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Can HomeKit & Siri Control SmartThings? You Can with Homebridge!

Every smart home journey begins with having a few smart appliances, such as smart light bulbs and probably a smart TV. However, it often does not end there… You start adding more and more smart devices. It can get a little crazy remembering how to control each device. Samsung SmartThings is one of the technologies …

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How Much Does a Lutron System Cost? Why Is Lutron So Expensive?

I was recently shopping for smart switches so I could swap out an old switch that only turns the lights on and off. I wanted to be able to add some home automation so that the switch would turn on and off based on certain activities. Lutron was one of the brands I looked at, …

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What Is SimpliSafe Compatible With? What Does SimpliSafe Integrate With? (2021 Update)

I was recently helping a friend get their SimpliSafe security system setup. Part of that setup was getting it connected to Amazon Alexa. During the setup, I started wondering what systems work with SimpliSafe? I went home and did my research, and along with my SimpliSafe experience, here is what I found. SimpliSafe is compatible …

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How Does the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Track and Measure Sleep?

Samsung has done a great job at creating the Samsung Health app, as well as the Galaxy smart watches, to help track our health. One important part of a healthy life our sleep, but how exactly does it track our sleep? The Samsung Galaxy Active 2 uses your movement and heart rate to determine if …

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Is It Safe to Use IFTTT? Security Concerns When Using IFTTT

Cybersecurity is becoming more and more important as more of the things we use turn digital. The smart home is one example, and IFTTT has become a cornerstone in linking non-compatible devices together. In order to do this, it requires storing log in information to several accounts. This makes it important to ask about its …

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How Do I Reset SimpliSafe For New Owner? Can You Take It When You Move?

Are you selling your house and leaving your SimpliSafe security system for the new owner? Or perhaps you are just selling your SimpliSafe system. This is what you need to do when transferring ownership of your SimpliSafe. The SimpliSafe Security system is not designed to be reset. In order to prepare your SimpliSafe for new …

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Multiple Smart Bulbs in One Fixture & How to Sync Smart Bulbs Together?

After purchasing a set of smart light bulbs for a particular fixture, many people are faced with the trouble of getting them to work together. I get it. Who wants to have to turn each light on or off individually, especially when you are used to turning all of the lights on with the flip …

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Is There A Panic Button on The SimpliSafe Keypad? What Is the Red Button?

The SimpliSafe Base Station may be called “the brains” of the security system, but the Keypad is used to control the whole thing when it is not connected to Wi-Fi.  For something as important as a home security system, you want to make sure that you understand every aspect of it. Right now, it’s time …

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SimpliSafe PIN FAQ: PIN Types, How to Reset, Limits and More

The Master PIN is your key to using the SimpliSafe Security system. As a result, I have seen lots of questions surrounding the topic of PIN codes, so I decided to write this article that will hopefully help you out. First, I want to point out that there are two types of SimpliSafe Security systems, …

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Who Is Tuya? What is the Tuya Smart App? Tuya Explained Here

I was recently shopping around for some new smart bulbs and came across a package that had a “Powered by Tuya” logo on it. This was along side the typical Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, etc. I had heard of Tuya before, but dismissed them as a no-name knock off company. Seeing the Tuya branding …

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