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Philips Hue Will Support “Matter” (But NOT Thread): Does This Matter? (… sorry)

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Philips Hue recently confirmed that the Hue ecosystem will soon have a software update to support “Matter”, the connectivity standard that aims to finally introduce a common smart home communication ‘platform’. However this update will be made to the Hue Bridge V2, meaning that individual Hue lights and components will NOT be Matter or Thread … Read more

The Difference Between Amazon Alexa and Echo (The “API Mandate” Is Alive!) – New Video

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People sometimes use the terms “Amazon Alexa” and “Amazon Echo” interchangeably, as though they are the same thing. But they are actually different. Amazon Alexa is the smart cloud platform used by Amazon, and this can be accessed on our phones, through our smart watches, in our cars – and yes, through Amazon Echo. Amazon … Read more

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?

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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?

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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