A Beginners Guide To The Smart Home

Zigbee versus Zwave Versus Wif Versus RF versus Infrared (IR)
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to which protocol to go for.  Zigbee, Zwave, Wifi or RF.  It really depends on what you consider to be most important, and inevitably you’ll find yourself buying more than one hub to fill a gap left by the other:  

‘Protocols’ are all just wireless communication methods to allow two or more devices to talk to each other.  It’s kind of like how you can tune a radio to different frequencies to listen to different radio stations, and just like a radio has AM and FM there are wireless protocols on different frequency bands.  The main protocols are as follows:


1. Wifi: This protocol is the same one that your mobile phone uses to talk to your router.  It’s great for home automation as devices can communicate with each other fully e.g. a switch can turn a bulb on, and the bulb can tell the switch it was successful, you could query the bulb to ask what brightness level it is at, or ask your Wifi camera if it is recording.


Advantages: No hub required as your router does all the work, easiest solution to implement, and is a good all rounder for cheapness and reliability


Disadvantages: Too many devices will eventually cause a standard Wifi router to struggle to cope with the amount of traffic and you may need to upgrade your router if you buy A LOT of devices.  Because there’s no hub it is reliant on a working Internet connection and a server on the Internet (usually in China) to operate.  People worry about their Internet going down, or the Chinese company going bust rendering all their Smart Home equipment useless.  Some people worry about privacy and security, but their concerns are largely theoretical and mostly unfounded.

Wifi devices don’t require a hub, but rely on a server on the Internet


2. RF:  Operates on 433Mhz or 315Mhz depending on what country you are in and communication is one way (The switch can turn the bulb off but the bulb isn’t intelligent enough to reply to say it was successful)  The Broadlink RM pro is probably the best hub in this category as it supports almost any RF device, whereas much of it’s competition will only control certain RF devices.

Advantages: RF devices tend to be one of the cheapest options because of the 1 way communication and it is fairly reliable as long as your devices aren’t too far away from the hub.  

Disadvantages:  1 way communication only; This can cause issues if you want  for example a touch screen panel that will tell you what is and isn’t turned on as there’s no way to ask the devices.  Similarly if you turn a light off in another room but the frequency didn’t reach then there is no way to know if it worked without going to the room to check.  Similar to Wifi most of these solutions (but not all) will rely on an Internet connection and a server in China; for example Broadlink requires a server in China, but LightwaveRF works locally without an Internet connection.  That said the Broadlink RM Pro can be controlled without an Internet connection if you have a permanently powered Android device to act as a bridge.

The Broadlink RM pro is still the king of RF control


3. Zigbee: Is just like RF but on a different frequency band but has the advantage that just like Wifi the communication is 2 way, so the bulbs and other devices can reply to say “I’m on” or “I’m off”, or even “I am at 50% brightness”.  Ikea is a really good option for Zigbee because it’s insanely cheap (at least as cheap as Zigbee gets), once you get past the poor setup process it’s a great product and easy to use.

Advantages: Reliable and works without Internet, it is renowned as being secure and private and so it tends to be the protocol of choice for enthusiasts.  My personal opinion is that it’s great, but overrated.  

Disadvantages: It’s far more expensive to buy the bulbs and other devices than Wifi or RF, and it always requires a hub such as Philip’s Hue or Samsung Smartthings.  Probably it’s worst failing in my opinion though is that you have to move the devices very close to the hub to pair them which can be a pain if the hub is in the living room and you’re trying to pair a curtain rail in the bedroom. I once had to put my Philips Hue hub on an extension reel, and a VERY long Ethernet cable and dangle it out of my upstairs window in order to pair it with my outside LED strip!!

Zigbee is a growing market and focuses on Privacy and security, but comes at a price

4. Z-Wave: Basically identical to Zigbee; they are rivals similar to Betamax and VHS.  There are less Zwave hubs around compared to Zigbee so the choices are more limited, but smartthings does both Zigbee and Zwave which makes it a really good choice if you’re thinking of going down the enthusiast route.  There are also more complicated enthusiast products that do both in the form of Hubitat’s elevation product and Athom’s Homey product.

