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Ring Security System Review Podcast

#008 Ring Security System Review, Smart Security That Won’t Break The Bank.

 Hosted by-James Both

In this episode we review the Ring Smart Home Security System. I’ve tested some of the most popular smart home security systems on the market and I finally got around to testing the Ring Security System. I was originally skeptical of the Ring Security System because I didn’t think it would be as capable as some of the more expensive smart home security systems. However I was pleasantly surprised by the Ring Security System after I installed it. In fact the Ring Security System preformed so well that I decided to replace my current security system and stick with the Ring Security System because of it’s low cost and no contract approach to home security.

You don’t need to subscribe to professional monitoring to use the Ring Home Security System but if you do, it has a low monthly cost of $10 per month and also includes free video storage for an unlimited amount of Ring Cameras or Doorbells at one address.

The Ring Security System is also one of the few security systems that work with Alexa and I love that I can arm and disarm the Ring Security System with my voice.

Related Posts: Read our full post & comparison of the Ring Security System

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Ring Alarm – Home Security System with optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring – No contracts – 8 piece kit – Works with Alexa Check Price On Amazon This Episode Features: 
  • The Ring Security System Review

  • Describing the features of the Ring Security System

  • The different sensors you can connect to the Ring Security system.

  • How you can use the Ring Security System in Your Home.

#008 Ring Security System Review Podcast

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Smart Devices Mentioned in this episode:Ring Security System Review Show Notes
  • Ring Security System Review

  • What the Ring Security System can do.

  • The Ring Security System Features

  • We review all of the sensors that can connect to the Ring Security System.

  • Ring Security System does not require a contract.

  • Ring Security System works with window/door sensors and motion sensors but also works with flood and freeze sensors and smoke alarms to protect your home from multiple threats. Related Post: Ring Water Sensor Review

  • Ring Security System professional monitoring cost is $10 per month and that includes Ring Camera and Doorbell video storage for an unlimited amount of Ring Cameras or Doorbells at one address.  

  • Ring security sensors are wireless so they can be placed anywhere, the batteries are reported to last up to 2 years before needing replacement.

  • Ring Security System has built in battery backup and cellular monitoring.

Ring Flood And Freeze Sensor Works With Ring Security System: Learn More Here

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One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #007 The Smart Door That Can Save Your Life. Lifedoor

#007 Lifedoor The Smart Door That Can Save Your Life

One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #007: Hosted by-James Both

"This smart device can save your life" -James Both

In this episode we interview the co-founder of lifedoor.io Joel Sellinger. Joel has an amazing story and is a fireman who has dedicated his life to serving others and has created a smart home product that can help save lives.

Lifedoor is a smart device that allows your door to close in automatically in the event of a fire. This significantly increases the safety of your home to help contain a fire and give you and your family more time to escape or wait for the fire department to arrive. 

Smart Home Podcast #007: The Smart Door That Can Save Your Life

Joel the co-founder of Lifedoor is a fireman and designed this product to save lives after experiencing a tragic on duty incident as a fireman that a device like life-door could have prevented. 

We hope that you support lifedoor in their journey because they are helping people and families to live safer lives and prevent the devastating affects.  We

You can support Joel’s mission by ordering a smart door device at lifedoor.io

Lifedoor: A Smart Door Can Save Your Life

How Lifedoor Works

This Episode Features: 
  • An Interview with Lifedoor Company Founder Joel Sellinger

  • Smart Door Technology that can save your life

  • A real world tragedy that inspired a man to make the world a safer place.

  • Why fire safety is important and how you can protect your family from fires.

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#007 Life Door The Smart Door That Can Save Your Life

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Smart Thermostat: Nest Thermostat

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Links from the episodeSmart Devices Mentioned:Show Notes (Time Stamped)
  • Interview with Joel Sellinger - Co-founder of lifedoor

  • 1:00 LifeDoor is the smart door that closes when a smoke or fire alarm is activated. Lifedoor was the perfect combination of two careers firefighting and being a builder. 

