Nest vs Ecobee

Nest vs Ecobee

Nest vs Ecobee: Which smart thermostat is best for you? We cover everything you need to know if you are considering either of these two smart thermostats. The nest and ecobee thermostat are two of the best smart thermostats on the market and millions of these smart thermostats have been installed in homes worldwide.

Both nest and ecobee will help you save energy, make your life easier and they both work with Amazon Alexa for full voice control of your smart thermostat.

There are a few major differences between the two smart thermostats and we compare nest vs ecobee so you can decide on the features you want in your smart thermostat.

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Does Echo Show Work With Nest Hello?

Does Echo Show Work With Nest Hello?

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.

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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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Best Smart Cameras That Work With Alexa

Best Smart Cameras That Work With Alexa

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.

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Does Nest Work With Alexa?

Does Nest Work With Alexa?

Does Nest Work With Alexa? Yes, we teach you how to connect your Nest Thermostat, Nest Cameras or Nest Doorbell to Alexa for voice control of your smart nest device. We also provide you with the complete guide to Alexa voice commands to use with your Nest Thermostat, Nest Cameras or Nest Doorbell.

The Nest Thermostat will work with any Amazon Alexa Echo device but the Nest Cameras and Nest Doorbell require an Echo Device with a screen like the Echo Show or Echo Spot.

We cover all of the Alexa nest commands that work with nest devices for voice control of your smart home using Amazon Alexa Echo Devices like the Echo Dot and Echo Show. You can control your nest thermostat, nest doorbell and nest cameras with Alexa nest commands.

The Nest Protect Smoke Detector, Nest x Yale lock, nest security system and the Nest Temperature sensors don’t currently support Alexa Nest commands.

Nest 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 several nest smart home devices you can enable additional functionality with voice control by connecting an Alexa device like the Echo Show or Echo Dot.

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Ring Security System Review

Ring Security System Review

We provide our Ring Security System review. I’ve tested a lot of smart home security systems over the years and for the time being I’ve chosen to stick with the Ring Security system because of it’s huge feature set, great value and reliability.

What I like about the Ring Security System is that you don’t need to sign up for a security monitoring contract but if you want professional monitoring it’s only $10 a month to have your system professionally monitored.

The Ring Security System offers a huge list of features that allow you to protect your home and family from intruders but also protect your home from water damage, fires and carbon monoxide. The Ring Security System offers a wide array of sensors and is constantly updating features to provide a great user experience.

The Ring Security System is also compatible with Alexa meaning that you can arm and disarm your security system using your voice and your passcode. The added functionality of voice control of your alarm system is something few other competing alarm systems don’t offer.

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Connect Alexa To TV

Connect Alexa To TV

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.

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Ring Water Sensor Review

Ring Water Sensor Review

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.

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Does Ring Pro Work With Alexa?

Does Ring Pro Work With Alexa?

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.

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Smart Switch No Neutral

Smart Switch No Neutral

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.

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Does Ring Work With Alexa?

Does Ring Work With Alexa?

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.

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