HOUSE TO SMART

Aqara switch – the almost secret feature: convert to wireless

The Aqara wall switch is a beautiful looking wall switch that is easy to use and automate. More importantly, it is HomeKit compatible and is relatively affordable. But it’s also got a hidden feature that most people don’t know about, which is what we will be talking about today. If you did not catch our

How to – Install Yeelight Ceiling, Connect to Remote, Dimmer, and Apps

The Yeelight Ceiling Light is an affordable, sleek and HomeKit compatible Smart Ceiling light. Being HomeKit Compatible makes it easy to work with, especially if you are in the Aqara, Mi Home or HomeKit ecosystem. Today, we take you through how to physically install the Ceiling Light, connect it to the remote, the dimmer switch

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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