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Sonos One vs. Sonos Play:1 – What’s the difference?

The main, and biggest, difference between the 'Play:1' and 'One' is Alexa - the Sonos One has Amazon Alexa voice assistant built in. Both the Sonos Play:1 and Sonos One have 2 drivers, built-in WiFi, a standard wall plug, and are wall-mount compatible.
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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The Ultimate Guide to Buttons for SmartThings

After reviewing over 25 smart buttons for SmartThings and other smart home hubs, we thought it'd be helpful to single-out the top 3 buttons to date. The buttons we link to below are natively compatible with SmartThings, and utilize Z-wave, Zigbee, and sometimes both.
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Compare Schlage Locks: Connect vs. Touch vs. Sense

Before you buy a Schlage door lock for yourself, it’s important to determine which of the three types you need: Schlage Touch, Schlage Connect, or Schlage Sense. If you're shopping for a smart door lock from Schlage, you've likely seen multiple product lines, and ultimately...
Aeotec WallMote product overview

Aeotec WallMote

WallMote Dual Button Remote Aeotec WallMote - Two Button Remote for Samsung SmartThings The WallMote from Aeotec is a sleek and simple dual-button remote control with Z-Wave Plus radio and native SmartThings compatibility. Available on...
Aeotech NanoMote on AverageTech: Review

Aeotec NanoMote Quad: Multi-function Z-Wave Controller

Released in early 2019, the new Aeotec NanoMote (Available on Amazon) comes natively compatible with Samsung SmartThings, in addition to other Z-Wave Smart Home Hubs. Offering 4 physical buttons, each with 2 touch-modes (short press & long press), the NanoMote is an upgrade to the Aeotec WallMote Dual and Quad button controllers. Comparatively, the NanoMote is significantly smaller; measuring about 2-inches by 2/3-inch.
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Top Z-Wave Door Locks for Samsung SmartThings

Schlage Smart Locks for SmartThings Security is a core component of any modern smart home, and ultimately smart home security boils down to access control. There are a number of ways to control ingress and egress through doors and windows, but the most popular consumer...
COVID-19 Wear a Mask

3 Household Materials That Filter Out Viruses (DIY COVID-19 Face masks)

The CDC and White House now recommend wearing a homemade face mask when you venture out of your house. These recommendations specifically refer to homemade masks, to avoid diminishing the already depleted N95 face mask supply - desperately needed by hospital and front-line workers repeatedly exposed to the Coronavirus COVID-19.
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Smart Home Security: SimpliSafe vs. Iris vs. SmartThings

As you work to make your dumb home smarter, you've probably thought about home security. The most common security system in the US is a hardwired, professionally installed system monitored by ADT. ADT monitoring can cost $60+ and doesn't include any additional services. With the...
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Control Existing Window Blinds with Voice & App

Available on Amazon The idea behind MySmartBlinds is simple: place a small WiFi/Bluetooth servo motor, hidden inside the existing housing of your window blinds, to open, close, and adjust the angle of the slats manually, or on a...