Best HomeKit Smart Locks

Best HomeKit Smart Locks

We cover the best HomeKit compatible smart locks and how they can be used in your smart home.

If you are in the market for a smart lock that works with HomeKit there are several options that will provide the best user experience, easy installation and great compatibility with Siri and HomeKit. I’ve had a smart lock installed on my home for years and it has made my life easier by no longer needing to take keys with me on short errands, walks with my dog or when I go for a run.

Smart locks that work with HomeKit will allow you to control you’re smart lock from your phone but they will also allow you to control your smart lock using homeKit and Siri voice commands to lock or unlock your door by saying “Siri, lock my door”

A HomeKit enabled smart lock is a great way to upgrade your front door to allow full remote access, manage user codes and track the history of who has entered your house.

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Best HomeKit Thermostats

Best HomeKit Thermostats

We review the best home kit thermostat for your smart home. Adding a smart thermostat that is compatible with HomeKit will allow you to use your Siri on your phone to control your HomeKit compatible thermostat with your voice.

You can say things like “Siri set the heat to 70 degrees” to control your thermostat without the need to touch your thermostat.

There is a large number of smart thermostats that work with HomeKit but there are a few that provide exceptional features, simplicity and great design. We cover the best HomeKit smart thermostats as well as provide the full list of smart thermostats that are compatible with HomeKit and Siri.

In our review we found the Ecobee and Sensi Thermostats to be the best HomekIt thermostats, also followed by Mysa smart thermostats which provides great HomeKit control for high voltage electric baseboard heating systems.

If you are looking for a smart home thermostat that is compatible with HomeKit our guide should help you make the right decision on the best HomeKit Thermostat for you.

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Nest Lock Won't Fit, Nest Lock Won't Work, How To Fix and Install Your Nest x Yale Lock

Nest Lock Won't Fit, Nest Lock Won't Work, How To Fix and Install Your Nest x Yale Lock

We teach you how to install a Nest x Yale smart lock that won’t fit. We cover the most common issues people run into when trying to install a Nest x Yale smart lock and solutions on how to get your Nest smart lock to work.

Installing a Nest lock is a great way to add security and connivence to your home but many people run into issues when installing their nest lock. Sometimes the existing deadbolt hole is too small for the nest lock, but we cover an easy way to enlarge the hole with two tools.

Other people run into issues when they attempt to close the door and the Nest x Yale lock wont latch. But don’t worry that’s an easy fix also. We teach you how to get your Nest x Yale smart lock latching smoothly every time.

We empower you with the tools and supplies you need to get your Nest smart lock installed the right way and how to troubleshoot your Nest smart lock installation.

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Best Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Apple HomeKit

Best Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Apple HomeKit

We cover the best smart light bulbs that work with Apple Home Kit. If you are looking a smart wifi light bulb that works with HomeKit you have come to the right place.

There is a wide variety of smart light bulbs that work with HomeKit but they all work in slightly different ways. A smart light bulb allows you to control your light bulb from your phone using a smart phone app. Once you have the smart light bulb connected to the app if it is HomeKit compatible it will allow you to use your voice and Siri commands to control the smart light bulb.

When your smart light bulb is connected to HomeKit it will allow you to control the smart light bulb with smart voice commands like “Siri, turn on the living room lights” or “Siri, turn on the living room lights.”

Adding smart home lighting control to your home is a true luxury and it’s easy to add smart lighting control with HomeKit by unscrewing a light bulb, and screwing in a new HomeKit compatible smart light bulb. It sounds too easy to be true but it’s not. We teach you everything you need to know about smart light bulbs and how they can be used in your home for smart lighting control with HomeKit.

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10 Best Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Google Home

10 Best Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Google Home

We cover the 10 best smart light bulbs that work with Google Home If you are looking a smart wifi light bulb that works with Google Home you have come to the right place.

There is a wide variety of smart light bulbs that work with Google Home but they all work in slightly different ways. A smart light bulb allows you to control your light bulb from your phone using a smart phone app. Once you have the smart light bulb connected to the app if it is Google Home compatible it will allow you to use your voice to control the light bulb once connected to Google Home.

