Rolls of conduit/UPVC pipework on the edge of a building site.

Smart Thermostats With Geothermal – What To Be Careful Of

The Nest Learning Thermostat proudly talks of supporting 95% of heating systems, whilst Ecobee also says that it supports “most” systems including geothermal. But do they work properly with geothermal,…

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Zigbee Alliance Connected Home over IP webinar screenshot, showing how multiple leading smart home providers have "converged" to help make this standard.

Getting started with Connected Home over IP

An announcement in December 2019 was welcome news to many in smart home circles: that all the major smart home manufacturers and developers were getting together to produce a standard…

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An example of some Python code from Github (using some open sourced plagiarism-detection-software from the website's owner, Tristan Perry)

Which Programming Languages To Learn For Smart Homes

If you want to take your smart home to the next level, learning a programming language can be a crucial next step. After all, mass-market smart devices can only do…

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Official UK power adaptor for Google Nest Mini 2nd generation, showing: "AC adapter Model G1030 Input: 100-240V-0.4A 50-60Hz Output: 14V=1.1A LPS"

Is The Google Mini Dual Voltage? (And Why This Matters)

If you are travelling or you bought a cheap Google Mini from abroad, you might be wondering whether you are safe to use your Google Home device in another country….

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Phone screenshot showing all activity on registered Amazon Echo/Alexa devices.

Why does my Amazon Echo make random noises?

Having a smart voice assistant like the Amazon Echo is great due to all the smart home features it offers, but sometimes it seems to ‘wake up’ by itself and…

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

12 Awesome (And Easy) Ways To Achieve Home Automation

Home automation can be achieved in a range of ways. With so much smart tech available nowadays, you can pretty much look around your house and find ways of automation…

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A mobile phone screenshot showing all devices controlled by the Amazon Alexa app, including Fire sticks, Echo Dots and Echos.

Full Guide: What Is Home Automation And How Does It Work?

“Home automation is the future”, they say. But what exactly is ‘home automation’? We might think of a coffee maker that automatically brews your coffee when your alarm goes off,…

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New Video – How To Play Free Music (With Zero Ads) On Your Google Mini

I have posted a new video on YouTube covering how to play free music (with zero ads) on a Google Mini/Google Nest Mini device, which is part of my ‘Does…

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Does Google Home (& Mini) Need a Music Subscription?

The Amazon Echo offers over two million songs as part of Amazon Prime, but Google doesn’t have a similar membership scheme. Also the ‘small print’ of the Google Mini and…

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

11 Reasons Why Smart Thermostats Are Pointless

“My smart thermostat has really improved my home life” – said no one ever. When smart ‘learning’ thermostats burst onto the scene in 2011, they did so to great fanfare….

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