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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

Can Ring Pathlights Stay On? How Do You Charge Them?

Rings smart lighting pathlight solar installed down a path

Since their introduction in 2018, Ring’s smart lighting has become a popular addition in the modern smart home, especially with those who already use Ring products. Their line of smart lighting includes Floodlights, Steplights, Spotlights, Motion Sensors, and even pedestal Pathlights. Ring’s Pathlights not only look inviting as they light the path up to your … Read more

No, Ring Does NOT Offer True “Full HD” Quality – New Video

Picture of me talking with half of me being really pixelated

People quite rightly think that when a company advertises “full HD” quality… the image quality matches expected full HD (1080p) quality. Seems obvious, right?! Well unfortunately this isn’t really the case. Whilst Ring’s cameras and doorbells tend to have a 1920x1080p resolution, the all-important bit rate is a measly 2.5 Mbps – which is closer … Read more

How Much Internet (Bandwidth) Does Ring Use?

Ring and Philips Hue internet usage from my BT HomeHub

Ring devices are some of the most common smart technologies out there today. This company makes everything from smart security systems to home lighting. It would be great to have a full home of Ring technology, but how much internet data would that take? Ring systems are dominantly WiFi based. This means that they are … Read more

Amazon Smart Plug Multiple User Guide: How To Make This ‘Work’

Alexa app - give permissions for contacts

The Amazon smart plug is a great way to transform your pre-smart home technology into something a little more state of the art. You can use these plugs to bring your old lighting, appliances, and most other eclectic devices into the smart home fold. One of the biggest challenges with transforming everything into smart technology … Read more