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Top 3 Amazon Echo Dot Accessories

Amazon Echo Remote If you’re having issues with your Amazon Echo hearing your voice, you might want to consider one of these remotes.  Not only does it let you control music playback, but it also has...

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Best Smart Home Hubs for 2017

One of the core pieces of your smart home is going to be your hub.  There are a lot of hub-free devices that I’ve spoken about many times, such as the Belkin WeMo line.  For other...

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Beginners Guide to a Smart Home

When it comes to building out a smart home, there are a lot of options out there.  What protocol should you use?  What products should you use?  Does Product A work with Product B?...

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Understanding Home Automation Protocols

There are many different ways that home automation devices can talk with each other.  Wifi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and Zigbee are just some.  Which one should you go with and what are the differences with...

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Smart Outlet Options

When it comes to smart outlets, you have a few different choices.  You could go for a cleaner look and get an in-wall outlet that replaces your traditional outlet.  That requires some re-wiring and...

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Top 3 Amazon Echo Features

If you’re anything like me, you just got an Amazon Echo and are wondering what to do with it.  While I’ve been going back and forth between the Echo and Google Home, an unexpected gift put me down...