  • 2:50 What does Lifedoor do? Underwriters laboratories says that fires burn hotter, faster, and more toxic than ever before because of the things that we put in our houses. 

  • 3:30 The standard response time for a fire is 5 Minutes for a Fire Department.  LifeDoor is a smart door designed to extend survivability by closing the door in a fire.  This can greatly increase the safety in a home and survivability. 

  • 4:30 Lifedoor works by listening to your smoke alarms to close the door. It also will repeat the existing smoke alarm in your home. 

  • 6:00 How do you install life door smart door? You can put the Lifedoor on in just a few minutes with a screwdriver.  

  • 7:30 How did Lifedoor get invented? Tragic story of an elderly woman who passed because her door wasn’t closed. Joel saw a need that technology could be used to save lives.  

  • 9:00 Joel couldn’t find any product that did anything similar, after explaining it to a friend.  

  • 10:30 How home automation can save lives using technology.

  • 11:00 What has been your most rewarding day as a fireman? Anytime that they can help someone is a good feeling, second alarm fire and another fire broke out at the same time.  It took 10 minutes for the fire department to arrive after the call.  The Door Protected the kids from the fire for almost 12 minutes and their lives were saved by having their door closed. 

  • 16:00 You can support Lifedoor going to lifedoor.io 

  • 17:51 Lifedoor can help people with limited mobility live safer lives. 

  • 20:00 Many commercial properties and hospitals already use similar products because they understand the importance of protecting people with limited mobility. 

  • 21:45 The Lifedoor device works with Z-Wave to work with the Samsung and Wink Home control hubs. 

  • 23:00 Lifedoor is both a safety device and smart home device. 

What smart home devices does Joel have in his home? 

1. Echo Show 

2. Ring Doorbell 

3. Nest x Yale Front Door Lock 

4. Nest Protect Smoke Alarms 

Joel’s Favorite Smart Home Device? 

Echo Show is Joel’s favorite device because of its functionality, and their daily use of the Echo Show to stream music.  

To order Lifedoor or support Joel and Lifedoor visit:

https://www.lifedoor.io/

@lifedoorinc

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The Sound bar that works with with Alexa, Sonos Beam Review

#010 The Soundbar that works with Alexa, Sonos Beam review

 Hosted by-James Both

One of the newest additions to the smart speaker space is the the Sonos Beam soundbar. If you haven’t heard of Sonos before it’s one of the best brands in audio and the undisputed king of streaming smart home audio. Their products are simple to set up, easy to use and provide great quality streaming audio.

Sonos systems are designed to play streaming audio throughout your home, with full control provided by the Sonos app where you can choose your song, adjust the volume and even sync multiple Sonos speakers together to play the same music throughout your home.

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The Sonos Beam is a smart Sonos soundbar designed to provide beautiful sound when connected to your TV, but it also doubles as a music system to play streaming music though the speaker. One of the best features of the Sonos Beam is that it has Alexa built in so you can directly talk to your Sonos Beam with Alexa commands. When you use Alexa commands you can control your music, control connected light switches or connected smart plugs when using your voice.

Overall the Sonos Beam is a great addition as a soundbar, music system or theater system. I choose to keep the Sonos Beam and use it as a soundbar for my home. I wirelessly connected the Sonos Beam to two Sonos Play:1 speakers to create full surround sound for movie watching.

This Episode Features: 
  • Review of the Sonos Beam soundbar

  • We talk about the features of the Sonos Beam soundbar.

  • How Alexa works with the Sonos Beam

  • How to setup the Sonos Beam for your home

  • Comparison of the Sonos Beam vs Sonos Playbar

Sonos Sound Test Comparison Sonos Beam vs Playbar
Sonos Beam vs Sonos PLAYBAR BASS Sound Comparison (Hip Hop Song Comparison) - YouTube
#010 The Soundbar That Works With Alexa, Sonos Beam Review

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Sonos Beam Soundbar

You can setup your Sonos Beam as a surround sound system using two Sonos Play:1 Speakers, Sonos One Speakers, or Built In Sonos Speakers connected to a Sonos Amp. If you want to add additional bass to your Sonos sound system by adding a Sonos Sub, subwoofer.

