Best answer: A smart home needs a fast and reliable internet connection to work its very best. Signal drops and dead zones can drive a need for wired networking options for smart home appliances and the devices that control them. Build out a mesh network with wired hubs to make sure your smart home works when you need it most. Speed and reliability The future is wireless with networking, speaker systems, and even charging trying to ditch physical connections. In a modern smart home, wireless connections will always be the goal so all of your connected devices can be placed in the most efficient spot. However, as you move further from your wireless router and place things in locations with a lot of interference such as a camera on an outside wall at the corner of a house, you may need a stronger connection for good video quality. Wi-Fi is improving with every iteration but there will always be limiting factors like interference and wall penetration. Sometime unexpected things can … [Read more...] about Why might you need wired connections for smart home networking?
Ecobee can’t seem to keep its smart home secrets to itself, seeing how its upcoming indoor video camera, intriguing contact sensor and new premium thermostat have been detailed early by Dave Zatz of ZatzNotFunny over the past couple months. But now, hardware retailer Lowe’s has apparently asked Zatz to hold its beer — by publishing a complete product page for the new glass-covered Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control onto the web. The page, spotted by one of Zatz’ tipsters, leaves very little to the imagination, detailing practically every new feature to expect. In addition to the previously revealed glass-covered touchscreen (instead of plastic) and bundled “SmartSensor” with magnetic base, the new unit now supports 5GHz Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, several advanced Amazon Alexa calling features to compliment its built-in voice assistant, and the ability to act as a speaker for your Spotify music. (We’ll have to see if it’s any … [Read more...] about This is Ecobee’s new glass-covered smart thermostat
Amazon has announced the Blink XT2, the follow-up to Blink’s XT camera that was released in late 2016. The Blink XT2 is built with a new chip, which yields a longer two-year battery life via two lithium AA batteries, and enhanced motion detection over the original. Best of all, it costs less. The Blink XT2 is now available for preorder at $89.99 per camera, each of which includes free cloud storage with no monthly fee tied to it. If you’re planning on installing multiple Blink XT2 cameras around your house or property, Amazon is selling a $99.99 bundle that includes an XT2 camera and a Sync Module, which is necessary for pairing the wireless Blink cameras together. Preorders will begin shipping in the US on May 22nd, and the new camera will be available in Canada later this summer. Best Buy will also stock the new Blink camera. The XT2 looks almost exactly the same as the XT, and, similarly, the XT2 is weather-resistant (IP65 rated), and it can record 1080p footage. Amazon … [Read more...] about Amazon’s new Blink XT2 smart camera is cheaper than the original
Amazon has the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Smart Pathway Light Base Kit on sale for $119.83, which is the best price in its history. It is a relatively recent release, but it has never dropped down in cost significantly before this. You might be able to save even more by choosing free no-rush shipping at checkout. Like others in the lineup, this bulb requires a Hue Hub. You can also control it with your voice using an Alexa device. This outdoor light features 16 million colors and all sorts of white shades. It can brighten up dark paths, or you can place it near your grill or patio furniture to add ambience to your backyard. The light is easy to install, and you can pick up additional extensions to illuminate a larger space. Your new gadget is weatherproof and will last up to 25,000 hours. A two-year warranty comes with your purchase as well. For additional smarts outside of your home, check out this discounted outdoor smart plug.This post may contain affiliate links. … [Read more...] about Bring your smart home outdoors with the discounted Philips Hue Calla Pathway Light Base Kit
It's no surprise that we are huge fans of smart home devices, and there are a ton of them out there that you can pick between. Something that you may not have considered adding smarts to is your garage door, but that is about to change. Right now, three of the best options when it comes to smart Wi-Fi garage controllers are on sale, and the best part is that with most of them you can use all of your existing garage door hardware instead of needing to buy a new opener. NEXX Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener The first option comes from NEXX, and this price is only available for today, as it's a one-day sale at Amazon. You can save $30 thanks to this sale, dropping it from $99.99 down to $69.99. This is the most expensive option of the three, but it also offers a bunch of great features to help justify the cost. There's no extra monthly charge to use voice assistants to control it, there's a web app that can be used to control it, and of course a free mobile app for both iOS and Android. It's … [Read more...] about Every home should have one of these discounted smart garage door openers