Ring Doorbell 3 Plus Review – Privacy concerns aside, Ring still dominate the battery-powered smart doorbell market

[Update 12/05/2020] Ring reached out to me to confirm some of the privacy aspects of their system. I have copied the full statement at the bottom of the review Smart home surveillance and smart doorbells have boomed in the past few years with dozens of options available on Amazon. However, if you are looking for … Read more

Ring Video Doorbell 3 vs 3 Plus vs 2 vs Pro vs Eufy Doorbell – What has Ring improved? Which is the best alternative?

There is no getting away from the awful PR Ring has had recently, it has been revealed that the company has some serious issues with privacy as well as agreements with law enforcement to share your data. They are trying to improve though; they claim to have locked down the privacy concerns enforcing mandatory 2FA … Read more

Aranet4 HOME Wireless Indoor Air Quality Monitor measuring CO2, Temperature, Relative Humidity and more

IoT devices that measure air quality are becoming increasingly common. I reviewed the Foobot back in 2017, then the Airthings Wave Plus in 2019. Recently I have been testing the Aranet4 HOME from the Latvian company SAF Tehnika. While the effects of high levels of CO2 were long thought to be benign, research has found that concentrations … Read more

The best Z-Wave & Smart Home Switches & Buttons – Wireless & wired switches for lights and automation

Buttons and switches are a superb addition to any smart home system allowing you to carry commands without reaching for your phone or shouting at Alexa. When I started this post, I knew there were a lot of options, but it turns out there are way more products that I realised. I have been looking … Read more

GeoSmartPro AirGo Smart Fan Review – App controlled fan awarded a quiet mark rating that isn’t very quiet.

You can get pretty much anything app-controlled nowadays; there is even an Alexa controlled microwave.  So it is no surprise there is an app-controlled pedestal fan if anything I was surprised at the lack of competing options. I specifically bought this fan to be able to use it when I go to sleep. I am … Read more

Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub Review – Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer with Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

With April getting very warm, and all of us in lockdown, many of us will be trying to make life a little more enjoyable by having a BBQ. With so much time on our hands, it is well worth trying out smoking and other more advanced forms of cooking than just burgers and sausages. BBQ … Read more

Setting up Anker Eufycam 2C with a NAS Surveillance Station or BlueIris NVR

The Anker Eufycam 2C is my current favourite wire-free security camera, it is affordable, has a built-in spotlight, offers colour night vision and best of all has human detection to reduce all the annoying false alerts. On top of all this, Eufy cameras also have an RTSP option which allows you to integrate it with … Read more

The best smart plug sockets for the UK in 2020 – Smart double sockets to retrofit existing plugs

The smart home industry is booming, and you can find Alexa in almost everything nowadays. For UK users, two things that don’t have a lot of options are our existing light switches and plug sockets. Last year Den Automation entered the market with a new and innovative solution, only to go bust a few months … Read more

Yale Smart Safe & Smart Cabinet Lock Announced – The US also gets a Smart Delivery Box to stop Porch Pirates

Following on from the Yale Linus Smart Lock news, Yale have also expanded their product range with a variety of smart storage solutions. Basically, everything Yale is known for will eventually become smart. There are two new products for the UK and a Smart Delivery Box for the US. Yale Smart Delivery Box I feel … Read more

Blurams Launches Advanced Smart Doorbell with Free AI Facial Recognition for just $89.99.

I was previously impressed with the performance of the Blurams Outdoor Pro, the affordable camera is one of the few AI facial recognition cameras on the market and it was quite accurate, much better than standard motion detection. Blurams are now taking that tech and shoving it in a smart doorbell and to make things … Read more

Netatmo Smart Door Lock vs Yale Conexis L1 vs Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 vs Danalock V3 – What is the best smart lock for UK euro lock multipoint uPVC doors

Netatmo Smart Door Lock vs Yale Conexis L1 vs Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 vs Danalock V3

Netatmo is the latest company to enter the smart lock market with the innovatively named Smart Door Lock and Keys. While there are a lot of products on the market, the big names such as August are designed for deadlocks only, but in the UK for our uPVC doors, we use multi-point locks with a … Read more

Ring launch Access Controller Pro for gates, lightbulbs and garden lights. Promises to be better with your privacy

Ring has had a string of bad publicity recently, so their CES product launch is somewhat tarnished. It has recently come to light, that Ring has been working with police to make it easier for them to access footage, and they are facing legal action for poor security and also a data breach. So as … Read more

CES: LIFX Smart Filament Bulb, Four-Gang Switch & 3. LIFX Z TV 360˚Kit launched

LIFX is expanding its smart lighting product range during CES 2020. LIFX Filament White In store: Spring 2020/ Target RRP: USD $29.99 The first product in the announcement is the new Filament White which allows you to have smart lights with vintage style Edison-type lights. LIFX will launch smokey, amber and clear glass versions, making … Read more

CES: Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is the first wireless floodlight camera

I am a big fan of floodlight and spotlight cameras, I have both the Ezviz Floodlight and Netatmo Presence. The problem with both of these is that they need to be wired into your mains, because big lights use more power. Arlo thinks they can do better than this and have launched the Arlo Pro … Read more