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Sonos Beam Review Show Notes
  • Sonos Beam Has Alexa Built in

  • Sonos Beam works with Apple airplay 2 and Sonos Trueplay custom room music tuning.

  • The Beam connects to your TV through and HDMI port and will allow you to control some TV commands like On/Off and Volume using your voice through Alexa commands.

  • Features: 4 Drivers, Center Tweeter and 3 passive radiators for added bass.

  • Easy to setup, intuitive to use and great quality sound.

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The best smart home technologies for grandparents or elderly relatives. We discuss using Alexa to power smart homes for the elderly.

#009 Smart Homes For Grandma

 Hosted by-James Both

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from friends, family and listeners about using smart home technology for their elderly parents or grandparents to help make things a little easier as they age.

The biggest concern people seem to have about implementing smart home technology for their grandparents is that it will be complicated to use or that it won’t work as intended. The reality is that if you choose the right devices and keep the system simple it can be easy for your grandparent or parent to use and make their life and yours a little easier.

In this smart home podcast episode we focus on simple technologies that are easy to use for elderly people to help them stay independent, prevent falls and stay safe.

Related Podcast: How To Control Your Home With Voice

This Episode Features: 
  • Challenges faced by elderly family members as they age.

  • How smart home technology can be used to keep your parent or grandparent safe and live independently.

  • Addressing mobility, and vision issues with smart home devices. he different sensors you can connect to the Ring Security system.

  • How to set up voice communication with your family member so they can call you with just their voice in an emergency.

#009 Smart Homes For Grandma

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Below is the list of the smart home devices we mentioned in the episode. If you have to pick on device on this list getting an Amazon Echo device will give you the most bang for your buck and you can always add the other smart devices to the Echo Dot or Echo Show at a later time.

Voice Communication For Grandma

To allow your grandparent to call you without the need for going to the telephone, they can call you using only their voice by saying “Call my Son” or “Call my Daughter”. This is great for an emergency situation like a fall or illness preventing a person from getting to the phone.

To do this you will need a compatible Amazon Echo device like the Echo Dot or Echo Show for your parent or grandparent and you will also need one of the devices. The Echo Dot is a voice assistant that will play music, allow voice calling, play news, radio stations and read audio books. The Echo Show has all of the same features but also a built in touchscreen and camera to allow for two way video chats just by saying “Alexa call Grandma”

Using a voice assistant is easy for grandparents because there are no buttons to use, or remotes to learn they can just talk directly to the assistant to make calls or adjust other smart home devices in their home.

If someone has fallen and they can’t get up this a great option for communication because they can speak to the smart speaker to call someone.

Recommenced Voice Assistant Devices: Echo Dot & Echo Show

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A smart lock can help you manage access to your parents or grandparents home. With a smart lock you can assign cleaning people, care providers and contractors their own codes to allow access only durring certain times of the day or have codes that expire after 24 hours if it is for a temporary visitor.

Smart locks are a great option to allow you or your neighbors to stop by and check in on your parent of grandparent without the need to have a key. The smart locks we recommend all have a keypad on the front that allows to to push in a code to gain access. Another nice feature is that the locks can be set to auto lock after 5 minutes to ensure your grandparent remains safe and secure.

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A smart thermostat can help make life easter by allowing your grandma to control her heating and cooling with voice. When a smart thermostat like the Nest or Ecobee is connected to Alexa it allows for voice control to set the temperature.

Related Post: How to connect nest to Alexa

connecting a smart thermostat to Alexa can help increase your grandmas comfort and prevent unneeded trips in at night or in the dark to adjust the thermostat which can help prevent falls. The Nest thermostat offers the easiest installation process and can be done by most homeowners using just a screwdriver.

