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Can Smart LED Bulbs and Light Strips SPY On You?

Kitchen with various smart lighting installed, and set to a purple-style color

If this question has never crossed your mind – congratulations, now here’s a new fear! On the other hand, if you have thought about it, well then, you’re probably having an ‘I knew it!’ moment and are going to find this particularly interesting. When we think of our smart devices spying on us, the most likely culprits … Read more

Does Ring Offer 24/7 Recording? (Ring PROMISED This In 2018…) – New Video

Me talking into my phone with the text Why Ring Killed 24 7 Maybe to the left

Back in 2018, Ring promised that you would soon be able to pay extra for 24/7 recording from all “wired” Ring devices (such as the Ring Pro and Ring Floodlight Cam). However it’s now 2021 and… Ring still doesn’t offer continuous 24/7 recording features. This is disappointing but unsurprising – Ring has been promising HomeKit … Read more

Wyze USED To Send Your Data and Videos To China – Do They Still?

Various IoT internet of things devices interacting with the cloud

Talk to just about anyone and they’ll agree that the privacy of their personal information is of the utmost importance. From using complex passwords, keeping important documents locked up and encrypted, and even using special wallets to prevent skimming, it’s easy to see that people go to great lengths to ensure the security of their personal information. … Read more

Does Lutron Caseta Need A Neutral Wire? (Why I Love Lutron)

The wiring inside a UK light switch containing a neutral

As smart technology gets more advanced, it’s beginning to integrate with the core of our homes. This includes wiring it directly into the walls. Smart switches offer incredible potential when it comes to the limits of smart technology. Rather than just having technology attached to your home, this wires the smart technology directly into the … Read more

Is Lutron Caseta A TRIAC Dimmer?

Triac dimmer components and the Triac electrical diagram

A TRIAC lighting control might sound like something out of an old episode of Star Trek, but it’s actually one of the original ways for controlling dimmable lighting. As the world has moved towards the LED standard, TRIAC dimmers have fallen out of fashion. However, there are still plenty of situations where you can make … Read more

Ring Doorbell and Camera Night Vision (What You Need To Know) – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me in night vision mode with the text Rings night vision any good

Since most crime happens at night, a high quality night vision mode is really critical for your security system. As a result I wanted to shoot this video and talk through the pros and cons of Ring’s night vision mode, and also discuss how it works. I also explore Ring’s color night vision mode, and … Read more

Which Smart Lights Support Thread and CHIP/Matter?

Screenshot of the Thread Group homepage

Smart lighting is one of the most popular parts of the modern smart home. With more and more brands popping up, the industry continues to grow exponentially. Smart lighting is essentially lighting of various types that can be controlled wirelessly, using a wireless communication protocol such as Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, or LoRa – just to … Read more