Advantages: Same as Zigbee

Disadvantages: Same as Zigbee

Hubitat and Homey aim to control both Zwave and Zigbee protocols under one roof


5. Infrared: This is the protocol your old school TV remote uses to talk to your TV. 

Advantages: Very cheap and has been used in most TV’s and set top boxes for years.  Having an Infrared sending device in your home automation setup allows you to control TV’s and Set top boxes, and old LED strips.  The Broadlink RM pro will actually give you BOTH Infrared and RF control, so well worth considering even if you chose Zigbee as your main hub.

Disadvantages: It is only ‘one way’ the same as RF is and relies on line of sight (if you cover your TV’s infrared receiver your remote can no longer control the TV)  Infrared smart home devices are the same and are therefore the very cheapest option.

Broadlink’s Blackbean and RM pro can both control Infrared devices such as your TV and Set top boxes and for very little money!

Which Smart Home Hub should I get?:
Most devices and hubs come with an antenna capable of only 1 or 2 of the above lines of communication, though device manufacturers are starting to capitalise on this gap in the market by producing hubs with both Zigbee and Zwave antennas in them, and some really expensive hubs are finally being released that contain 3 or 4 different antennas to control almost any product.  Homey is one such product that does Zigbee, Zwave, RF, and Infrared to varying degrees of success.

The problem with buying from different suppliers:
The problem is if you buy a few wifi devices, a zigbee hub and a Broadlink RM pro to control RF then you will have 3 separate apps to control it all.  Smartthings does a very good job of controlling a lot of 3rd party equipment via their app so some of that can be worked around, but sadly not Tuya Wifi (The most popular Wifi Smart Home device manufacturer), and I think it’s also really awkward to get Broadlink to work via Smartthings app too.

  
IFTTT will help with both Broadlink and Tuya as all three companies have IFTTT support which will tie them together over the Internet.  IFTTT is a 3rd party company that allows manufacturers to connect their products to it to allow different suppliers products to talk to one another.  It is an awesome way to plug gaps in your smart home, but does of course rely on the Internet connection to work.  Ultimately there’s no perfect solution, but I did come up with one idea to get all smart home solutions on one touch screen and that is this

Conclusion
It is inevitable that you will buy from more than one company, because there isn’t one company that will solve all of your problems.  As nice as it is to have everything in one place it also means you have all your eggs in one basket.  I personally have Zigbee solutions, Wifi solutions, RF solutions and more than one Infrared controller and all from various companies.  They’re tied together for Voice by Alexa and Google Home, and for a touch panel I recommend either the above linked method, or a Homey hub for beginners or a Hubitat for more seasoned automaters.


If you want to have lights come on when doors are opened or motion is detected, or have your fish tank regulate itself then Smartthings, Homey and Hubitat will all listen to a number of Zigbee sensors and act accordingly.  If you’re looking for a cheaper less complex way to achieve things then Tuya based Wifi devices and sensors are the way forwards, you just have to remember they are reliant on a constant Internet connection and a server in China.

Don’t Buy The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Until You’ve Seen This



The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 has some major failings and most of the reviews are hiding them! A side by side comparison with the much cheaper Anker Eufycam E shows that for most requirements Eufy outperforms the Arlo pro 2, and for hundreds of pounds less money.
I will be completely honest about which areas the Arlo pro 2 wins, and in which areas the Eufy camera has it beat. If you care about your privacy you might be surprised to discover the Eufy camera is the clear winner.
Also in this review I will talk about the smart home aspects of each camera, and demonstrate the ability to view the camera on the Amazon Echo show.

I appreciate The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is a great camera system, but I think you should have ALL the facts and the potential alternatives before you buy one.

