Getting Started posts

Are you a new Smart Home Owner or Enthusiast? These guides and tutorials are perfect for you. Have a browse and get some Ideas on how to upgrade your Smart Home experience.

Zigbee: A complete beginners breakdown

March 23rd, 2020 by

Before we begin There are two main protocols for any Smart Home, these are Zigbee and Z-Wave. There’s a lot of debate on which is the best option, but in this post we will break down what this technology is, how it’s used and why it’s good/bad. This will be quite an intensive look into

Magic mirror Raspberry Pi 3 / 4 / Zero

March 10th, 2020 by

Update as of 25/05/2020:It looks like the installer for this was changed, this post has been updated to fix this. At the start of 2019 I promised myself I would make a Magic Mirror on my Raspberry pi 3, I put it off for so long, a few nights ago I sat down with the

How to turn any TV into a Smart TV for Free

March 10th, 2020 by

With this guide, I’m going to show you how to convert your tv to smart tv. This guide was written in 2019 but has been kept up to date with modern standards It’s 2020, everyone who buys a new TV will expect it to be a Smart TV, but what’s the point in swapping out

Home Automation For Dummies

March 2nd, 2020 by

Smart Home Automation Guide for Dummies This is my FREE ‘Smart Home Automation Guide for Dummies’. Please consider commenting below to let me know more about what you need! Smart Homes are on the rise, so it’s fair to say to say that Home Automation is likely going to embed itself moving forward in the

The Best Smart Home Devices in 2020

February 24th, 2020 by

This is a brief breakdown of the Best Smart Home Devices of 2020 (At least so far). I will rank and break these down as best as I can but if you want more information on these, keep this page bookmarked or shared so you can refer back! 2020 is going to be a big

How much does Smart Home Technology cost

November 18th, 2019 by

You could save £/$100’s every year by moving to Smart Technology and planning ahead. Most houses now contain what they think is a Smart Home, a Smart Home Hub, Smart Speaker and maybe some Smart Plugs / Smart Bulbs. If you haven’t already, I highly suggest checking out my blog post Do LED Lights Really

What does the light color on your Amazon Echo ring mean

November 9th, 2019 by

Alexa constantly updates which bring newer light colors, keeping up to date with this can be frustrating, but this is my own little ‘notes’ blog post on what each of the mean. Can I use the Raspberry Pi with Alexa? Alexa’s Preferred Speaker Setup The light rings can pulse, flash and circle, each one with

Alexa’s Preferred Speaker Setup

September 9th, 2019 by

A preferred Speaker is the default Speaker your selected Alexa device plays through, great for music in a room by room basis. This means that your Kitchen speakers will use one speaker and your bedroom another, to fully set the volume you expect in both scenarios. The Risks of Smart Home Technology & How to

Top 10 Home Automation Routines you need

September 3rd, 2019 by

Getting into Smart Homes is like being a car fanatic, you want to and need to know the best options to make everything work smoothly. You want to know how to make everything as flashy as possible and as efficient as possible. It’s in our nature to make our life easier, so with these Home

Will Alexa work without WiFi?

July 5th, 2019 by

Simply put, no, The Alexa devices will not work without a WiFi connection and cannot be localised as they need a constant connection to the Amazon servers. 5 Reasons Google Home Is Better Than Alexa Fix Echo “Having trouble understanding you right now” Update: This post was originally written in 2019, all information has been

I hope you enjoyed this list of posts and now have some inspiration for your next Smart Home Automation journey. Remember that in order to make a great Smart Home you'll need to plan ahead, so head on over to our complete beginners guide or our free downloadable to-buy list here to find yourself some amazing gadgets. Check out our gear review library here for more information on the best home automation gear. Once you have all of that, just come back here, good luck!

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