A smart plug phone app on top of a person on a train.

Do Smart Plugs Work Away From Home?

When talking about the benefits of smart plugs, I usually give the example of being able to turn your slow cooker on from work, so that you come home to…

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The Ring Alarm base station mounted on a wall above a metal shelf.

Scary Thought: Can The Ring Alarm System Be Jammed?

The Ring Alarm is there to protect you and your house 24/7, right? After all, it’s an alarm system so it should be built to withstand a range of basic…

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A marketing image of the Leviton DW15P-1BW smart plug

Using Smart Plugs With Your Amazon Echo Device

Amazon regularly do bundle offers on smart devices, such as smart plugs with an Echo or Echo Dot. But why are they often included as a bundle – can you…

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Photo showing some of the multipoint latches/locks for my back door.

Smart Lock For Multipoint Door Locks

A lot of smart locks happily advertise that they can be easily installed as they are fully compatible with cylinder-type deadbolts. Whilst a lot of Americans doors use these type…

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Marketing image showing two ecobee air filters.

Are ecobee Air Filters Worth It?

ecobee, the Canadian smart device manufacturer best known for their line of smart thermostats, unveiled a HVAC air filter subscription service in April 2020. You get regular shipments to ensure…

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A standard (non smart) terrier thermostatic radiator valve fitted to a radiator in my house.

Smart Radiator Valves: Worth It? Or Just A Gimmick?

A single-zone smart thermostat can either put the whole house’s heating on, or off. It can’t control individual rooms (well, not without automatic dampers – which are rarely fitted in…

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Ring Protect Plus Plan pricing, with "amazon Prime" text in foreground and a question mark.

Is Ring Protect Free with Amazon Prime?

Ring Protect is a paid-for plan that stores footage from Ring cameras and doorbells in the Ring cloud, ready to access 24/7 (along with extra features for the Ring Alarm…

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August's Smart Lock Pro in exploded view, i.e. showing the individual constituent parts that make up the actual lock and smart lock.

Can Smart Locks Be Rekeyed?

Some smart locks are keyless, not requiring (or allowing) any sort of key at all. However other smart locks come with a physical key, usually as a backup option incase…

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Samsung S10 phone screenshot showing bluetooth, mobile data and GPS (location) turned on, and also the 'IpsGeofence' app that's installed.

Smart Door Locks That Support Geofencing And Auto-Unlock

I sometimes wish that I lived in a posh mansion with a dedicated doorman, but failing that a standard doorman would work just fine: (via GIPHY) Of course, not all…

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An ecobee room sensor on a bookcase shelf.

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

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…

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