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PROOF Philips Hue Is A MASSIVE Waste Of Money


It’s time we stopped paying Philips Hue’s extortionate prices. I’ve owned Philips Hue lights since before Alexa and Google Home existed, and I’ve always felt that despite the price of Philip’s Hue’s products they were a trusted brand and the best quality smart bulb on the market. I decided to challenge my own beliefs and do a side by side comparison with the far cheaper Novostella bulbs which use the Tuya Smart Life eco-system and don’t require a hub. I did some digging on Tuya to see whether the Smart Life platform is likely to have the same longevity and the same reliability as the much bigger Philips Hue brand, and whether we could trust this platform to keep delivering for our smart home. You will be surprised at what I’ve discovered.

This video gives a side by side comparison on colour reproduction, response time, price, ease of use, and explores integration with other smart home products. This video explains everything that both products can do from IFTTT, to Google Assistant to Amazon Alexa. It will also explain how Philips Hue works, who Tuya are and how their business model operates.
I’ve explored the advantages and disadvantages to a system that doesn’t require a hub, and given thought to the real world impact of a cloud based service and have concluded that spending the extra on Hue is just a massive waste of money. I think the facts are pretty compelling but what are your thoughts on my findings? Do you agree or disagree? If so why?
If you’re looking for a Philips Hue alternative or you’re looking for a Novostella Smart Light Bulb Review then look no further, I’ve got you covered 😉 Novostella produce both B22 LED RGB Alexa Light Bulbs and E27 variants. Both also work with Google Home and IFTTT.

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Echo dot
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Are Alexa Enabled Headphones / Earphones Any Good?

 

These are the first Alexa earbuds I’ve seen and this review will tell you everything you need to know before buying a pair. There are a few Alexa enabled Headphones on the market already but this is the first ‘in ear’ Alexa enabled device I’ve come across.

The earbuds use their own Alexa app for Android and i-Phone to interact with your Alexa skills which enables smart home control, music playback and general question and answer discussion with your Amazon Alexa assistant.

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AMAZON
Echo dot
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The £33 Zigbee Smart Home Hub That Could Destroy Smartthings

This Zigbee hub costs just £33 and rivals Samsung Smartthings in both functionality and ease of use, but for versatility it has Smartthings beat!
If you’re a fan of the Tuya wifi smart life products, then you’ll be amazed to hear that they’e ventured into the world of Zigbee devices, and have created their own Zigbee Smart Home hub. There’s no more Zigbee vs Wifi; with this product you can have them all under one eco-system.

Both the Alexa app and The Google Home app will immediately detect your Zigbee and Wifi devices from the Tuya Smart Life server as soon as you add the products to your network and they are controllable as soon as the smart life skill is enabled and you scan for new devices.

This video will also give you an understanding of Zigbee vs Wifi in typical Paul Hibbert style.

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Amazon
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DE: www.amazon.de/dp/B07HJ1LWZ8
FR: www.amazon.fr/dp/B07HJ1BYKM
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ALEXA AND GOOGLE HOME ENABLED LED LIGHT STRIP (Tuya Wifi)
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AMAZON
Echo dot
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Echo:
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BROADLINK RM Pro (And RF plugs)
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RF Plug sockets UK: amzn.to/2QBWT3K
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CONTROL YOUR TV AND INFRARED DEVICES CHEAP!
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Soma Smarthome Blind motor: www.somasmarthome.com
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Nest Gets A Slow Death As Google Back Peddle On “Works With Nest” Shut Down



Google has decided to give Nest a slow death instead of just outright killing it off in August like they originally planned. What does that mean for Alexa and her ability to control Nest now??

Well for one thing this new twist means that you can keep your existing IFTTT recipes and external automations as long as you DON’T accidentally “upgrade” to the new Google account. You will need to keep your Nest account open, BUT you can’t create new recipes or automations as of August 31st, you will only be able to use your old ones.

So when ANY of your Smart Home hardware inevitably dies (Door sensors, motion sensors, hubs etc) and you have to replace it then your Nest connection is broken forever.

Why am I still not happy? Because I flipping paid for IFTTT when I bought the device! I wasn’t told I was renting the connection to IFTTT and Philips Hue and Yonomi until Google tired of maintaining the API.

