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Does Amazon Echo Extend Wi-Fi? Is It A Wi-Fi Extender?

A diagram showing the various parts to a home network which doesn't reply on PoE - i.e. an internet supply cable brings internet to the router, which then mainly 'speaks' to the smart components over WiFi. Various power supplies are then required.

Within the last couple of years in particular, working and schooling at home having become more popular – if not essential. To that end, the need for a good, strong Wi-Fi connection is more in demand than ever before.  Besides laptops, desktops, and tablets, many of us also operate a variety of smart home devices. … Read more

Does Amazon’s Smart Plug Work With Google/Nest, HomeKit and More?

Amazon Smart Plug marketing image

Since its introduction, the Amazon Smart plug has become increasingly popular with smart home users around the world. These simple, easy-to-operate smart plugs have helped many turn their normal or ‘dumb’ appliances into smart appliances, making it possible to integrate these appliances into their already functional smart homes. Being manufactured by Amazon, this smart plug … Read more

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

Amazon Smart Plug marketing image

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 who want to integrate their ‘dumb’, or average fixtures (i.e. lamps and air conditioners), into their smart homes. One of the best selling smart plug’s … Read more

Does SwitchBot Need A Hub?

SwitchBot Mini on a table with an Amazon Echo Dot

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, affordable, yet intuitive smart devices are practically in a class of their own.  They complete a variety of functions – from opening and closing curtains, … Read more

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

Philips Hue dimmer switch showing a red (error) light

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 hubs such as Amazon’s Echo, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple HomeKit, just to name a few, this goal of interoperability seemed to become a reality. However, … Read more