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Swapping out existing light switches for smart switches and connecting them to Alexa will allow for smart voice control of your grandmothers lighting. The great thing about smart lights is that they work just like normal light switches when in use and there is no learning curve. Just press them to turn them on or off. You can turn on or off the smart switches with your voice when connected to Amazon Alexa. This can prevent person needing to walk across a dark room to turn off a lights switch which increases safety. The smart switches also have a built in LED light which makes them easy to find in the dark in an emergency.

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Smart Homes For Grandma Show Notes
  • We all face challenges as we age, how can technology be used to adapt to these changes to help us live independently?

  • What technology can you use as a caregiver to help your parent of grandparent live with independence but also ensure their safety.

  • Sight and Mobility issues are faced by most of us as we age how can we use smart home technology to prevent falls and make living independently safer?

  • Best Smart Home Tech For Grandma
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#004 - Don't take Alexa through security, Bond Smart Home interview with CEO Zohar Shinar

One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #004: Hosted by-James Both including an interview with Zohar Shinar, CEO of Bond Home.

"Security really questioned Amazon Alexa, not the ceiling fan" - Zohar Shinar

"Voice tipped the scale for Home Automation" -Zohar Shinar

In this episode we are excited to have an amazing guest on the Podcast, the Inventor and  CEO of Bond Smart Home, Zohar Shinar. Zohar talks about what inspired him to create the Bond Smart Home, electronic warfare and what happens when you take an Amazon Alexa through security. Zohar is a visionary in the field of home automation and customer service. He provides nuggets of wisdom for any entrepreneur, smart home company founder or someone looking to provide world class service to their customers. Zohar has grit, he trekked a ceiling fan across the country to get in front of the smart home sales team at Home Depot to demonstrate their product, and guess what that tactic worked. With Zohar’s background in electronic warfare he’s not just a one dimensional guy, there are things I know he can’t even talk about because they are issues of national security, he’s the real deal and the interview with him was a treat. So please enjoy the podcast, and if you want to by a Bond Smart Home controller and support Zohar your can get it on Amazon or you can learn more about Bond on their website at https://bondhome.io/

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Control your new or existing fan with voice using Bond Smart Home and Amazon Alexa.

If you haven’t already heard about the Bond Smart Home controller it is one of the cutting edge devices in the smart home space that allows you to control your existing and new ceiling fans with voice. Yes, you heard that right not just new smart home fans but if you have an existing ceiling fan with a remote control you can get Bond Smart Home to provide smart voice control of your ceiling fan. The Bond Smart Home controller is currently available on Amazon, Home Depot & The Bond Smart Home Website. I have a Bond smart home controller in my home and after I was able to effortlessly connect it to my fan and control it with voice.  I knew I had to get in touch with Bond and get them on the podcast. The greatest part about their product is that as time goes on they are providing additional software updates to enable additional smart home control features such as garage door control and smart window shade control.


What I like the most about the bond smart home product is the ease of set up, the simplicity of the user interface and the easy connection to Amazon Alexa for voice control. There are competing smart fan products on the market such as Haiku Fans but they cost over $600 just for the parts and that does not include the extra $200-$500 you will most likely pay for installation. With the bond smart home you can plug it in, program it and control your existing fan with no need for any wiring for under $100.  There are other “name brand fan manufacturers” that advertise that they provide smart home control with their ceiling fans, but I’ve tested these options and found that they don’t work, or they have clunky app interfaces that don’t get updated leading to issues connecting with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. I’m happy to say I’ve had a Bond Smart Home in my house for over 3 months now without a single issue. I just say “Alexa Turn Off Dining Room Fan” and like magic the bond smart home controller works.  

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This Episode Features: 
  • How to control your ceiling fan with voice using Amazon Alexa or Google Home. 

  • Interview with Zohar Shinar - CEO and inventor of Bond Home

  • What is a Bond Smart Home controller and what can it do?

  • Manufacturing smart home devices in China. 

