What is a Smart Home?

What is a Smart Home? Home Automation?  Connected Home? Smart Home is a concept that continually evolves.  From legacy products like sprinkler, light, and device timers to sensor-activated lights triggered by motion, light, sound and other various elements.  These triggers work like cause and effect to make a convenient recipe, scene, activity of a single event or series of event.  Essentially all that consists of a Smart Home- is a network of devices speaking a common language (via wireless or hardwired) to communicate with each other.  That said, some homes don't have a full-blown breakout of devices, I'll explain.   What Do… Read More

Voice Commands Not Working? Echo and Homekit Quirks.

More things to keep in mind- sequence of events and which platform to keep at the top when controlling your Smart Home.  I found this out the hard way. And I'm going to share this experience with everyone. If you're going to control your house with voice but also want to control it with a smartphone or remote control, then you want to make sure to reverse engineer your setup. You want to make sure that you work backwards to your main control. What I mean by this is- inside of my home automation system exists the end-of-the-chain device. Let's… Read More

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