Three of the biggest names in the smarthome hub world are SmartThings, Wink, and Insteon, all of which offer a consumer-friendly hub that allows users to connect all sorts of smarthome devices together and manage them in one place. But which one should you buy? Here are some things to know about the two hubs and which one might be best for you.
Renovating a living space can get real expensive real quick, especially if you’re remodeling an entire kitchen or bathroom. However, there are a ton of low-cost home improvement projects that you can tackle yourself and that make a huge difference.
Philips Hue lights are one of the simplest ways to add smart lights to your home. In a recent update, Philips added a new Labs section, where you can try out experimental new features. Here’s how to access the Labs, and the best new features to try out.
Upgrading to a smart home used to be exclusively the realm of homeowners. If you couldn’t run cables, replace switch boxes, or install expensive wall units, you had to live with dumb lights. With newer smart home gadgets, however, you can upgrade parts of your apartment—even without your landlord’s approval in some cases.
Philips Hue lights are great when they’re working properly, but sometimes it’s not all sunshine and roses. Here are some common issues that you might be coming across and how to fix them.
The Wink smarthome hub lets you automate all sorts of different tasks around the house by setting up Wink “Robots”. But strangely, when it comes to scheduling your smart lights, that feature is set up differently.
The Wink Hub is a great all-around smarthome hub that allows you to connect hundreds of different devices to it from handfuls of manufacturers. Not only that, but it lets you automate devices so they can work together to make your day-to-day life easier.
If you have smart lights like Philips Hue, you can turn them off automatically when you leave to save power. However, if you also have a Nest thermostat, it’s handier (and more effective) to turn off your lights whenever your thermostat enters Away mode.
Many smarthome apps don’t make it quick and easy to control a device, but with Wink Shortcuts, you can create a single button that can perform a number of tasks all at once.
Why would you want to spend extra money on color-changing smart lights instead of regular, cheap LED bulbs? So you can use them to throw a killer party, that’s why. Here’s how to use your Philips Hue lights to turn your boring living room into club-style lighting.
Before you head out the door, it would be handy to know whether you need a coat, or if you can skip it. To give you a quick indicator, you can set one of your Hue light bulbs to change colors when it’s too hot or too cold outside. Here’s how to set it up.
It happens to the best of us: you leave the house, drive away, and realize you left the lights on. With Hue, you don’t need to worry about that anymore: you can set your lights to turn off automatically whenever you leave the house (and turn them on automatically when you return home).
Google Wi-Fi is similar to other mesh Wi-Fi systems, but one big feature separates it from the pack: Google On.Here.
Alexa’s hands-free timers are one of the best reasons to own an Echo (or an Amazon Tap), but it would be nice if those timers gave you a visual indicator as well. Here’s how to set your Philips Hue lights to blink when your timer goes off.
As the sun sets over the horizon and your living room grows dim, it sure would be nice if your smart lights knew to turn themselves on. With a little magic, you can make your lights turn on as soon as the sun goes down.
The Wink Hub is yet another smarthome hub that aims to compete with the likes of SmartThings and Insteon in order to create a central device that all of your other smarthome devices can connect to. Here’s how to set it up.
With the new (or new to you) Google Assistant, you can control smart home devices like the Nest thermostat, Hue lights, and more with just your voice—right from your phone. Here’s how to set them up.
If you have a Wi-Fi cam (like the Nest Cam) set up for security, it’s one thing to catch any perps on video. But it’s also a good idea to scare them away by having lights automatically turn on when any burglars are detected.
Installing Philips Hue bulbs is a great way to boost your lighting game, but since they heavily rely on an internet connection, you might be wary of going all in and blanketing your house with smart lights. The good news is that there isn’t a whole lot to worry about—here’s what happens whenever your Philips Hue lights go offline.
The DualShock 4’s light bar is a neat thing. It works with many games to mimic what’s happening on the screen—in The Last of Us, for example, it will change colors as your health degrades, and turn red as you die. It’s a little thing, but it’s cool. The downside is that it’s also a battery hog, causing the controller to die much quicker than most of us would like. Thankfully, you can dim it.
If you have any Insteon smarthome products, you’d probably like a way to control them with your voice. You can use the Amazon Echo with Insteon devices, though it can be a little convoluted.
If you want better control over how bright or dim your lights get, installing a dimmer switch is a great way to make that happen, especially if you want to adjust them regularly. Here’s how to replace a regular light switch with a dimmer switch.
Philips Hue is a really cool Wi-Fi-enabled lighting system that allows you to turn on and off your lights right from your smartphone (or from other smarthome-controlling devices, like the Amazon Echo). It’s one of the first steps in turning your house into a smarthome of the future. Here’s how to set up your Philips Hue lights using the new Philips Hue app.
Thanks to the power of Alexa and its open API, you’re able to control a vast number of devices using just your voice. If you have an Eero Wi-Fi system, you can even control your home network with the Amazon Echo.
The Hue Dimmer Switch is a great way to add physical controls to your Hue lighting system but it’s a bit rudimentary. Thanks to a handy little app, however, you can teach the Hue Dimmer Switch a bunch of new tricks—like setting any scene with the click of a button.