Insteon Guide: Windows 11/10 Home Hyper V installation for Home Assistant Windows Portable (HassWP)

Following on from my previous Insteon posts about setting up Home Assistant Windows Portable (HassWP) and cheap PCs to run as a server for Docker/Insteon. This post is a guide for anyone wanting to get Home Assistant Windows Portable working on a PC running Windows Home. In my HassWP original post, I installed Home Assistant … Read more

How to use Insteon devices without a cloud connection – Set up Home Assistant on Windows

Yesterday, I reported that Insteon has gone out of business and shut down all their cloud services with no notice. The Insteon app uses the Insteon servers to process the requests from the app, effectively making it useless. Things like schedules are stored on the hub, so these will continue to be processed. However, not … Read more

Insteon smart home automation servers are down & the company is believed to have gone bust

Update: I have written a basic guide on how to get Insteon working with Home Assistant on Windows. Update 2: Confirming what we already knew, Insteon has formally ceased trading and has posted a notification on the website. Users are also being contacted with a Important Notice to Creditors. It is currently being reported that … Read more

TP-Link Tapo P110 Energy Monitoring Smart Plug Review vs Kasa HS110 & KP115 – Half the Price, Almost Identical

I recently wrote a post on ways to try and reduce your electricity bills. One of the main tools I have used in identifying power-hungry devices is the now discontinued TP-Link Kasa HS110. It is a superb smart plug, and have used several of them in combination with the KP105 to monitor and control some … Read more

We.lock Smart Lock Review [SOHO-EU] – Pin code & RFID smart lock makes this more convenient to use than Bold

We.Lock, or Welock, depending on which site you go on, is an affordable Chinese brand specialising in smart locks. They offer a wide range of locks catering for different markets. This includes locks to cater to US deadlocks and a different set of products for the EU market, which typically having a more secure multi-point … Read more

Airthings View Plus Review – An impressive 7 sensors including radon and particulate matter

Since taking an interest in Indoor Air Quality and using and reviewing air purifiers I have found my hay fever and breathing has improved quite a bit. With so many people suffering from allergies and breathing issues I think air quality is an area of health that is becoming increasingly important to people. I have … Read more

Trifo Lucy Robot Vacuum Review – Camera-based VSLAM mapping and home security

UPDATE – New Discount Offer: Available on Amazon here Before price: £299.99 After price: £219.99 (£50code+10%off code) Discount code: mightygadget Start Date: 07/03/2022 8:00 GMT End Date: 20/03/2022 23:59 GMT    There are a huge number of robot vacuums on the market nowadays, and many of them all seem to offer the same features, with few offering anything worthwhile that differentiates themselves. I have recently covered quite a few robot vacuums … Read more

Boundary Smart Alarm Review – DIY monitored smart home security to rival SimpliSafe

Boundary is a new UK based company specialising in DIY Z-Wave powered smart home security systems. This system aims to be an alternative to big names such as SimpliSafe, providing a similar set of features, including 24/7 monitoring with police response if you select the top monthly plan. Both of these brands aim to disrupt … Read more

Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Pro Review vs Philips Series 3000i

I have previously reviewed the Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan and attributed its air purifying feature as a significant component in the improvement of chronic nose congestion I have suffered. I also personally own the well-reviewed Philips Series 3000i and have reviewed some cheaper air purifiers. The problem is that the Phillips and Dyson air … Read more

Aqara Camera Hub G3 Announced for €120/£100 with 2K, pan-and-tilt camera with the local facial and gesture recognition features

Today, Aqara have added another Zigbee hub to their product lineup with availability on the Amazon US, Canada and France. It should come to the UK in the next few weeks. Buy from Amazon: The new camera is a 2K, pan-and-tilt camera with the local facial and gesture recognition features, and it integrates a built-in … Read more

Twinkly Flex & Line Smart LED Lights Review – More customisation & creativity vs Philips Hue

I don’t really follow the tech trends for Christmas lighting, but it turns out Twinkly the Philips Hue of Christmas tree lights. The Twinkly range of lighting provides full smart control of your lighting and unlimited design options mapped to how you have placed your own lights. Twinkly has been expanding into more mainstream smart … Read more

Aqara Smart Hub E1 Review – A new affordable HomeKit compatible Zigbee smart home hub

This week, Aqara announced their latest Hub E1 and is the most affordable hub they have launched on Amazon to date. Currently, this would make it the firth hub they have on Amazon but they have around eight different hubs in total, which seems a little excessive. The new Smart Hub E1 is priced at … Read more

Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1 Review – Smart Home Automated Blinds on the Cheap

Shortly after reviewing the £1k+ Luxaflex PowerView automatic blinds, Aqara offered me a more affordable alternative, the new Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1. This is an adaptor that will convert existing roller blinds that have a beaded chain into automatic blinds. As the Luxaflex blinds let in too much light during the daytime, I decided … Read more

Aqara M1S and M2 will be upgraded to support Matter a new connectivity standard for IoT devices

The world of home automation has always been a little confusing thanks to all the competing technologies. The two big ones are Zigbee and Z-Wave, but you then also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and many proprietary systems from the likes of Philips Hue, Lightwave, Den Automation and others. To make things simpler, but also more confusing, … Read more

Luxaflex PowerView Smart Home Blinds Review

Most of the smart home tech I cover leans towards the more affordable end of the spectrum that most consumers can implement themselves. However, higher-end products are always in demand giving buyers more options. I recently was had the chance to try out Luxaflex PowerView for a basic installation in my spare bedroom. This is … Read more

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