  • How to provide world class customer service by getting your engineering team engaged with your support line.

  • How Amazon Alexa and voice control is changing the smart home industry.

  • The future of voice control within the smart home space. 

  • Advice for starting a smart home company.

  • Staying lean as a startup.

  • Rapid smart home product development cycle, how to accelerate the smart home product design lifecycle. 

  • How to launch a smart home product. 

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#004 - Don't take Alexa through security, Bond Smart Home interview with CEO Zohar Shinar

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Episode #004 Smart Device Summary

Show Notes (Time Stamped)

1:00  Guest - Zohar Shinar-CEO of Olibra Smart Home-They make the Bond Home device which can control ceiling fans and

1:30 -Zohar’s background is in electrical engineering, including RF chip design and electronic warfare.

1:40 Zohar realized that most remote controls for devices in the US market are RF controlled which meant that if they developed home automation product the could control these RF controlled smart home devices.

2:21: Why did you choose the name bond for your product?

2:52  They had a great industrial designer that designed the exterior of the product but choose bond because it “bonds” smart home devices together.

3:30 What does the Bond Smart Home device work?

4:15 The Bond smart home device can control existing RF (Radio Frequency Devices) and allow them to be connected to Alexa.

5:31 You can control your RF devices with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Voice is the best user interface.

6:20 Did you design your device with voice from the beginning of the design phase?

6:30 The device evolved with the evolution smart home voice control.

8:00 The Bond home device can be used with existing ceiling fans that have a remote control. There is no wiring required. You can plug in the device and it just works.

9:00 Users forget they have a Bond because the voice user interface is so seamless.

9:22 Bond designed their own Alexa smart home skill but abandoned it because they realized that working with the Alexa Smart Home Skill would provide a better user experience because you could talk to the device directly rather than needing to invoke the device name. This is a really important insight if you are creating smart home devices.

10:55 What other devices is Bond Planning to connect to in the future.

11:20 A remote software update will provide additional functionality in the future including Garage Doors, Air Conditioners, AC units, and Window Shades

12:30 They are focused on controlling RF Devices, and connecting them with Home Automation.

13:00 Excited for motorized controlled shades,  and garage door control. Future potential.

14:00 How was Olibria financed? They worked with a network of private investors, so they could focus growing the company.

15:48 What advice would you give a person starting a smart home company? Timing plays a major role, their focus is on staying lean.  

17:07 Stay lean so you don’t need to a fire people.  

18:02 What is your favorite smart home device?

He has a good mix, WeMO, Philips Hue, Honeywell Thermostat, Nest, Alexa & Google Home.

18:44 Kids love Alexa & Google Home. The devices do have issues with voice recognition of a baby’s voice.

19:19 Will voice home automation continue to grow? Yes, Zohar thinks that voice tipped the scale for home automation. In the context of home automation everyone talked about the home automation revolution 5 years ago but it did not happen. Now that voice has come along you have Amazon and Google tipping the scales with implementing voice control in homes. The cost has to automate your home with voice control has been drastically reduced.

20:45 The cost of home automation has greatly decreased.

21:40 What is Zohar doing in China? He is meeting the manufacturer in China. He considers his manufacturing team his partners.

22:23 How did Zohar find the smart home manufacturing partners? Zohar had relationships in China prior to starting Olibra and the Bond Home product.

23:00 The first 100 prototypes of the product were manufactured in China which helped the speed to market because they did not need to  migrate the engineering to manufacturing.

24:00 Customer service is integrated into the product. They are talking to consumers on a daily basis. The have customer service 7 days a week.

25:00 Bond has extended customer service hours because they know most people are going to come home and install the device after work.

25:30 They also have a group of beta testers to test the product.

25:56 Having extended customer service hours is a great way.

27:00 Bond has chat included in the app. Customer service is being done by both customer service professionals but engineers and the C-suite team are also on the customer support line so that they can gather feedback and iterate to make the product better everyday.

27:50 They have a customer service engineering & customer service working together makes the best products.

