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The Complete List Of All Smart Home Devices (From 2008 Onwards)

Smart home tech has exploded in popularity over the past decade, and it’s sometimes hard to keep track of every new product which is available – especially when ‘Google Home’…

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A screenshot of the BT Smart Hub 2 (internet router) wireless configuration page, showing which details to change.

Changing WiFi Info On All Devices (Echo, Home etc) At Once?

When thinking about the disadvantages of smart homes, I remembered a time when my internet router broke. I changed this, and so I had to manually re-configure 5 smart home…

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Why smart homes are "bad" - 19 disadvantages

Why Are Smart Homes “Bad”? 19 Disadvantages To Consider

As you can probably guess, I am a fan of smart homes. I love the benefits they can provide to people, and how they are often easy to use –…

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A Netgear network switch installed on a piece of wood in a loft, with three ethernet cables going in and one power cable (for the switch) in the back.

How Power over Ethernet (PoE) Can Improve Your Smart Home

Whilst looking at smart doorbells for my house, I came across the Ring Doorbell Elite – which is powered by an Ethernet cable. This reduces the need for running electrical…

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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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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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Google Play Music logo

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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Part of the advert poster for the Thor-32, an "electric washing machine with Thor All Metal Swining Wringer". The washing machine is pictured, with some cables and a motor visible at the bottom.

The Definitive History Of Smart Home Devices

History is littered with incorrect predictions of what smart homes of the future would look like. Whether it was the LA Times Magazine predicting in 1988 that we’d all have…

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