Does The Ring Stick-Up Cam Come With A Mount? (Should You Buy A Third Party Mount?)

The base of the Ring Indoor and Stick up Cam mount

Ring Stick-Up Cameras are a great choice for smart home enthusiasts who either want to expand their home security technology as well as people just taking their first steps into home automation and security. These cameras are versatile and designed to be attached to a wide range of different surfaces.  If you’ve been worried about … Read more

Does The Ring Stick Up Cam Have a Light?

The Ring Stick Up Cam installed outdoors.

Ring Stick-Up Cameras are a lightweight and easily networked solution for people who want to get the most out of there smart home security. These cameras work with Alexa and the Ring app meaning they are simple-to-setup choices to get started with your smart home system. These cameras are designed to work both indoors and … Read more

Ring Doorbell Wired vs Pro (What’s the difference?!) – New Video

Ring Doorbell Wired vs Pro (with me looking up at them)

I purchased the Ring Doorbell Pro – a purely hardwired Ring doorbell – around a year ago, and it’s working out really nicely for me. But Ring have now announced the Ring Doorbells Wired, which is also purely hardwired. So… what’s the difference between the Pro and Wired versions? And what are the similarities? Well, … Read more

Philips Hue Smart Plug Review: Everything You Need To Know

Philips Hue smart plug box - side view

When I first seen the Philips Hue Smart Plug, I thought “Why’s it 3-4x more expensive than other smart plugs”? I then wondered whether the fact that it’s controllable via Zigbee and Bluetooth offers any major benefit that justifies its price increase? After going out and buying this Hue Smart Plug, I wanted to write … Read more

Philips Hue Motion Sensors in Wet Areas (Bathrooms and Outdoors)

Philips Hue Motion Sensor in an indoor bathroom wet area

Philips Hue smart lights are some of the highest-rated options on the market, with applications in almost every room of the home. One room that sees the most utility from smart lights is in the bathroom. Think about it: you need light during a midnight trip to the bathroom, but you don’t want to be … Read more

Ring and Nest: Video Management Support (Blue Iris, iSpy & ZoneMinder)

A Ring Doorbell Pro in-front of a D-Link ShareCenter NAS, and an SD-card adapter and Ethernet cable on the sides.

One of the key components of smart home security is a security camera. In the modern world, these cameras come in multiple forms: security cameras, video doorbell, and even built-in cameras on smart assistants (like the optional security feature in the Nest Hub Max). The ability to access these feeds at any time of day, … Read more

Philips Hue Multiple Motion Sensors (In a Room & Time of Day)

My Philips Hue motion sensor in setup mode

The true measure of a smart home is the amount of convenience it lends, paired with how much user intervention is needed for devices to operate as desired. The Philips Hue Motion Sensor allows your smart lights to react as programmed the moment motion is detected, but that isn’t to say they are without flaw. … Read more

Can Phillips Hue Connect to Wi-Fi (5 Ghz or 2.4 Ghz)?

A recently installed Philips Hue v2 bridge which is setup in my loft.

Today, almost everything is connected by the most popular wireless network protocol – Wi-Fi. Whether it’s the standard 2.4 Ghz frequency, or the newer, faster, 5 Ghz – Wi-Fi is the standard form of wireless communication for most. Wi-Fi is used for most things; from the apps on our phones, to many of the smart … Read more

New Video – Smart Plugs With A PHYSICAL Remote (Why & How!?)

YouTube thumbnail showing me holding up a Hue Smart Plug and a Hue dimmer switch

I was recently playing around with a smart plug, and I didn’t have an Echo device – or my smartphone – nearby. I therefore started wondering whether it was possible to control the smart plug with a physical remote. As it turns out, there’s quite a few options open to you – but funnily enough, … Read more

Do Ring Cameras and Doorbells Need The Ring Bridge (Hub)?

The Ring Smart Lighting Bridge or Hub

In 2020, Ring introduced smart lights for the home, as well as the Ring Bridge in order to control these lights. But with this new addition to the Ring family, some questions have arisen. Many Ring users have begun to wonder if the Ring Bridge is, or will become, necessary to connect not just lights, … Read more