When your smart light bulb is connected to Google Home it will allow you to control the smart light bulb with smart voice commands like “Ok Google, turn on the living room lights” or “Ok Google, turn on the living room lights.”

Adding smart home lighting control to your home is a true luxury and it’s easy to add smart lighting control with Google Home by unscrewing a light bulb, and screwing in a new Google Home compatible smart light bulb. It sounds too easy to be true but it’s not. We teach you everything you need to know about smart light bulbs and how they can be used in your home for smart lighting control with Google Home.

Google Home is Google’s smart voice assistant speaker that offers voice control of your smart home devices. It also has native integrations with Nest devices like the Nest Thermostat, Nest Smart Lock and Nest Doorbell. With Google Home you can control your smart lighting, play streaming music or even ask it questions just like you were searching Google. Google Home adds more smart home control features every day to help you control your smart home with voice.

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10 Best Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Alexa

10 Best Smart Light Bulbs That Work With Alexa

We cover the 10 best smart light bulbs that work with Alexa. If you are looking a smart wifi light bulb that works with Alexa you have come to the right place.

There is a wide variety of smart light bulbs that work with Alexa but they all work in slightly different ways. A smart light bulb allows you to control your light bulb from your phone using a smart phone app. Once you have the smart light bulb connected to the app if it is Alexa compatible it will allow you to use your voice to control the light bulb once connected to Alexa.

When your smart light bulb is connected to Alexa it will allow you to control the smart light bulb with smart voice commands like “Alexa, turn on the living room lights” or “Alexa, turn off the lights.

Adding smart home lighting control to your home is a true luxury and it’s easy to add smart lighting control with Alexa by just unscrewing a light bulb, and screwing in a new Alexa compatible smart light bulb. It sounds to easy to be true but it’s not. We teach you everything you need to know about smart light bulbs and how they can be used in your home for smart lighting control with Alexa.

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Best 4 Way Smart Light Switches

Best 4 Way Smart Light Switches

We cover the best 4 way smart light switches to use for your home. With a smart 4 way light switch you can turn on an off your lights with your phone using a smart wifi app.

The top 4 way smart light switches we recommend also can be used to with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for full voice control of your 3 or 4 way smart switches. Upgrading your lighting to voice control is one of the most luxurious and useful upgrades you can make to your smart home.

In this post we cover smart light switches switches that require a neutral and smart light switches that don’t require a neutral for older homes that don’t have a neutral in the wiring. This post covers both smart on/off light switches and the best 4 way dimmer smart light switches.

If you are looking for a resource to help you make the decision on the best 4 way light switch for your home you’ve come to the right place. We also have an example wiring diagram for 4 way light switches and describe the best 4 way light switches for different wiring configurations.

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Ring Doorbell Chime - What Doorbell Chimes Work With Ring Doorbell Pro?

Ring Doorbell Chime - What Doorbell Chimes Work With Ring Doorbell Pro?

We cover what doorbell chimes you can use with the Ring Doorbell Pro as a compatible doorbell chime. We cover both mechanical and electronic chimes that will work with the Ring Pro.

Setting up a new Ring Doorbell chime is easy if you use a compatible chime. We have found that mechanical chimes are more reliable with the Ring Pro doorbell and will work with a wider range of voltages.

You can use electronic chimes as a Ring Pro chime but you will need to make sure that you are using one of the compatible doorbell chime and you are providing enough power from your doorbell transformer to ensure proper operation of your electronic chime for the Ring Doorbell Pro.

The Ring Doorbell Pro will also work with Alexa as a remote wireless chime. Ring also makes two versions of a plug in remote wireless chime that will work with the Ring Pro Doorbell without any wiring required. You just install the Ring Doorbell, plug in the Ring Wireless Doorbell Chime and set it up through the app.

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Best Smart Light Switches That Work With Apple HomeKit

Best Smart Light Switches That Work With Apple HomeKit

We cover the best smart light switches that work with Homekit for your home. With a HomeKit compatible smart light switch you can turn on an off your lights with your phone using Siri voice control on your iPhone, Alexa or by pressing a button in the HomeKit App to turn on or off your lights.

With smart light switches that work with HomeKit you can control your smart lighting in your home or when you are away on vacation to make it appear the lights are on. You can also set schedules to automatically turn off and on smart lighting to save energy or turn lights on at dusk to light and protect your home.

