The Top 4 Best Home Automation Software For Windows

Updated on 18th Apr 2021 17:07 in General, Smart

You may have seen our Ultimate Guide to Home Automation Software and been wondering what you can run on Windows. You may also simply be looking for home automation software that runs on Windows. Either way, most of the software presented in our guide is optimized to run on Linux. That means they will either be difficult to install or will refuse to work at all under Windows. In this article, we will take a look at home automation software that is compatible with Microsoft Windows.

4 Awesome Automation Software for Windows

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The Ultimate Guide to Kettles That Work With Smart Plugs

Updated on 5th Apr 2021 21:44 in DIY, General, Smart

Let's say you were fed up that your kettle didn't notify you when it was done or that you can't have it start boiling on a schedule so it can be ready in the morning. You might have seen our post on building a DIY smart kettle using only a smart plug, or maybe this thought occurred to you naturally. In either case, it's crucial that you use the right kettle for this purpose, or you could run into some serious problems. Here we will look over some kettles that will work perfectly for this purpose, along with gaining a deeper understanding of why we need specific models in the first place.

Kettles that work with smart plugs

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How Many Hue Hubs Do You Need? Find Out Easily Here

Updated on 29th Mar 2021 22:44 in General, IoT, Smart

So you want to get Philips Hue so you can turn the lights off remotely or ask Alexa to do it for you. You might even already have the Hue ecosystem and are looking to expand beyond basics. In either case, you might be wondering how many Hue bridges or hubs you need for everything to work smoothly. The direct answer is that a single hub can support up to 50 bulbs comfortably and an absolute maximum of 62. Have more devices than that? You won't be able to use a single hub. As with most things, the solution is not always straightforward - which is why we will take a deep dive into the answer.

How many Hue Hubs or Bridges do you need?

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Top 4 Best Ways to Automate Your Garage Door With Zigbee

Updated on 14th Mar 2021 16:52 in General, Smart

Tilt sensors are generally sought after due to their ability to detect a garage door's current state. Those using Smartthings or Alexa hub will want to get a sensor natively compatible with these systems, which requires that they use the Zigbee wireless protocol. If you've ever searched for these, you'll know that they seem to be quite rare, making them difficult to find. There are some other ways to detect that the garage is open or closed, though, and that's what we will see in a moment.

Zigbee tilt sensors and other methods of detection

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How to Use Z-Wave Smart Plugs Outside With GFCI Safely

Updated on 21st Feb 2021 22:25 in General, Smart

When most people think of a smart home, they think of lights turning on and off themselves or coffee being made automatically in the morning. All of these things are related in one crucial way: they use electricity. A computer can send them commands by transmitting data wirelessly to the desired device. What about outdoors or other locations where water could be present? You need to be careful as water combined with electricity can be dangerous. Let's see how we can use a Z-Wave plug in areas such as the outdoors or a bathroom.

Using smart plugs outdoors isn't simple

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