Ring Video Doorbell app User Interface tour

Now that our Ring Video Doorbell Pro is installed, I want to show you through the user interface of the app so you can get a better idea of what you can do.  Check out the video for the full tour, and my post below for a description of the functionality both in the iOS app, and Windows 10 app.

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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

Lightbulbs and lamps aren't the only way to add lighting to your home.  Flexible adhesive LED lightstrips can also be a great way to add lighting, and pleasant lighting effects.  Doing this with smart lighting can make installing and controlling it even easier.  With that in mind, we added Philips Hue Lightstrips to our Kitchen.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro Setup and First Impressions

We've now 'plumbed in' our Ring Video Doorbell Pro.  Unlike some of our other kit that was rather more 'Plug & Play' - this took a bit more effort.  It wasn't all smooth sailing, so read on for our experiences and first impressions.

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Smart Home Security Ring Video Doorbell Pro Unboxing

It's time to open up another new area of our Smart Home project - security.  After having thought a lot about where to start, we decided to give our humble doorbell a bit of a makeover.  Read on to discover more about our plans.

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Philips Hue to the Kitchen & Beyond Unboxing

It's time to expand our Philips Hue lighting again, and this time we're focussing on the Kitchen, and even outdoors! We got a haul of new Hue gear to do this, including Hue LED Lightstrips, a motion sensor, and Hue 'White' bulb - none of which we've had so far before. Here, I go through the unboxing to let you know what you get!

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Controlling Philips Hue with Siri

The world of science fiction long foretold of a future where we could speak to our computers.  Today, this often takes the form of voice assistants in our homes and in our phones.  In this post I explore a little about using Apple's 'Siri' voice assistant to control Philips Hue smart lighting.

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Discovering Sonos Trueplay Tuning

Our Sonos speakers sounded great out of the box, but with Trueplay tuning they sound even better! In this post I explore how this feature works, and why everyone should do it.  However, I also outline how you might not be able to use this feature.  Read on...

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Sonos Playbar Home Cinema

We've expanded our Smart Home Entertainment system with another Sonos speaker - the Playbar.  Here, I explore some of the major differences between the Playbar and the Play 1 (besides the obvious), and outline the features you might be interested in for your own setup.

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Discovering Philips Hue Music Sync

In a previous post "Discovering Philips Hue Movie Sync", I explored how you can use your smartphone to sync your Philips Hue Smart Lighting with your TV.  Well, you can do the same thing with music!  Read on and watch the video to find out what I've learned about this so far.

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Philips Hue Sleep Wake Up

We've expanded our Philips Hue setup into the Bedroom.  Smart Lighting in the bedroom can let you use light to help you go to sleep at night, and help you wake up in the morning.  Here, I explore some of the ways you can use Philips Hue to achieve this.

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Sonos User Interface Tour

In this article I have a quick review of the Sonos app user interface.  I'll explain the basics of playing music, the various different types of music service you can access, and explore a few other features.

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Sonos Setup

Our Sonos Play 1 speaker arrived!  So, it's time to run through setup, and here I share with you the experience of doing this, and the process of getting it up and running.  Also a few first thoughts on the unit are included.

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Starting Smart Entertainment

Whilst I'll be continuing with my smart lighting efforts, I thought it was a good time to get going with a new section for NewHomeTricks - Smart Entertainment.  Specifically, I'll be starting with Music.  In this post & video, I wanted to explore what a smart music system really is, and how it might differ from more basic solutions.

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Controlling Philips Hue with Apple Home

There is more than one way to control your smart home.  Native apps for each system provide a good degree of control. More overarching systems that control all your smart home components can make things much more convenient.  Apple's HomeKit system and Home app for iOS aim to do just that. Here I take a first look.

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Philips Hue Labs: Living Scenes

Having expanded our living room setup by bestowing Philips Hue into a tower lamp, we were keen to find a way to enable some form of 'colour cycling'.  Thankfully, there's a very easy way to do this, and it comes right inside Hue Labs!

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