But Google’s new API is available why don’t IFTTT and all the others just get on board? The reason is simple: Google’s API allows you to send requests to Nest but not have Nest send requests out, so I could create a recipe that changes the temperature, but not have any automation should temperature change, the same is true of all Nest products as of August; I can tell my Camera to start filming, but I can’t have a motion event trigger a task. Googles new API is half the functionality even IF everyone got on board, which is probably why they aren’t bothering.

Will Alexa work? They’re saying it will whilst simultaneously telling us they’re “Working with Amazon”. Why is that present tense? Why is it not “We worked with Amazon”?

I’ve heard several people saying that Google are only doing what Amazon did with Ring. Let me be clear I have no trust or love for either company when it comes to them screwing each other over, BUT; there is a world of difference between witholding a product from your competition from the outset and withdrawing a product from a platform of 30 existing partners. I paid for a product that had integration and as of August I no longer own that product. I’ve been electronically robbed.

If you’re a Nest fanboy telling me “that’s progress, get over it” then you’re part of the problem, how is halving the fucntionality progress? Why not just secure the existing platform, or amalgamate the two? It’s because this isn’t about what they say it’s about, it’s a brand thing and a giant intentional step away from playing nicely with others. One day it may be a service that you’ve paid for that Google snatch out from under you in the name of progress or privacy or security and you’ll be glad there’s someone like me screaming bloody murder on your behalf. If you’re attacking me for drawing attention to this train wreck then you’ve miss-placed your faith in the wrong people.

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ALEXA AND GOOGLE HOME ENABLED LED LIGHT STRIP
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VPN Explained & Why You Need One

If you’re asking yourself “what does a VPN do?” then this video will tell you in simple terms exactly what a VPN does, and all the reasons why you need a VPN for Privacy, for unblocking youtube / Netflix and other streaming sites in your region, and for general peace of mind.

Thanks to Ivacy VPN for sponsoring this video, this video also acts as an Ivacy VPN review and discusses Ivacy’s split tunneling and Internet Kill Switch features and their benefits. Similar to ‘hotspot shield’ Ivacy have an app for almost every client: VPN for Android, VPN For Windows 10, VPN for iphone, and even VPN for Firestick!

There are always a reduction in speed when it comes to VPN’s and this video explains why, so if you’re looking for the best VPN supplier then it’s worth noting that Ivacy have won awards for speed. Ivacy are practically the cheapest VPN supplier out there, so if you’re interested please take a look at one of the below links.

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“Works With Nest” Shut’s Down IFTTT, Is Alexa Next!?



Nest will no longer work with IFTTT as of August, but what about Alexa!?
Google bought Nest back in 2014, but has just made the rather frightening announcement that it is suddenly concerned about everyone’s privacy and is henceforth dropping it’s “works with Nest” program like a hot brick. (I always knew my thermostat was up to no good) The first casualty is massive enough on it’s own; It’s IFTTT and I am livid, but there are far greater concerns about Amazon Alexa and in fact the Smart Home industry as a whole.

3rd party control is about to go out the window: If you bought a Nest specifically because you wanted to be able to control a Thermostat using 3rd party smart home gear then your time may well be up unless your 3rd party company (Philips Hue, LIFX, Wemo, Harmony, LightwaveRF, and Yes; Alexa) decides to spend the time and money not only developing for Google’s new platform but also passing a new series of tests. Homey have already emailed their customers to say they’re not going to jump through these hoops and as of the end of August Homey will no longer be able to control the Nest thermostat, and I imagine it’s because Google have made it clear they don’t want them to.

