch, with lots of computer monitors at each desk each

Is Ring Alarm’s “Professional Monitoring” Worth It?

Ring offer “Professional Monitoring” for their alarm system via the Ring Protect Plus plan, costing $10 per month. This is a lot cheaper than ADT’s $37-$53/month fees, but does Ring’s…

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