Tag Archive: Home


Project Fi’s latest offer gives you a free Google Home if you buy a Pixel

The offer is good through July 29.

Who doesn’t like free stuff? And who doesn’t like smart little virtual assistants you can talk to? Google Home is both, and you can get one in your own home if you purchase a brand new Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone through Project Fi.

You can read up on the terms for the free Google Home promotion here. The Pixel starts at $ 649 at Project Fi’s online storefront. You  [Read More…]

How to add new smart home hardware to Alexa Groups

Adding your new smart home hardware to an Alexa group should only take a moment or two.

Alexa works hard to make itself a hub for all of your questions and technology. This of course includes Smart Home hardware, like Hue bulbs. Before you can go about making your house listen to your spoken commands though, you’ll need to add that new hardware to Alexa. Thankfully this is a very easy process, and shouldn’t take you more  [Read More…]

What you need to know when considering a smart lock for your home

Not all smart locks are created equal. In fact, many aren’t even all that smart.

There are some incredible benefits to home automation, but when it comes to securing your home, it’s important to not simply buy the cheapest thing on the shelf. There’s a lot to these “smart” locks, and not all of them live up to the promises in the packaging.

Here’s a quick look at what you can do to make sure your smart  [Read More…]

Using Alexa Scenes to control your home like magic

How do I use Alexa Scenes?

Most connected home gadgets have a way to do things automatically or based on specific conditions. That’s the whole appeal after all: being able to automate parts of your life. That might be changing the color temperature in your living room when it’s time to watch a movie or maybe just making sure the cable box is set to a specific channel when you turn on your television. Either way, Amazon  [Read More…]

Staying stationary with MrMobile: Home is where the tech is

“MrMobile” isn’t just a name; it’s a lifestyle. That means I normally only cover technology that takes you from your doorstep to distant destinations. But there’s an awful lot of interesting tech made for the home that’s cropped up over the past year that you’ve been asking about … and frankly, I don’t know much about any of it! So I hopped a plane to Pensacola, Florida to meet up with someone who does.

Join me as Modern Dad  [Read More…]

Router vs. Mesh Networking: What’s best for your home Wi-Fi network?

Don’t just replace a working home Wi-Fi network because Google Wi-Fi is new, but if you need a change here are some tips to get you started.

Google Wifi isn’t the first consumer-focused mesh networking product. Offerings from eero and Luma have been around for a while and offer a mesh networking solution very much the same as what Google is selling. The difference is that Google Wi-Fi is a good bit cheaper and comes from a  [Read More…]

Samsung’s vision for the smart home is that it should be easy to set up

Samsung’s Connect Home isn’t out yet, but you might want to consider stocking up on companion SmartThings when it’s on sale.

The idea of the smart home isn’t anything new. Technology companies have been attempting to sell us on the idea for quite a few years, though it’s only recently that the idea of a souped-up home has become the norm. And even though the idea of converting your house into something less dumb can seem cost-prohibitive,  [Read More…]

Speed up your home Wi-Fi with discounts on select TP-Link gear today only

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time helping you make your Wi-Fi faster for less!

If you’ve been looking for some new networking gear, you’ll want to check out Amazon’s Deal of the Day which discounts a variety of TP-Link’s products. From gigabit Ethernet switches to network extenders and Wi-Fi routers to cable modems, there is a deal here for just about everyone.

With these prices, today is a great day to stop renting your  [Read More…]

Google Home gets pre-order and release date in Canada

“OK Google… when the heck are you coming to Canada?!”

Google Home has been out in the United States since November, it’s been out in England since spring, and Google promised to bring it to five more countries, including Canada, with the ever-vague “this summer”, but not concrete release date. Well, we’ve got that release date, and open pre-orders to go with it.

Google Home is available for pre-order at $ 179.99 starting today at the  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Connect Home smart mesh Wi-Fi system will be available July 2, starting at $169 each

Another smart home mesh Wi-Fi solution for you to consider.

Samsung’s new mesh Wi-Fi solution, the Connect Home, was announced back with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ but was understandably overshadowed by the flagship phones. Now a couple months removed from the hype, the Connect Home is finally getting a price and launch date. Best Buy is the exclusive launch partner for the system, and pre-orders will open up on June 4 for a launch on July 2 —  [Read More…]