You can expect a slew of these types of emails over the coming months because Google is closing ranks and tying you into their eco system. I am 99% confident You’re about to witness the birth of a new Apple. You can check the list of current “works with Nest partners” that could be affected here, and it is not a small group!: workswith.nest.com/uk/

Alexa as far as I can tell uses the same connection as any other partner and is a direct competitor to Google, so isn’t the writing kind of already on the wall? If you’re not sure, then here’s some food for thought…
Google is re-branding all of it’s smart home stuff to “Nest”: The Google Hub is now known as the “Nest hub” which is exceptionally worrying… Google and Amazon do not like you using their products to control their competitors gadgets. If they’re re-branding their smart home line to “Nest” then it spells out the future for Nest products pretty clearly. In my opinion it is just a matter of time before you won’t be able to control any Nest products with Alexa, and that includes the thermostat you already bought. Time might prove me wrong, but I think you’re going to see an announcement pretty soon that mirrors the one that just went out about IFTTT and Homey.

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Google Home & Alexa Enabled WIFI Smart Home Plug Sockets £19.99!!

Finally! A proper wired Smart Home plug socket that works with Alexa, works with Google Home and Works with IFTTT and with no hub required! At £19.99 these are easily the cheapest 2 gang smart home outlets on the market and your missus won’t hate you anymore for plugging in bulky smart plugs all over the house. This video will show you how to install any 2 gang electrical socket in no time easily and safely and is a complete review of the wifi plug sockets themselves.

This 2 gang Wifi socket looks just like the Ener-j sockets, but they are much better because they work with the Tuya Smart life app which means they can be paired to hundreds of other Smart Home devices. They work with Alexa and Google Home just by installing the Smart Life skill via either the Amazon Alexa app, or the Google Home app. It also comes with 2 USB ports for added convenience and to help you convince your other half that it’s a good idea 😉

The sockets can also be controlled with Apple Siri / Apple Homekit through IFTTT, check this tutorial to see how it’s done: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MFSXMH3Cuc
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CURTAIN TRACK MOTOR
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US: amzn.to/2xkWSWg
Soma Smarthome Blind motor: www.somasmarthome.com
ALEXA AND GOOGLE HOME ENABLED LED LIGHT STRIP
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US: zemismart.com/led-strip_p0045.html
ROBOVAC VACUUM CLEANER AND MOP
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5 Hidden Alexa Notifications & How To Enable Them

Imagine getting notifications for Ebay listings, or if your favourite Youtuber uploaded a video (wink wink), or notifications for Twitch streams, or even smart home door and motion sensors! These are 5 hidden Alexa notifications and how to enable them!

In this video I will show you how to to setup the Alexa notify me skill to work with IFTTT so that you can get Alexa push notifications for Youtube, Twitch, Ebay, Smart Home equipment, and basically anything! It’s super easy to do and won’t cost you a penny.

Who cares that there’s no Youtube skill for Alexa, just cheat 😉

As promised the Webhooks info is below…
URL: api.notifymyecho.com/v1/NotifyMe
Method: Post
Content Type
application/json
Body: {“notification”: “Someone set us up the bomb”, “accessCode”:“stickyeraccesscodehere”}
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US: amzn.to/2BuN3YQ
BROADLINK RM Pro (And RF plugs)
Broadlink RM pro UK: amzn.to/2fBFyrg
Broadlink RM pro US: amzn.to/2LZF1d1
RF Plug sockets UK: amzn.to/2QBWT3K
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CURTAIN TRACK MOTOR
Amazon
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DE: www.amazon.de/dp/B07HJ1LWZ8
FR: www.amazon.fr/dp/B07HJ1BYKM
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CONTROL YOUR TV AND INFRARED DEVICES CHEAP!
Broadlink RM Mini 3 UK: amzn.to/2nFelnq
Broadlink RM mini 3 US: amzn.to/2JOJAdx
AISIRER WIFI PLUG SOCKET
UK: amzn.to/2MzlYWK
US: amzn.to/2xkWSWg
Soma Smarthome Blind motor: www.somasmarthome.com
ALEXA AND GOOGLE HOME ENABLED LED LIGHT STRIP
UK: amzn.to/2qOQrYl
US: zemismart.com/led-strip_p0045.html
ROBOVAC VACUUM CLEANER AND MOP
Proscenic Robovac:
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US: amzn.to/2MgGEUk
ECHO DOT DESK STAND:
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