Upgrading your lighting to smart lighting with HomeKit voice control is one of the most luxurious and useful upgrades you can make to your smart home. I’ve lived in a smart home with smart lighting for over 5 years and love using my voice to turn on and off my lighting when I walk through a room.

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Best 3 Way Smart Light Switches

Best 3 Way Smart Light Switches

We cover the best 3 way smart light switches to use for your home. With a smart 3 way light switches you can turn on an off your lights with your phone using a smart wifi app.

The top two 3 way smart light switches we recommend also can be used to with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for full voice control of your 3 way smart switches. Upgrading your lighting to voice control is one of the most luxurious and useful upgrades you can make to your smart home.

In this post we cover smart light switches switches that require a neutral and smart light switches that don’t require a neutral for older homes that don’t have a neutral in the wiring. This post covers smart on off light switches but we also have a post that covers the best 3 way dimmer smart light switches.

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Sonos Amp Review 2019

Sonos Amp Review 2019

We review the New Sonos Amp and how you can maximize built in sound quality using a Sonos Amp and built in Sonos by Sonance speakers.

The new Sonos Amp delivers more than 2x the power of its predecessor with 125W of true power to each channel. The New Sonos Amp is designed to be used with built in speakers or free standing hardwired speakers. The Sonos Amp is compatible with Sonos Trueplay tuning and can also be used as part of a surround sound system.

If you’re building a new house or planning on adding streaming audio to your home the New Sonos Amp paired with Sonos by Sonance Speakers won’t let you down as it’s a powerful Amp with high end features that make streaming exceptional audio throughout your home easy.

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How To Install A Nest Common Wire

How To Install A Nest Common Wire

We teach you how to add a common C wire to the Nest Thermostat if you are having low power issues with your Nest Smart Thermostat a common wire will most likely solve your issue. The Common wire or C wire is used to provide constant power to your nest thermostat. Adding a C wire to the Nest will help maximize the thermostat performance and solve most power sharing issues you might experience with the Nest. Not all HVAC systems require the Nest to have a common wire but some do and you typically won’t know if your HVAC system requires a common wire until your Nest Thermostat is already connected.

We teach you several options for adding a common wire for the Nest Thermostat including the use of a plug in common wire transformer which can be found on Amazon and just plugs right into an outlet and your Nest Thermostat to provide a constant supply of power.

Options to add a C wire to the Nest Thermostat.

  1. Install a Common Wire Transformer

  2. Hire an HVAC Professional

  3. Install a Common Wire Resistance Device

  4. Use the Fan Wire as a Common Wire

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Best Smart Home Wedding Gifts

Best Smart Home Wedding Gifts

We give you ideas for the Best-smart-home wedding gifts. Are you trying to pick the perfect gift for the happy couple? Wow them with a smart home device that is sure to please. We’ve selected a smart home wedding gift that is right for any couple and multiple options so you can find something within your budget and the tastes of the newlyweds.

You can’t go wrong with a smart thermostat, smart doorbell or smart speaker as a wedding gift as all of these high quality gifts will keep on working for years to come and make married life even easier.

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Sonos Beam vs Playbar

Sonos Beam vs Playbar

We compare the new Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar in this post to help you decide which Sonos soundbar it the right fit for your home. The new Sonos Beam is loaded with smart technology with Alexa built in and a direct connect HDMI port that is capable of communicating with your TV to allow you to turn on and off your TV using voice commands.

The Sonos Playbar is the larger of the two soundbars and provides great lower range and extreme sound for those days that you wan’t to blast music or make the house shake. While it does have slightly better sound quality a high volume it comes at a cost in a larger format that might not fit your decor and typically a much higher price point than the Sonos Beam.

In our testing we found that Sonos Beam provided exceptional sound in all but the largest rooms or rooms with vaulted ceilings. Find out why I decided to keep the Sonos Beam in my home over the Sonos Playbar we tested and how you can use your Sonos Beam or Sonos Playbar as part of a Surround Sound System.

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Do Ring Smart Lights Work With Alexa?

Do Ring Smart Lights Work With Alexa?

