What transformer should I use with The Ring Doorbell 2?

What transformer should I use with The Ring Doorbell 2?

Learn what doorbell transformers you can use that are compatible with the Ring Doorbell 2. We teach you what you need to know to identify the voltage of your existing doorbell transformer and what tools to use to upgrade your transformer to be compatible with the Ring Video Doorbell 2. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 can work on it’s internal batteries for up to 6 months or if you want to hardwire the Ring Doorbell you won’t need to change the batteries and it will make the Ring Video Doorbell 2 more reliable. To provide enough power for the Ring Doorbell 2 the transformer needs to supply between 16-24V AC to function properly. Depending on your existing doorbell setup you will need to upgrade to a 16V-30VA transformer or a 24V-40VA transformer for the Ring Doorbell 2. We cover everything you need to know to find the right transformer for your Ring Doorbell 2. www.onehoursmarthome.com

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Do nest cameras work with Alexa?

Do nest cameras work with Alexa?

Does Alexa work with nest wifi cameras? Yes, Both the Echo Show & Echo Spot work with all nest wifi cameras. We show you how you can connect your nest wifi cameras to any Amazon Alexa device that has a screen. We also teach you what the Amazon Alexa can do with the nest cameras and review other smart wifi cameras that work with Alexa.

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How Long Do The Batteries Last In The Nest x Yale Smart Lock?

How Long Do The Batteries Last In The Nest x Yale Smart Lock?

How long will the batteries last on your Nest x Yale lock? When should you replace the batteries on your Nest x Yale Lock? We cover how long the batteries have lasted for us in our testing of the nest smart lock and what type of batteries you can use to replace the existing batteries in the Nest x Yale lock. We cover an option for using rechargeable batteries in the nest lock and what you can do if your lock batteries die and you are locked out of your house. We also cover how to change your batteries in your Nest x Yale Lock.

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Nest vs Nest E the Smart Thermostat Showdown.

Nest vs Nest E  the Smart Thermostat Showdown.

We review the features of the Nest vs Nest E thermostat to help you decide which smart thermostat is best for you. The Nest Thermostat Generation 3 has more features and a higher end design than the Nest E thermostat. The Nest E still gets the job done but does not have the same high end look as the Nest Gen 3 thermostat. The Nest E is a lower cost vs the Nest Generation 3 thermostat and will still save you energy but do the cost savings justify the plastic design vs the smooth polished high end metal design of the Nest Generation 3 Thermostat.

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Top 15+ Smart Home Blogs

Top 15+ Smart Home Blogs

We cover the top 15+ smart home blogs to help you automate your smart home. We cover smart home blogs with how to videos, installation guides and smart home product review sites to help you on your smart home process. The smart home space is relatively new and we are constantly updating our list, to provide the best list of smart home blogs. If you have a suggestion for a blog we should add please email us at info@onehoursmarthome.com or post a comment below and we will add the smart home blog to our top smart home blog list after we conduct our review of the smart home blog.

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New Amazon Echo Show VS Echo Spot

New Amazon Echo Show VS Echo Spot

The New Amazon Echo Show vs Amazon Echo Spot: Which echo device should you get? We compare the features of the the new Amazon Echo Show (Launched Sept. 20180 and the Echo Spot to give you a run down of the their similarities and differences. The new Echo Show and Echo Spot are the only two Alexa devices that currently have a screen and Amazon is constantly adding video features for both devices. The Echo Spot is a lower cost option but the New Echo Show has an integrated smart hub with Zigbee device control. Both have good sound quality and include the full suite of Amazon Alexa features but is the smart home hub and feature larger screen worth the extra cost? Which echo device fits better into your design style? The Echo Spot is more subtle while the New Echo Show makes a statement. We give you all the information you need in comparing the New Echo Show vs Echo Spot to make the right choice on your amazon echo device selection.

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Does the nest thermostat work with google home?

Does the nest thermostat work with google home?

Does Google Home work with the nest thermostat? Yes, Google Home works with the nest thermostat to provide full voice control of your nest thermostat. With your google home connected to your nest thermostat you set the temperature or change between heating and cooling modes. We teach you how to set up Google Home to control your nest thermostat with your voice. We also teach you the best voice commands for google home to control your nest thermostat. Google Home control works with all Google Home products including the google home mini smart speaker.

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Does the nest thermostat generation 2 work with Alexa?

Does the nest thermostat generation 2 work with Alexa?

Does Alexa work with the nest generation 2 thermostat? Yes, the nest gen 2 thermostat does work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up the nest thermostat to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat. We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your nest generation 2 thermostat.

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Does the nest thermostat generation 3 work with Alexa?

Does the nest thermostat generation 3 work with Alexa?

Does Alexa work with the nest generation 3 thermostat? Yes, the nest thermostat does work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up the nest thermostat to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat. We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your nest generation 3 thermostat.

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Where is Amazon Go In Chicago?

Where is Amazon Go In Chicago?

Where is Amazon Go In Chicago? The nations second Amazon Go Store is located at 115 S. Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60606. The new Amazon Go store is located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and provides Amazon Customers with a hassle free shopping experience. There is not even a cashier or cash register inside the Amazon Go store, everything is automatically charged to your Amazon account when you take something out of the store. It Kind of feels like your are stealing something but Amazon Go is the future of retail, with smart cameras on the ceiling it tracks what you have picked up and makes for a seamless shopping experience.

