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The Hikam A7 cameras are a great quality camera for the price. They are packed full with many useful and unique features that work surprisingly well. The app and user interface could use some work, but this thing gets a thumbs up from me!

Using TinyCam pro to host WyzeCams and other cameras is a great way to add your local video feeds into ActionTiles. In this video, we go over adding the cameras to TinyCam Pro and setting up a web server to prepare us to add them into ActionTiles.

Using TinyCam Pro to host WyzeCams and other cameras is a great way to add your local video feeds into ActionTiles. In this video, we go over adding the cameras to ActionTiles from the TinyCam webserver. A username and password can be added and used for the webserver for added security.
Contact, aka door, sensors can be used for much more than just doors and windows if you're creative enough. If you're anything like me, then you have probably purchased some of these when they've gone on sale and have a few extra lying around.
The best part about these cameras are not the cameras themselves. The software, from the app itself to the firmware updates on the camera are what sets them apart. It seems this company really strives to make sure bugs get squashed as quickly as possible and that they listen to what the user have to say.

I bet you’ve never seen a remote control like this before!

Controlling your ceiling fan through your home automation system has been difficult using traditional smart switches or other DIY options. The best method that I've found is using a RF wifi hub connected to Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, etc. This video shows the setup and operation of the BOND by Olibra.

In this video I walk through a couple different scenarios to how you can mount a tablet to your wall for your home automation system. I'm using Amazon Fire tablets because of their low price and ease of use with ActionTiles.

Having a smart mouse trap is actually a really practical idea! The ability to know when a mouse is caught and being able to take care of the mess absolutely beats checking in on it every day. Not to mention if you forget about it, you may have a bit of a mess on your hands.
Getting alerts about a water leak and having the ability to automatically control the water main valve is a huge benefit of having a smart home. Using this setup can save you thousands in the event of a small leak you are unaware of.
Now we are able to broadcast a message or announcement across all our echo devices! This adds so much more functionality being able to send one message to everyone at once. You can actually "ring" the dinner bell! Clever. Let me know what other quirky things you find out.
Not knowing when the laundry is done is typically why we always forget about it after starting a load. With the Dome energy monitoring on/off plug switches, we can monitor when the power consumption drops after the cycle is completed.
Smart video doorbells are growing in popularity, but the big companies are still charging an arm and a leg. Digoo makes cameras and other tech for an affordable price, but unfortunately has some drawbacks. With their newest model of doorbell, in my opinion, you get more for your money than the big brands.

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The Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier is actually a dang good product given it's low price point. Having the ability to control the purifier from your phone from anywhere is a huge bonus. Not to mention the ability to see the quality of the nearby air from anywhere.

The new series "Square One" has officially launched! Check out this video and stay tuned for a number of new episodes in this series! We will cover installations and set-up of all things smart home, so get subscribed!

The new series "Square One" has officially launched! Check out this video on setting up a basic smart lighting system with any old lamp! Stay tuned for a number of new episodes in this series!
The new series "Square One" has officially launched! Check out the introduction: https://youtu.be/X1ZPtT8Zo1I and stay tuned for a number of new episodes in this series! We will cover installations and set-up of all things smart home, so get subscribed! The Ecobee smart thermostats are some of the best smart thermostats out there.
The new series "Square One" has officially launched! Check out this video which is Episode 2 and stay tuned for a number of new episodes in this series! We will cover installations and set-up of all things smart home, so get subscribed!
The new series "Square One" has officially launched! Check out this introduction and stay tuned for a number of new episodes in this series! We will cover installations and set-up of all things smart home, so get subscribed!

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The Dome products are not your typical z-wave devices, they all boast an exceptional set of features. After the price decrease, I'd say most of them are well worth it, especially for the "flood insurance."

Part 2! Ever heard of Dome Home Automation? Me either until they sent me their line up of pretty impressive products. Check out the unboxing and initial impressions. They all use Zwave plus protocol and are compatible with Wink, Vera, Homeseer, and of course, SmartThings.

Learn how to connect your smart home to a tablet!

The Amazon Echo Dot was Amazon's best seller this holiday season. If you were lucky enough to receive one for the holidays, or are looking to pick one up, this video is for you. I don't cover many smart home items since most beginners won't have them anyway.

The inovelli scene enabled dimmer smart switch is able to activate up to 8 different scenes directly from the switch by 2x tap - 5x tap on the top and bottom paddle of the switch.  Pushing and holding will allow the lights to be dimmed up or down, and A single push will simply toggle the switch.

Touch screen panels around your home controlling various devices may seem like a thing of the future, but the fact of the matter is, it’s not.  To my knowledge, ActionTiles is the first real, affordable, user friendly, and reliable system to control your smart devices. This video breaks down how it works and how you go about getting started.

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This video is a review of the AEgooL smart wifi RGB strip lights. In this video, I will explain how it is set up and how it integrates with the Magic Home Pro app, Alexa and IFTTT. This product surprised me with it's in-app functionality as well as its seamless integration with ALexa and IFTTT.

This video shows how I put together a fully automated pet feeder that is integrated with SmartThings. This is part one and shows the construction and overall of how it works. Part two will dive into the programming and SmartThings integration.

Review of the VAUX Echo Dot battery powered speaker. This speaker enhances the sound quality of the Echo Dot as well as powers the device with its internal 5000 mAh battery. 

Part 3 of the Smart Mirror setup series. In this video I show how to configure and add modules to your smart mirror!

Part 2 of the Smart Mirror setup series. In this video I show how I built the frame and installed all the components.

Part 1 of the Smart Mirror setup series that will involve the setup, construction, and configuration of the Smart Mirror. In this video I show how to set up the initial MagicMIrror2 software onto a Raspberry Pi 3.


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Amazon has finally released the multi-room music feature we've all been waiting for. Learn how to use it in your own home!

"Smartify" your lights with this Zwave light switch.

The only Amazon Echo Dot mount that you need.

Showing you how to remove the ads on the 7th generation Amazon Fire tablets.


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Learn how to create a cheap alternative to the Philips Hue Strip.

I'll show how to set up the Raspberry Pi 3. 

Turn Alexa into a full house intercom.

An overview of setting my morning routine using a Smart Things system.


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