Building a smart home is really exciting and when you start you are eager to automate everything. If you've ever felt the need to automate the toilet or create complex systems to manage your lights, you might know that there is some sort of golden formula for successful automations. Some like to measure this using a "significant-other satisfaction index" which tends to be low when things go wrong or are a tad expensive. Let's take a look at 8 awesome rules for building great automations that everyone will like!
When it comes to smart lighting, many will often wonder if a hub is required. The short answer? No. It would be nice if that was all there was to it, but as usual, there are many different nuances that could affect the answer for you. We're going to see how hubless bulbs work and why it's almost always better to use a local hub.
There is no doubt that everyone has experienced some sort of power failure in their lifetime. While power providers have been getting better at maintaining a constant service, situations do arise where it will be interrupted. Sometimes accidents happen and the power will be turned off for safety and other times severe storms can damage infrastructure. Regardless of the reason, the impact is always the same: you lose power to your smart home. Depending on your setup, this can be a big problem. Let's see how we can fix that.
When we are building smart devices ourselves, either to reduce cost or to customize the installation, there are a lot of choices to be made in terms of which components should be used. The most important component to projects in the smart home industry is arguably the microcontroller, which is responsible for keeping everything moving along smoothly. Many will immediately think of board such as the Arduino, while others might be thinking of the ESP8266 or ESP32. Which board should you use to build your DIY project?
Smart bulbs come in all shapes and sizes, with one of those being with a hub or without. The distinction is a bit more particular here when compared to any other smart device since many manufacturers use a proprietary protocol. That means that anyone looking to use their smart bulbs will need to continue buying products from the same vendor. Despite that, there are many advantages to using a smart bulb hub, and we will quickly see why they can be superior to their hubless counterparts.