Posts in Smart


How to Pick a Smart Hub In Under 5 Minutes Using HubFinder

Posted on 10th Sep 2020 03:00:25 in General, Smart

Picking a smart hub can be difficult, with so many options, different protocols, and brands, how can you possibly choose? It is for this reason that we have built a tool to assist in deciding which hub is right for you based on a variety of factors that we will discuss in this post. Check out HubFinder using the tools menu at the top of your browser today! Learn all about the factors used to pick a hub here.

HubFinder, a new tool to help you find out which hub is right for you

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How to Easily Connect Siri to Home Assistant

Posted on 7th Sep 2020 13:31:47 in DIY, Smart, Tutorial

As with most things, Apple has its own protocol for smart homes. Personally, I do not find any of the current hub offerings to be worth purchasing, which is unfortunate because the software is pretty well designed. The Home app on both the Mac and the iPhone are super well integrated with Siri and other Apple services, so it would be really great to be able to connect it to your existing smart home. Lucky for us, with Home Assistant it really is super easy to get your Home Assistant devices into the Home app.

Hey Siri, how do I connect you to Home Assistant?

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One of the Most Useful Sensors you Probably Aren't Using

Posted on 6th Sep 2020 16:28:27 in Smart

Door sensors are some of the most common types of sensor in the home. They are often used to trigger an alarm system as they will detect when a door has been opened, allowing the alarm to understand the potentially bad situation that is playing out. These sensors can be used for much more than just alarm systems though, find out how smart door sensors can make your home smarter here!

Smart door sensor

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Why is Smart Lighting so Insanely Expensive?

Posted on 4th Sep 2020 19:34:26 in General, Smart

Many will agree that smart lighting is super convenient, but many will also ask why it is so expensive. The short answer is that it's not! While there are plenty of outrageously priced smart lighting devices out there, there are also many very affordable ways to implement it. First, we'll take a look at why smart bulbs are expensive in the first place and then we will check out various much cheaper alternatives.

Why is smart lighting so expensive?

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When Should you Really Use a Smart Hub?

Posted on 31st Aug 2020 19:42:53 in General, Smart

On this site, we talk a lot about building your own smart devices and other DIY technologies of the like, but when should you use a smart hub and what are the benefits? To find out, we're going to look at some of the benefits a smart hub can bring compared to using standalone devices along with some of the disadvantages you might discover with them.

The Google assistant

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