How to Set Up an Amazon Echo Dot Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on March 13, 2018

How to Set Up an Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Alexa seems to be many people’s best friend. If you want an inexpensive way to bring the convenience and functionality of Alexa into your home, you might consider the Echo Dot. (Note: Comparisons of Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Pro are included in this article on home automation systems). Happily, Echo Dot requires a...

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Squeaky-Clean Future with iLife A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on March 6, 2018

Squeaky-Clean Future with iLife A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

For anyone who has considered delving into a life of ease and luxury with a robotic vacuum cleaner, you’re aware that there are many different robot vacuum options on the market today. It can be hard to choose which robot vacuum is right for you and your space. To add to your research, we’d like...

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Neato BotVac vs. iRobot Roomba 980: Which Robot Vacuum is Better for You? Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on February 27, 2018

Neato BotVac vs. iRobot Roomba 980: Which Robot Vacuum is Better for You?

With our technologically advancing world, there are a variety of wonderfully convenient, hands-free cleaning options available to us, including robot vacuums. Two of the robotic vacuums considered by many to be the best on the market these days are the Neato BotVac Connected and the iRobot Roomba 980. But, as you will want your robot...

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The Best Smart Plugs for a Smart Home’s First Steps or Add-Ons Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on February 20, 2018

The Best Smart Plugs for a Smart Home’s First Steps or Add-Ons

Smart home automation and smart technology is definitely on the rise in popularity and commonplace. While it’s not a big step to move toward smart home gadgetry if you’re already well within the techy front lines, it’s a significant, and often overwhelming, concept for those who don’t dabble as much in the latest and greatest...

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What is the Best Smoke Detector for Safety, Function, & Price? Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on February 13, 2018

What is the Best Smoke Detector for Safety, Function, & Price?

There are few things more important, safety-wise, than having a functional smoke detector in your home. Smoke detectors are, as a general rule, fairly inexpensive to purchase and provide such peace of mind. In addition, they can usually be installed simply and quickly, even by non-professionals. Any smoke alarm that has a higher price than...

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A Closer Look at Neato Botvac Connected: Design, Features, & Performance Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on February 5, 2018

A Closer Look at Neato Botvac Connected: Design, Features, & Performance

We’re all aware of robot vacuums and the impact they have had on clean floors over the past recent years. They’re certainly a cool, modern twist on traditional cleaning needs and methods. But, if we’re being honest, robot vacuums are becoming more common, which means that newer models will have a harder time impressing –...

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iRobot Roomba 980 Review – The Good, The Bad, & The Bottom Line Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on January 23, 2018

iRobot Roomba 980 Review – The Good, The Bad, & The Bottom Line

As if we needed an excuse to hang out on the couch a few minutes longer, iRobot’s Roomba 980 has given us just that – app control to conduct your easiest floor cleaning efforts ever. In this article, we’re going to review the Roomba 980: what it is, pros and cons, and the ways it...

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A Beginner’s Guide to a Home Automation System Full story

Posted in Smart Home | by Brittney Smart, on January 17, 2018

A Beginner’s Guide to a Home Automation System

Home automation is a rapidly growing market in today’s technology-savvy world. It’s an appealing blend of technology and convenience (and a plain old cool factor) that, not surprisingly, has resulted in a multi-billion-dollar industry…and growing. Very simply put, a home automation system is a system that helps to automatically control home appliances using different technologies...

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