Should You use Smart Home Access Control?

Updated on 31st Aug 2020 20:28 in IoT, Smart

Smart homes allow all sorts of devices to be remotely controlled from timers, apps, and even other devices! One type of device that gets talked about less is smart home access control - things like door handles, deadbolts, or even non-intrusive designs. There are three basic types of commercially available smart locks, and we're going to go into each one to see what benefits they offer compared to other options.  We'll also investigate the security implications of using these devices in your home.

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What are the Types of Smart Bulbs?

Updated on 31st Aug 2020 20:28 in General, Smart

Smart bulbs are a fascinating purchase that can make your home feel a lot interesting. One of the things that make buying these bulbs is the sheer amount of products available on the market. A quick search on Amazon returned thousands of results, and they all kind of look the same. So how do you know which one to pick? Today we're going to talk about the types of smart bulbs that are available and why someone might pick each one.

Incandescent bulbs

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What are the Best Platforms for DIY IoT and Smart Devices?

Updated on 31st Aug 2020 20:28 in DIY, IoT, Smart

If you like to do things your self, it's possible you've thought of creating a smart or Internet of Things (IoT) device that responds to your specific needs. While there exist many commercial options that have come down in cost significantly in the last few years, there are cases where none of these will work well enough for what you need. Sometimes you might also just want to have some fun and build the solution your self, after all, that's what DIY is all about. Find out what IoT platforms are available and which one is best.

ESP8266 with an Arduino clone

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How To Easily Use Multiple Smart Bulbs In One Fixture

Updated on 5th Mar 2021 15:28 in Home Assistant, IoT, Smart

Some use cases for smart bulbs involve lamps with multiple sockets. These situations can present some interesting problems, such as figuring out how to use multiple smart bulbs in one fixture within your smart home software. Normally, they all appear as individual lights and turning off the lamp involves using multiple switches. Find out how to easily put multiple bulbs under the same light to make controlling them a breeze!

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Getting Started with DIY Smart Home Tech for Cheap

Updated on 31st Aug 2020 20:30 in DIY, Home Assistant, IoT, Smart

Smart homes are becoming more and more popular and with the "Internet of Things" (IoT) quickly gaining traction you might be wondering how you can get a piece of this futuristic pie. One of the common problems when starting a smart home is that there are so many different options that it can be overwhelming to know which one you should choose. Today we're going to cover an excellent choice when it comes to DIY smart home technology - one that is free, open to many completely different vendors, and easy to let your imagination run wild with. Learn how to use Home Assistant to get started on your smart home adventure...

Raspberry Pi which can be the brain of your home for cheap

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