Better functionality with the Philips Hue Motion Sensor, HomeKit Accessory Notifications only when you're not at home, extra mics for the Amazon Echo? Those questions and more in this Q&A!
Questions this month revolved around HomeKit smart locks and multi-location dimmers, along with a curious viewer who's not sure if a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi smart device will talk to a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.
Google announced this new feature at Google I/O in May, but didn't mention when it would go live. Well, the wait is over...at least for the United States (for now). Actual (and free) phone calls to real phone numbers is now available on Google Home.
IKEA’s initial roll-out of smart lighting is a good value with a limited set of functionality, whether you use the physical remotes or the app and their gateway. But luckily, IKEA built Tradfri on the ubiquitous Zigbee standard, so it’s possible to use the Swedish smart bulbs on other smart home controllers.
Mesh networking, whether it’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, seems to be the question of the month from multiple viewers, along with HomeKit multi-user capabilities and how to get started doing smart home consulting.
What's the better choice...smart dimmers or smart lighting? Other than the obvious differences, it can be a bit of a tricky decision to make. Cost can be a big factor, once you add up all of the lighting that you wish to control.
Questions this month ranged from smart home bandwidth concerns to Bluetooth smart lock connection issues to how to automate a programmable or push-button coffee maker!
This month it's questions on LIFX, weather notifications from IFTTT and what's the best remotely-controllable smart "spotlight", and the "viewer mail" comes in from around the world!