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Does Sonos Work With Alexa?

Does Sonos Work With Alexa?

Does Sonos work with Alexa? Yes, Sonos works with Alexa and we teach you how to set up your sonos device to control it with Amazon Alexa. The Sonos One & the Sonos Beam have Amazon Alexa control built directly into the speakers with a full array microphone and Amazon Alexa control. Setting up your Sonos with Amazon Alexa Voice commands is an easy, quick process that adds additional functioanllity to your Sonos speaker and your Amazon Alexa.

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Amazon Echo vs Amazon Echo Plus: Which Amazon Echo Should You Get?

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Echo Plus: Which Amazon Echo Should You Get?

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Echo Plus: Which echo device should you get? We compare the features of the Echo and the Echo Plus to give you a run down of the their similarities and differences. The echo is a lower cost option but the Echo Plus has an integrated smart hub. Both have good sound quality and include the full suite of Amazon Alexa features but is the smart home hub feature worth the extra cost? Which echo device fits better into your design style. The echo is more subtle while the echo plus has a more obvious design. We give you all the information you need in comparing the echo vs echo plus to make the right choice on your amazon echo device selection.

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Is Sonos Worth it?

Is Sonos Worth it?

Is Sono’s Worth it? We go through all the features of the sonos speaker and why the Sono’s speakers are worth the premium price for your home audio system. I’ve had a Sono’s in my home for years and with every month if feels like Sono’s is adding additional functionality and services. Sono’s now works with Amazon Alexa giving you full voice control of your home. The Sono’s One & Sonos Beam both have amazon alexa built into the speaker and are fully integrated with the alexa smart services. Is Sonos worth it? Our vote is an resounding yes.

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How should you wire your new home for a Smart Thermostat?

How should you wire your new home for a Smart Thermostat?

What wire should you use for your new home to ensure that it will work with the nest thermostat, ecobee thermostats or other smart thermostats? If you are wiring a new home you should always use at least 5 wires if you have a standard HVAC system and 8 wires if you have a heat pump or multi stage heating and cooling. Smart thermostats like the nest thermostat should be wired with 5 wires to ensure that they have constant power to provide the best connection and best thermostat functionality. If you are wiring a new home and your HVAC contractor or Electrician is unsure of how many wires to use, make sure you use the 8 strand wire we recommend in our post to ensure your new home is compatible with a smart thermostat.

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How to link Alexa to Spotify: Alexa Spotify Commands

How to link Alexa to Spotify: Alexa Spotify Commands

Alexa Spotify Commands will make listening to music even easier. We review how to link Alexa to Spotify and the common Alexa commands you can use while listening to music on your Alexa Echo smart speaker while streaming Spotify. There is not a Spotify skill in the amazon Alexa skill store. You link the Spotify service by choosing it under the music, movies and media menu tab, then follow the Spotify login instructions to connect Alexa to Spotify.

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Netflix 4k Cost: How much is it for a monthly Netflix 4K subscription

Netflix 4k Cost: How much is it  for a monthly Netflix 4K subscription

Netflix 4K Cost: $13.99 per month. Is Netflix 4K worth the cost? Yes, you will notice the upgraded streaming content if you own a 4K ultra HD TV. The Netflix basic plan does not include HD streaming, but the standard Netflix plan does include HD streaming but does not include 4K streaming. The only way to get Netflix 4K streaming is to pay for the upgraded Netflix premium plan. Netflix 4K annual cost is $167.88 yearly. Over 10 years you would spend $1,678.88 on a Netflix premium subscription.

You will also need a compatible streaming 4K TV with built in smart TV services or a Streaming 4k plug in device such as Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Cube.

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What batteries should you use for your nest protect smoke detector?

What batteries should you use for your nest protect smoke detector?

What batteries should you use for your nest protect smoke detector? How do you replace your nest smoke detector batteries. The nest smoke detector requires that the manufacturer recommended batteries be used when replacing the nest smoke detector batteries, as using off brand batteries can cause the device to malfunction. The nest protect smoke detector requires Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA L91 Batteries for replacement. These are the same batteries that the nest smoke detector comes with straight from the factory. We also answer common questions about the nest smoke detector. Does the nest smoke detector work with alexa? How often should you change your nest smoke detector batteries? How do you know if your nest smoke detector batteries are low? How many batteries does the nest smoke detector require? Does the nest smoke detector work with google home?

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Does the nest X yale lock work with Amazon Alexa?

Does the nest X yale lock work with Amazon Alexa?

Does the nest smart lock work with alexa? No, the nest x yale smart lock does not currently work with Alexa, but the google home mini does allow for full voice command control of the nest x yale smart lock. We cover all of the nest devices you can connect to alexa and what nest devices don’t work with amazon alexa. Currently the nest thermostat, nest cameras and nest smart doorbell all work with amazon alexa. The nest protect smoke detectors, and nest security system don’t work with alexa.

If you want to have voice control of your nest x yale smart lock you will need to use either a google home device or you can download the google assistant app on your phone for full voice control of the nest x yale smart lock. With voice commands you can lock your nest smart lock or check to see if the nest lock is unlocked or locked.

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