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What is a Smarthome?

Any home can be a smarthome, whether it’s a studio apartment or a mansion. It’s the powerful connections that make it smart. Here’s what you need to know about smarthomes—and how to start putting your own together, if you’r…

How to Bring Your Smarthome Outside

When you think of a smarthome, you might envision the interior with color-changing lights, smart plugs, and voice assistants, but don’t forget about your yard and patio. You can bring your smarthome outdoors in some fun and u…

How to Set Up Groups with Google Assistant

Google Assistant voice commands for your smarthome work best if your devices are in groups (Google calls these groups “rooms”). Skipping this step during setup makes using your devices harder. Here’s how to create rooms and…

How to Pair Echo Buttons to Your Amazon Echo

Echo Buttons are simple Bluetooth devices that connect to your Echo devices. Once you pair a button with an Amazon Echo, you can use it with routines, games, and other skills. They give an physical extension to your Echo to e…

Are Your Smarthome Devices Spying on You?

In a world where we’re all paranoid about devices spying on us (and rightfully so), perhaps no other devices receive more scrutiny than smarthome products. But is that scrutiny warranted?

What Kind of Smart Lights Should You Buy?

While most smart lights let you control them from your phone, by voice, or through automation, not all smart bulbs are created equal. Here are the different type of smart lights and which ones might be best for you….
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