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DIY Essentials by AverageTech - Cable Clips

Cable Management Tools for DIY Home Automation Projects

Black extension cord running along a white baseboard? Matrix of cables hanging from your new flat screen? Three power strips plugged into each other in the closet? These types of finishing touches can detract from the hard work and hours it took to setup. A few simple additions focused on cable management, like cable clips or raceways, can give any project a professional appearance.
How to Maximize Home Wifi Speeds

How to Optimize Your Home WiFi Network for Speed

In addition to router brand, home size, and internet service provider (ISP) speed caps, there are a number physical factors - inside and outside - which can affect performance and speed of the WiFi network in your home. It's important to think about these factors when placing access points, and mesh network nodes, around your house.
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Top 5 Qi Wireless Chargers for iPhone & Android

What is Wireless Charging? Wireless charging uses magnetic induction to charge devices without requiring any manual insertion of cables or plugs. Energy is transferred via touch-contact from the 'charging pad' into the back of your iPhone or Android device. Many newer Android phones also support wireless...
WebCore for SmartThings

WebCoRE Automation for SmartThings

What is webCoRE? webCoRE ("Community's own Rule Engine") is a free, 'rule engine', with advanced capabilities, for Samsung SmartThings; WebCoRE enables full customization of tiggers, automation flows, geo-fencing, and much more. While users can create their own scripts, no coding experience is required to get started. WebCoRE interprets...
Mac Stuck on Loading Screen

3 Steps to fix Frozen MacBook on Startup

If your MacBook or MacBook Pro is frozen and unresponsive, you likely just need to reset a few system settings. In most cases, you can save yourself a trip to the Genius Bar with the 3 simple steps outlined below. Each step is...
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iPhone XS vs. iPhone XR: Compare Price, Specs, and Design

On Wednesday, September 12th, 2018, Apple unveiled a total of 3 new iPhones: iPhone XS/XS Max - Starting at $999 Apple's new flagship iPhone, pronounced "iPhone Ten S" and "iPhone Ten S Max" Highest-performance iPhone available Glass front and back, dual cameras, 3 colors ...
iPhone-XR launch colors

Apple Announces iPhone XR: 6.1-Inch Display for $749

On September 12, 2018, Apple unveiled the iPhone XR - the newest addition to the iPhone family. Price: Starting at $749 Sizes: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Colors: Blue, Coral, Yellow, Product Red, Black, and White Retail Availability: Pre-order:  Friday, October 19 Buy In Stores: Friday, October...
Clamp mount for thick desk

How to Mount iMac Display to Adjustable Arm Mount for Thick Desktops

My home office has two 24" Apple LED Cinema displays powered by a 15" MacBook Pro. The monitors are mounted to their factory display stands, which offer limited adjustments to screen angle and can't be swiveled or turned easily. The monitor stands also take...
Samsung SmartThings Hub Product Photo

SmartThings Home Automation Guide

Samsung SmartThings is a powerful, customizable smart home hub offering both Z-Wave and Zigbee compatibility. Unlimited possibilities of automations, triggers, devices, and custom smart apps make Samsung Smartthings the most versatile and user-friendly smart home hub offered today....
airport express airplay 7.8 firmware

AirPort Express firmware update enables AirPlay 2 and Apple Home App support

AirPlay 2 is now supported on AirPort Express with firmware version 7.8+ Also includes support for Apple's Home App - native home automation on iOS The AirPort line of products, which include the AirPort Express, are no longer sold in stores and discontinued...