Controlling Philips Hue with Samsung Smartthings

Here, I explore how you add your Philips Hue system into Samsung Smartthings.  I look at the setup process, how to control your lights, and how to create Smartthings 'Scenes'.  Read on for more details of the overall process and how well the system works.

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Samsung Smartthings Unboxing and Setup Part 2

In this post, I want to take you through my experiences of setting up the Samsung Smartthings Hub, using my Android Smartphone.  In the video I'll show you how things went, and below I'll outline a few additional details.  I'll run through how I found the setup process, and what I'm hoping to acheive now that it's complete.

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Samsung Smartthings Unboxing and Setup Part 1

A few of you have asked whether I planned to add a central controller or hub to our Smart Home.  The answer? Yes! Today I get started on that process.  We've chosen to add a Samsung Smartthings hub, and here I begin by taking a look at what that is, and (as you'll see in the video), the unboxing.

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Discovering Alexa Skills

Skills are to voice assistants what apps are to smartphones.  They extend the capabilities of your smart voice assistant speaker so that it can do more.  Skills might let you control smart home tech, they might let you order takeaway, check the status of your car, or even simply guard your home!  In this post I explore a little about how it works.

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IFTTT Integration Overview

Smart Home technology gets a lot more interesting when you can integrate it all together.  Some smart home kit can link up with other gear you have directly. For when it can't, you'll need to find a way to make that happen. That could be a home controller or hub, or it could be using an online service like IFTTT.  Here, I'll go through a brief overview of what it is, and how it works.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro Update

Not so much a review, but more of an update, on how we've been getting on with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.  In this update I want to let you know how those 'quirks' we spotted during installation have panned out, and our experiences so far now that it's been installed for a few weeks.

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Controlling Sonos with Alexa

Though you may have missed it given it clashed with Google's announcements, Sonos also had some news to share last week. You can now control your Sonos wireless speakers using Amazon Alexa.  It's still in Beta, but I've been trying it out.

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Controlling Philips Hue with Alexa

After my previous attempts at using voice controls to boss my smart lighting around with Siri & Cortana gave mixed results, I was keen to see if Alexa on our Amazon Echo Dot faired any better.  Thankfully, Alexa seems much more capable.  Read on to learn more.

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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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