The new Ring Smart Lighting system works with Alexa and offers both battery powered wireless lighting and hardwired lighting options. The Ring Smart Lighting system provides built in motion detection, app control and can be integrated as part of the Ring Security System.

Using the Ring Bridge the Ring Smart Lights connect to the internet to allow for app scheduling, control and customization all through the Ring app on your phone. The smart lights are great for updating your existing landscape lighting or providing new landscape lighting without the need to run new wiring.

We teach you about the Ring Smart Lighting products and how they integrate with Alexa for voice control of your Ring Outdoor lighting.

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Sonos Outdoor Speaker Review

Sonos Outdoor Speaker Review

We review the Sonos by Sonance Outdoor speakers, how they function and how you can pair them with a Sonos Amp for great sound.

In our review of the Sonos Outdoor Speakers we review the features, sound quality and how to correctly wire your Sonos Outdoor by Sonance speakers. With the Sonos Outdoor speakers you can pair up to 6 speakers with a one Sonos Amp. With the Sonos Outdoor speakers paired withe the Sonos Amp you can stream music directly through your phone to the speakers or using integrated streaming services like Spotify to power the music on your Sonos Outdoor speakers. The system is airPlay compatible enabling native streaming through your iphone.

The sound quality on these speakers is amazing and we teach you how you can wire your home for these exceptional sounding outdoor Sonos speakers.

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Ring Steplight Review

Ring Steplight Review

In our review of the Ring Steplight we cover the smart features of Ring’s smart wireless outdoor steplights designed to be light up your steps and walkways

The Ring Steplight is wirelessly controlled and battery powered, it connects to the Ring app on your phone to allow for smart lighting control using the Ring Smart Bridge. Once the Ring Steplights are connected to the Ring App you can turn them on and off from your phone, adjust the brightness or adjust the built in motion detection settings on the Steplights.

The Ring Steplights work with Alexa and can be set to activate your Ring Doorbell or Ring Cameras to record when motion is detected by the built in motion sensor on the Ring Steplights.

The Ring Steplight is an easy to install smart light that provides extra illumination for your steps at night.

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Ring Pathlight Review

Ring Pathlight Review

In our review of the Ring Pathlight we cover the smart features of Ring’s smart wireless landscape lights designed to be placed in your yard.

The Ring Pathlight is battery powered making it completely wire free and it connects to the Ring app on your phone to allow for smart lighting control using the Ring Smart Bridge. Once the Ring Pathlights are connected they allow you to turn them on and off from your phone, adjust the brightness or adjust the built in motion detection settings on the Pathlight.

The Ring Pathlights work with Alexa and can be set to activate your Ring Doorbell or Ring Cameras to record when motion is detected by the built in motion sensor on the Ring Pathlights.

The Ring Pathlight is an ingenious landscape light that allows anyone to install landscape lighting quickly without the worry of running built in wiring.

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Sonos by Sonance Built In Speaker Review

Sonos by Sonance Built In Speaker Review

We review the Sonos by Sonance built in speakers and provide you with the information you need to design or install a built in Sonos speaker sound system.

In our review of the built in Sonos by Sonance speakers we touch on the features, sound quality and how to correctly wire your Sonos by Sonance speakers. We also cover example layouts so you can determine the best way to set up your home with built in Sonos speakers.

Sonos makes an in ceiling, in wall and outdoor Sonos speaker that is engineered to provide superior sound quality and Trueplay tuning when paired with a Sonos Amp. With the Sonos by Sonance speakers you can pair up to 6 speakers with a one Sonos Amp.

The sound quality on these speakers is amazing and we teach you how you can optimize their sound in your home by using the right combination of wiring, speaker placement and pairing with the Sonos Amp.

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Where is my doorbell transformer?

Where is my doorbell transformer?

Are you trying to find your doorbell transformer so you can fix or upgrade your doorbell to a smart doorbell like Ring or Nest? Or do you just want to repair your existing doorbell and get it working again?

We teach you where to look to find your doorbell transformer and how to measure your doorbell transformer voltage. You can check your existing doorbell’s voltage for compatibility with Ring or Nest so you can know if you will need to upgrade your transformer when you install a new smart doorbell.

Our list of doorbell transformer locations provides you with the best shot of finding where your doorbell transformer is located in your home.

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