Tag Archive: Home


Lenovo Smart Clock vs Google Home Mini

Smart speakers are invading homes everywhere and we have tried just about every one imaginable to help you decide which is the best for you.

Lenovo Smart Clock

New hotness

$ 80 at Lenovo

Pros Display makes this perfect for the nightstand Loud speakers will fill the room Built-in USB port Cons Can’t set Google Photos for photo frame Uses proprietary charging cable No 3.5mm headphone jack

The Lenovo Smart Clock is an excellent addition  [Read More…]

A do-it-yourself home security system perfect for the whole family.

When it comes to your home and family, there is nothing more important than feeling safe and protecting those you love most. Home security has come a long way with plenty of DIY kits for you to set up, monitor and control your home security from anywhere you are. The Ring Alarm kit is a family friendly system that will allow your entire family to feel home is safe and secure. Use this how-to guide to help you  [Read More…]

The Samsung Galaxy Home will now be released in Q3 2019

Just a reminder that Samsung announced this thing ten months ago.

What you need to know The Galaxy Home is now expected to be launched in Q3 of 2019. The speaker was supposed to have been released in the first half of the year. A recent rumor suggests that Samsung’s also working on a smaller version of it.

The Galaxy Home, Samsung’s smart speaker that was announced nearly ten months ago, just got one step closer to  [Read More…]

Why might you need wired connections for smart home networking?

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.

Mesh Wi-Fi with a smart family: Samsung SmartThings Wifi ($ 117 at Amazon) Fast mesh Wi-Fi with  [Read More…]

Samsung’s making a smaller Galaxy Home before launching the first one

There’s no word on its features, price, or release date.

What you need to know An FCC filing has revealed a new smart speaker Samsung’s working on. It’s likely a smaller version of the unreleased Galaxy Home. The normal Galaxy Home should launch in the first half of this year.

In August 2018, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Home at its Galaxy Note 9 launch event. The smart speaker has yet to be released all these months later,  [Read More…]

Is Google Wifi a good solution for a tall home?

Best answer: Yes, Google Wifi can broadcast Wi-Fi signal in all directions including to floors above and below. The connection to mesh points will be stronger with less distance to travel, so it’s recommended to put the next node directly above or below the primary router. Fewer walls or floors between access points will be better for your signal strength.

Set up your mesh network from scratch: Google Wifi 3-pack ($ 239 at Amazon) One more to  [Read More…]

Google gives away almost 20,000 Home Minis

At last night’s Western Conference Finals game between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers, Google made a ton of fans very happy. They gave one lucky fan a chance to sink a half-court shot to send all of the 19,000+ fans in attendance home with a Google Home Mini, but what fans didn’t expect is that if he missed, they’d still get their assistant-enabled speaker too. And that they did.

The giveaway was the largest and most expensive sports  [Read More…]

It’s a great and horrible time to set up a smart home

Until one company makes every piece of the puzzle, your smart home is going to be a mess.

In the small span of 24 hours, smart home enthusiasts learned that IFTTT would soon be dead to millions and that nobody should touch Samsung’s Smartthings or Bixby with a 10-foot pole. While that makes for a great lede to an article about smart home woes, it’s the sort of one-two punch that anyone with more than a passing  [Read More…]

This $150 smart home device can stop fires and make you a better cook

Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. Safera wants to put an end to that.

In 2016, FEMA recorded a total of 364,300 house fires. Of those, over half were caused by cooking. Thanks to numbers like that, cooking has steadily been the number one cause of house fires around the world.

Home fires can be devastating, resulting in ungodly expenses, emotional burden, and death in some cases. There are a lot of ways we can  [Read More…]

The Nest Hub Max is the perfect all-in-one smart home device and I want one

The Nest Hub Max seems to offer everything but whether you should buy it or not, is a complicated question to answer.

The Nest Hub Max is Google’s latest entrant into the smart display market. It’s equipped with a large 10-inch HD screen, a Nest camera and stereo speakers. You may think it’s part of the same range as the Google Home Max thanks to the “Max” moniker, but it’s actually a different product entirely. The Nest  [Read More…]