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.

    What is the Best Smart Plug for Alexa in the UK?

    July 13th, 2020 by

    If you live in the UK, like myself, you’ll know that some Smart Home brands make it extremely difficult to purchase their products. Whilst it has gotten better over time there is still a limited set of options. There’s a ton of different Smart Plug blog posts which simply redirect to an American Amazon Link

    What is the best Z-Wave Thermostat?

    June 15th, 2020 by

    Optimising your energy bill should be a top priority as a Smart Home user, you want to keep your house warm but not spend more money? A Z-Wave thermostat is the way to do it. Using the latest technology you can create a system which detects the temperature in your house and automatically turns your

    Internet of Food and how to automate your diet.

    June 15th, 2020 by

    I’ve been on a huge eco-drive recently, looking at ways to power my flat without it costing monthly, how to grow food in the smallest spot possible without issue and the common part of all of this is the use of Smart Home technology. We love automation, we’re not farmers, we’re hobbyists who want everything

    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

    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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