HOUSE TO SMART

How to – installing an aqara wired smart switch

We showed you how to add a wireless child device previously. Today, we show you how to install an Aqara wall switch. This is probably one of the most difficult devices to install in most homes, yet in my opinion is the most important one. It is difficult because it requires a neutral wire to be pulled through, which in

How to – adding a xiaomi gateway or hub to your home

Hi folks! It’s been a while! This tutorial video is on adding a Xiaomi gateway! Note that this gateway is also known as a hub, and it is also known as Mijia or MiHome. This is NOT the Aqara hub. We also take you through how to create an account and rename your home! Today we finally get to doing

iOS 14 and home automation

Apple has just concluded the WWDC and one of the biggest things that has a direct impact on us Home Automation enthusiasts is the new Back Tap feature. You can be used to trigger Shortcuts, screenshot or even open Google Assistant. If you’ve been using both Siri and Google Assistant like me, you’ll know how cumbersome it is to launch

Talking to each other in a Smart Home – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If you haven’t read that yet, feel free to head over. I’ll be waiting… As promised, today we shall cover the remaining items on the list: 3. Zigbee/Z-WAve4. Other proprietary technologies 3. Zigbee/Z-Wave Now this is where it starts to get complicated. Fred not, for I shall try

Talking to each other in a Smart Home – Part 1

No, it’s not what you think. We haven’t stopped talking to each other after we made our home smart. I mean, I wasn’t referring to not having to tell the wife to switch off the lights… I refer to how your smart devices talk to each other in your home. Now in order for devices to work together, they must

Dumb-Smart or Smart-Dumb?

A quick look into choosing between smart bulb-dumb switch versus smart-switch-dumb bulb options. This post will help you understand the pro’s and con’s of each setup and guide you in your journey of smart-homing.

Is it “a live”?

Before you go into full blown home automation, we need to have a basic understanding of wire circuitry at home. Prior to that, let’s do a little time travel – Singapore is former British colony because of a certain Sir Stamford Raffles who supposedly stepped onto our shores… the rest, as they say, is history. Like literally. But that also

The dirty secrets of bathroom fittings industry

The renovation industry is full of dirty tricks, dodgy practices and sometimes feel like down right scams (not all, but the danger is there). In fact, it is one of industries with the highest number of complaints in the past decade. However, there’s no way to avoid it; we can only be smart about it. At some point you will

Installing an Exhaust Fan

SAFETY WARNING: Some parts of this blog post involves working with live electricity.Please engage a certified electrician for electrical works, especially if you have no idea what you are doing. Always ensure that power is cut at the DB box to be safe. Test with a test pen before touching any life parts or life wire! We knew we needed

Life is about choices.. not.

It’s a common belief that having choices is good – I mean, that is what capitalism is about, isn’t it? Yet, a study from the year 2000 already told us that more isn’t always better. Psychologists Sheena Iyengar and Mark Lepper studied 2 groups of shoppers in an upscale shopping mall – the first group saw 24 varieties of gourmet

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