Craig Lloyd

Craig Lloyd is How-To Geek's smarthome writer, as well as an aspiring handyman who loves tinkering with anything and everything around the house. He's also a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, motorcyclist, and proud introvert.

Mounting your TV to the wall is not only a great way to save space, but it also looks nice and clean. However, there’s a little more to it than just buying a wall mount and screwing in your TV. Here are a handful of things you should know when it comes to mounting your TV to the wall.

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If you only want a small section of your Nest Cam’s field of view to be subject to motion alerts, you create “activity zones.” That way, you’ll only receive notifications when motion has been detected only in a certain area—like your driveway, for instance.

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Depending on where you have your Nest Cam set up, you might receive more notifications than you really need. However, you can customize your Nest Cam notifications so that you only the receive the ones that you truly care about at times when you need them.

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If you have Nest Aware set up on your Nest Cam, it can record video around the clock. However, this can quickly use up your bandwidth and data, so if you don’t need it recording at all hours, here’s how to automatically turn the Nest Cam on and off based on your location (using Home/Away Assist) or on a strict schedule.

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By default, the Nest Cam has a status light on the front that’s fairly subtle, but can still be distracting depending on how you use the camera. Here’s how to turn it off.

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Lots of burglars come out at night, which means night vision can be a great feature for your security camera. But if it’s not really something you’ll need, you can easily turn it off on the Nest Cam.

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Most security cameras come with night vision, which allow them to still see things even if it’s pitch black outside. But how does it work?

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If you want your Nest Cam to store video recordings in the cloud so that you can retrieve them later on, you have to sign up for the company’s Nest Aware subscription service. But is it worth buying in the long run?

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The Nest Cam can capture audio whenever it’s recording video so you can hear what’s going on. However, if you don’t need audio, you can disable it to save just a little bit of bandwidth and data.

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If you want to watch live TV on your Apple TV—cable or antenna—it’s relatively easy to set up and get going.

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Many people might feel a bit wary installing a smart thermostat in their home, considering how often modern technology screws up. But don’t worry, manufacturers have thought of that: here’s what happens if your smart thermostat ever stops working.

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The Nest Cam can record in full 1080p high definition, but if your internet connection can’t handle that kind of streaming—or if you simply don’t need something that crystal clear—here’s how to change the video quality of your Nest Cam.

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If your home’s Wi-Fi network has dead spots, or doesn’t reach across your entire house, then you might have recently considered getting a mesh Wi-Fi system. They’ve skyrocketed in popularity, but what exactly is mesh Wi-Fi and how is it different than a traditional Wi-Fi extender?

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The Wallet app on the iPhone lets you store all of your loyalty cards, boarding passes, movie tickets, and more right on your device. Unfortunately, it only officially supports a handful of stores and brands. Thankfully, there’s a way to add anything with a barcode to these apps, whether it’s officially supported or not.

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The Nest Cam is an easy-to-use security camera that plugs into any outlet and connects directly to your Wi-Fi so that you can keep tabs on your home, no matter where you are. Here’s how to set it up.

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If you ever forget to close your garage door at the end of the day, you can set up a specific time for your MyQ-enabled garage door to close automatically. Here’s how to set it up within the MyQ app.

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If your Amazon Echo can’t hear you from the other room, or if you just want to control it when you’re away from home altogether, you can do so with some handy third-party apps.

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If you want to look up more information about a photo you took, like when exactly it was taken and on what camera, there’s a quick way to look up the EXIF data in both Windows and macOS.

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The Eero Wi-Fi system is meant to replace your current router, but if your current router has advanced features you rely on, you can put the Eero in bridge mode—thus allowing you use of your normal router, while still getting Eero’s great mesh Wi-Fi coverage.

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Luma’s home Wi-Fi system is easy to set up and use, and it even comes with basic parental controls that allow you to block inappropriate content from your kids while they surf the web. But it has some…caveats.

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Whether you’re having issues with it or just want to sell it, here’s how to factory reset the Google Home to erase all of its settings for a fresh start.

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Most streaming boxes have a huge inconvenience: you have to sign in to each and every app separately using your cable subscription credentials. But with a new feature in tvOS 10, you can sign in once and be done with it. Here’s how to set it up on the Apple TV.

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Chamberlain’s MyQ technology is great for opening and closing your garage door remotely with your smartphone, but you can also receive alerts whenever your garage door opens and closes (as well as receive alerts when it’s been open for an extended amount of time). Here’s how to enable them.

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If you have a newer garage door opener from Chamberlain (or its professional brand LiftMaster), it’s likely that it comes with MyQ. Here’s how to set it up so that you can open and close your garage door remotely using your smartphone.

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If using a remote to turn on your TV is too old school for you, here’s how to use the Amazon Echo to turn on your television using your voice.

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