The Ring Doorbell ($200) looks just like any other doorbell for the most part, but it comes with an integrated video camera so that you can see who’s at the door–from your smartphone–even when you’re not home. Here’s how to install and set up the Ring Doorbell quickly and easily.
Many smart thermostats claim they can save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills. Indeed, you might save a considerable amount of money by getting a Nest or Ecobee3, but they can also cost you more money if your house itself isn’t optimized for good airflow.
If you’re going on vacation soon, and don’t want to be bothered changing the thermostat as you’re trying to wrangle the family, the Ecobee actually allows you to schedule the thermostat to go into an away mode ahead of time.
If you’re on vacation, the last thing you want is to find out that someone broke into your house. There’s really not much you can do about it if you’re halfway around the world, but if you have a trusted neighbor and a SmartThings setup, you can automatically notify them if someone tried to break into your home.
One of the best ways to extend the features of the Amazon Echo is by installing third-party Alexa Skills. However, if you installed a Skill that you’re not particularly fond of, here’s how to uninstall it from your Amazon Echo.
If you’re away from home and your HVAC system breaks down suddenly, you probably want to get it fixed as soon as possible. Here’s how to receive instant alerts from your Ecobee thermostat whenever there’s a possible problem with your heating and cooling.
If you’re still rocking an older iMac but want to breathe some new life into it, replacing the traditional hard drive with a solid-state drive is a great way to do that.
Changing the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad is a simple way to breathe new life into your mobile device. Here’s how to change the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad and make it feel like a new device again.
If you have kids in the house and are strict about the thermostat, you can lock down your Ecobee with a PIN code so that no one can adjust the temperature except those authorized to do so.
Whether you like to listen to music while you fall asleep or just don’t want to be bothered manually turning it off when you’re done, the Amazon Echo has a built-in “sleep timer” function that will turn your music off automatically.
When you first set up your Ecobee smart thermostat, Apple’s HomeKit isn’t automatically enabled. However, if you have an iPhone and want to use Siri to control your thermostat—or integrate it with other HomeKit products—here’s how to enable HomeKit on the Ecobee thermostat.
If the weather is really nice out and you decide to open up windows, it’s easy to forget to turn off the A/C so that you don’t waste energy. However, with a smart thermostat (like the Ecobee3) and SmartThings, you can automatically turn off your thermostat when you open a window.
Smart outlets are a cheap way to turn your ordinary appliances and fixtures into smart devices. With a smart outlet, you can turn your appliances on and off from your phone, or (in some cases) with your voice through devices like the Amazon Echo. But not every device will work with smart outlets.
Up until now, if you wanted to play Spotify music on the Amazon Echo, you had to say the artist or song you wanted to play and then tack on “on Spotify” at the end. It’s a little cumbersome, but now you no longer have to do that, as you can set Spotify as your Echo’s default music provider.
The Ecobee line of smart thermostats can use remote sensors to monitor the temperature in other areas of your house, rather than just where the thermostat is. Unfortunately, there’s no easy and simple way to select which sensor to use at any given time. Here’s a way around that, though, which lets you pick which sensor to use and when to use it.
If you’re sick of having to find and fumble with the light switch every time you enter a dark room, you can use SmartThings to automate that process and have the lights turn on automatically when you enter.
The Amazon Echo is an always-listening voice-controlled virtual assistant, but if there are times you’d rather not listen (or be listened to) by the Echo, here’s how to automatically mute it at certain times of the day.
Whether your Mac is starting to show its age or you just want to freshen things up a bit, changing the wallpaper is a dead-easy way to breathe new life into your boring computer.
Recording audio from a Bluetooth microphone isn’t something that iOS can do out of the box, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entirely possible. With a little help from a third-party app, you can use a wireless headset and record your voice through that if you need to.
The Ecobee line of thermostats have a neat feature that can use the local weather information to determine the best way to heat or cool your house. If the weather isn’t currently set up on your Ecobee thermostat, here’s how to set the location so that it can begin optimizing your HVAC system.
If you’re tired of having to open up the SmartThings app to arm and disarm your setup every time you leave or come home, here’s how to do it all automatically without even touching your phone.
Amazon already makes it really easy to order stuff with its 1-Click ordering system, but the company’s relatively new Dash buttons make ordering stuff even easier. Here’s how to set one up quickly and easily.
If you have a handful of smarthome accessories that you want to control all at once, you can instantly make changes to a handful of things in your house using “Routines” in the SmartThings app with just the press of a button.
The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit comes with a small handful of sensors and an outlet switch, but if you need more than what comes in the starter kit, you can easily add additional sensors and devices to your SmartThings setup.
If you have a sensor or device connected to your SmartThings setup, but you no longer want it, it’s actually really easy to disconnect from your system.