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Smart thermostat – great idea or epic failure?

Smart thermostat – great idea or epic failure?

Why smart thermostats became a huge hit Smart thermostats were the first big success of consumer home automation. The Nest smart thermostat burst onto the scene and quickly racked up huge sales. Many of us bought them, loved them, and continue to use them. Naturally,...

Sonos Roam ultra portable smart speaker – the missing manual

Sonos Roam ultra portable smart speaker – the missing manual

Quick Links - skip to the section you need Playback controlsVolume controlAdd Amazon Alexa or Google VoiceGroup audioSwap contentSleepWakePower downLow power indicatorPair Sonos Roam with BluetoothFactory reset FYI - Not-so-well-known tidbits Playback controls Press...

Touch screen on the wall?

Touch screen on the wall?

Wall-mounted iPad touch screen interface Can't touch this! As our smart homes grow, it is tempting to turn to a wall-mounted iPad or touch screen for controlling everything. The allure is simple - a touch screen mounted to the wall is infinitely more configurable than...

Smart lock locked you out of your home?

Smart lock locked you out of your home?

What is a smart lock? One of the more popular smart home products is the smart lock. It certainly is tempting to be able to open, close, lock, and unlock your door without having to carry around a notched piece of metal with you at all times. Keys have been around for...

Secret settings to convert a Lutron dimmer to a switch

Secret settings to convert a Lutron dimmer to a switch

You say switches, I say dimmers - no cheating! Previously, I’ve written about the difference between dimmers and switches used to control lights. I’ve also mentioned secret manufacturer codes that can be used to reset many smart home devices back to their original...

“Cheat codes” for your smart home reset?

“Cheat codes” for your smart home reset?

Cheat Codes for smart home devices Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A Do you recognize the famous “Konami” video game cheat codes? If you played classic video games as a kid, or are intro retro gaming now, you might still have these memorized. It’s the...