Smart Home

The Ultimate Smart Home Theater System: How To Set It Up

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the home theater is the brain. Your home theater is where you go to unwind at the end of a long day and binge watch your favorite shows. It’s where you sit with breathless anticipation as you watch the latest thrillers. It’s where you declare […]

The Best Smart Lights When Style Matters

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Lighting is about so much more than convenience. The type of lighting you have speaks to your sense of style. In the same way that a chandelier tells a different story than a fluorescent overhead light, certain kinds of smart lights separate themselves from the competition.  In our article about the best smart lights on […]

The Ultimate Apple HomeKit Guide

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Amazon has Alexa. Google has Google Assistant. Apple has Siri. A lot of people might say Siri lags behind the other two assistants, but there are still many that swear by Apple’s HomeKit smart home system.  The one glaring downside to the Apple HomeKit system is the lack of widespread compatibility. Many devices (especially those […]

5 Low-Cost Ways to Make “Dumb” Appliances Smart

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You hear and read a lot about smart home tech, but it’s not always the right fit. After all, a lot of the technology tends to lean toward a more futuristic appearance, but you might not be willing to give up that heirloom lamp your family has kept in the living room for generations.  Thankfully, […]

The Best Smart Lights On a Budget

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Smart lights serve as an easy entry point into home automation. After all, everyone needs lighting, and Pete’s home in Friends introduced everyone to the idea of saying “Romantic lights!” to their home for the perfect Netflix-and-chill setting.  On the other hand, smart lights can be expensive. The Nanoleaf Aurora starter kit will run you […]

Sleep Smarter – The Best Devices For Improving Sleep

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A good night’s sleep is a rare thing, as it turns out. According to statistics, 35% of adults don’t get enough sleep at night. Pair that statistic with the fact that 20% of all car crashes are associated with sleepiness and you have a recipe for disaster.  But our sleeplessness can’t be blamed entirely on […]

5 Best Outdoor Smart Plugs of 2019

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Smart plugs add unprecedented levels of convenience to day-to-day life. You can control even old appliances from your phone through Wi-Fi. Some smart plugs can even be put on timers and left to work automatically. Others can be set to deactivate if no motion is detected in a room. These are small, inexpensive devices that […]

How To Control Your Xbox One With a Smart Assistant

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The Xbox One might be one of the strongest gaming consoles on the market (especially if you have the Xbox One X), but for many people it’s also a way to consume media. Through Xbox, you can watch Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll to your heart’s content. You can stream music and watch YouTube. All it […]

How To Connect Your Google Home To Your TV

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When you’re resting on your comfortable couch after a long day, the last thing you want to do is get up to find the remote just to turn up the volume on your favorite show. Thankfully, Google Assistant – through a Google Home device or through your phone – can give you control of many […]

The Best IFTTT Recipe Ideas for the Smart Home

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IFTTT (If This, Then That) is an online service that allows users to string together a series of commands to perform actions throughout the home. These connected commands are called ‘recipes’ or ‘applets’, and when used correctly can give you more control over your smart home than ever before.  While many smart home devices have […]