Yes, you can use the Nest Thermostat with ductless systems but it typically requires installing a thermostat adapter.Read More
Does Echo Show work with the Nest Hello Doorbell? Yes, and we teach you how you can connect your Echo Show and Nest Hello doorbell to view the live stream from your Nest Hello Smart Doorbell on your Echo Show.
We cover how you install the Nest Alexa Skill so that your Echo Show will work with your Nest Hello and other smart doorbells that also work with the Echo Show.
Connecting your Echo Show to your Nest Hello will increase the functionality of both the Echo Show and Nest Hello and allow you to view live doorbell feeds even if you don’t have your phone close by.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
We provide you the list of the best smart cameras that work with Alexa. We’ve tested each of the listed cameras and give our take on the smart cameras that work with Alexa.
When you connect your smart camera to Alexa it allows you to view the live video feed of the smart camera on your Echo Show, Echo Spot or Compatible Fire TV device.
Connecting your smart camera to Alexa unlocks additional functionality and provides you quick and easy viewing of your smart camera without the need for your phone.
We also teach you how you can connect your smart camera to Alexa with our step by step guide and detailed screenshot instructions.
Smart Camera Voice Commands that work with Alexa are a great way to add voice control and luxury to your smart home devices. If you already have a smart home cameras that works with Alexa you can enable additional functionality with voice control by connecting an Alexa device like the Echo Show or Echo Dot.Read More
Learn how to connect Alexa to TV. We teach you how you can connect Alexa to TV for full voice control of your TV. You can connect your TV to Alexa using the Fire TV Cube, it will allow your TV to be controlled by voice though connecting to your TV’s HDMI port.
Using Alexa voice commands you can turn on an off your TV with your voice, change the channel, and use your voice to find Netflix shows or TV & Movies you want to watch. The Fire TV Cube also includes 4K resolution and connections to hundreds of different streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu and more.
To connect Alexa to TV you just need a Fire TV Cube and available HDMI port on your TV. Most newer flat screen TV’s will allow for native control of your TV through the HDMI port. The Fire TV cube also includes an infrared blaster that works just like a remote to control your TV and Cable Box if your HDMI port does not have native control of your TV.
The Fire TV Cube is a great solution to a connecting Alexa to TV and allowing you to enjoy full voice control of your TV. Investing in the Fire TV Cube will increase the functionality of your TV and and provide you with great access to streaming video services.Read More
We review the Ring Water Sensor and how it can work to protect your home from floods and freezing temperatures. The Ring Flood and Freeze sensor works with the Ring Security System to detect water or low temperatures which may cause burst pipes.
The Ring Water Sensor is an great value to prevent water damage and all of the bad things that come with water damage like costly repair bills and mold.
In our Ring Water Sensor review we cover the top locations to place a Ring Flood and Freeze Sensor to detect water and prevent flooding in your home. Overall we love the Ring Water Sensor and think it’s a great addition to the Ring Security System lineup to provide additional protection for your home.Read More
Does Ring Pro Work With Alexa? Yes, the Ring Pro Doorbell works with Alexa. The Ring Pro is Ring’s top of the line smart doorbell with advanced motion detection, streaming live HD video and full control from your phone.
The Echo Show and the Ring Pro you can view live feeds directly from your Door View Cam on your Echo Show. You can set up Ring Pro to display it’s live video feed on any Amazon Echo Device with a screen or on Amazon Fire Cube TV.Read More
How to install a smart switch no neutral: We give you the options for installing a smart light switch if you don’t have a neutral wire in your existing junction box for your light switch.
We provide four options for installing a smart light switch with no neutral wire. We tell you how you can add a neutral wire to your existing switch box so you can install any smart switch and what smart light switches will work without a neutral.
If you don’t want to do any wiring in your home and you don’t have an existing neutral wire you can also you smart light bulbs like the phillips hue light bulbs instead of a smart light switch. You can also connect your smart light switches to amazon alexa for full voice control.Read More
Does Alexa work with the Ring Smart Video doorbell? Yes, all Ring doorbells including the Ring 2, Ring Pro & Ring Elite work with alexa. The Ring Cameras like the Ring Spotlight and Ring Floodlight also work with Alexa. We show you how you can connect your Ring smart video doorbell to any Amazon Alexa device that has a screen. We also teach you what the Amazon Alexa can do with the Ring Video doorbell and what it can’t do with the Amazon Alexa. You can also use a Ring Chime or Ring Chime pro as an interior doorbell for any Ring Doorbell device.Read More
We cover what doorbell chimes you can use as a nest doorbell chime. We cover both mechanical and electronic chimes that will work with the nest hello doorbell.
Setting up a new nest doorbell chime is easy if you use a compatible chime. We have found that mechanical chimes are more reliable with the nest hello doorbell and will work with a wider range of voltages.
You can use electronic chimes as a nest doorbell chime but you will need to make sure that you are providing exactly 16V from your doorbell transformer to ensure proper operation of your electronic nest doorbell chime.Read More
Does Ecobee work with Alexa? Yes, all ecobee thermostats including the ecobee 4, ecobee 3 and ecobee 3 lite all work with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. We teach you how to set up your ecobee to work with Amazon Alexa so you can have full voice control of your smart thermostat.
Our favorite ecobee smart thermostat is the ecobee 4 thermostat which has built in amazon alexa functionality with an alexa microphone and speaker built into the casing of the ecobee 4. With built in amazon alexa on the ecobee 4 you can talk directly to the ecobee 4 with voice commands to control your thermostat. It also works with other alexa devices for full voice control.
We also teach you the best Amazon Alexa commands to control your ecobee thermostat.Read More
We teach you how to install your install your nest cam iq outdoor camera. You can install your nest cam iq outdoor camera the traditional way using the plug and play cable and adapter or you can install your nest cam iq using existing ethernet or cat 6 cabling.
We teach you how to install your nest cam iq outdoor camera with ethernet cabling and the tools and supplies you will need for a successful installation.Read More
We show you how you can connect your arlo smart cameras to the google home hub. We also teach you what google home hub can do with the arlo cameras and review other smart wifi cameras that work with google home hub.
Connecting your arlo cameras to a google home hub will unlock additional functionality and allow you to use your google home hub as a remote viewer for your arlo cameras. You can also configure the google home hub to be used as a baby monitor with arlo cameras.Read More