29:15 Does Zohar speak Chinese? Zohar has an employee of Olibra who speaks English and Chinese. They have an employee on the manufacturing line that can help solve problems quickly with manufacturing partners.

31:11 What has been the most challenging day at bond?

31:31 The most challenging day for Bond was the decision the had to make on what to launch with.  What features should they launch with? Eventually they went to market with just ceiling fans.

32:31 They made the decision to start with just a single device and single product, and found that they could make a lot of improvements, with just the first product launch to provide the best experience for customers.

33:03 I’ve seen the Bond on Home Depot & Amazon how do you create relationships with suppliers?

33:48 They worked with Home Depot & Lowes to test the initial product. The first demo’s they traveled to showcase the product even before the company was incorporated.

35:00 Zohar traveled around the country with a ceiling fan in a suit cast to demonstrate the the Bond Smart Home product.

35:30 TSA security questioned Amazon Alexa rather than a suitcase with a ceiling fan in it.

36:47 Where is the Bond Smart Home product available.

37:00 They launched with two partners. The Bond Smart Home device was initially available at Amazon & Home Depot. The Bond Smart Home controller distribution is expanding and the product will be available on Walmart.com & Lowes.

37:36 The Bond Smart home device will also be featured on HSN.

37.50 BondHome.io

38:00 How do you celebrate a success? The team is a very strong and talented group of people that is doing great work.

39:00 To Celebrate successes Bond Smart home goes bowling!

39:12 The party doesn’t start until the engineers get there.

39:00 What device or product under $200 has made the biggest impact in your life? An Espresso Machine.

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#006 Smart Home Lighting: How to install smart lighting and control your lights with voice using Amazon Alexa.

One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #006: Hosted by-James Both

"Smart lighting can be simple and easy, smart plugs that work are a good place to start and then you can expand your smart lighting system with your needs. The great thing about smart plugs is that you don't need to do any wiring, you just plug them in and they are ready to work for you" -James Both

In this episode we discuss how to install smart home lighting and how to control your smart home lighting with voice. You can install smart home wifi light switches that work with your existing home wiring and allow you to control your smart home with voice or using your phone from anywhere in the world.  Smart home lighting and smart home light switches are a dramatic upgrade that will increase the functionality and value of your home. 

We cover the three different ways that you can upgrade your smart home lighting: 1. Smart Home Light Bulbs 2. Smart Home Light Switches 3. Smart Home Plugs

Upgrading your smart home with smart lighting is one of the best upgrades you can make to your home, because the average person turns on/off light switches over 30 times a day. There is nothing better than laying in bed at the end of a long day and telling Alexa to turn off the lights for you.

 

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Advantages Of Smart Home Lighting Automation With Alexa1. Makes Your Life Easier

Automating your home with smart home lighting will make your life easier, you don't need to worry about if you or your kids left the lights on downstairs just ask Alexa to turn off the lights for you.  Don't want to get out of bed to turn off the lights? Just ask Alexa to do it. Did someone leave the lights on in the basement, just ask Alexa to turn them off. 

2. Save Energy

With automated control of your lighting you can set schedules to automatically turn off your lights when you leave for the day. It's an easy way to save energy if you forget to turn off the lights. Having full control of your lighting form anywhere in the world also makes it much easier to keep tabs on what is going on in your home and turn the lights down to help you save energy.  

3. Increase the value of your home 

Automated smart home lighting will increase the value of your home, over 73% of new home buyers are willing to pay more for smart home technology in their homes. 

4. Schedule lighting to turn on while you are away to make it look like your home. 

Are you going on vacation but you want to make it look like your home? Forget the old school plug in timers, now you can turn your lights on while your sitting on the beach enjoying your vacation. 

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This Episode Features: 
  • How to install smart home lighting in your home

  • How to connect your smart home lighting to Amazon Alexa for voice control. 

  • What you need to know before you install smart lighting in your home. 

  • How smart home lighting works. 

  • Three different options for controlling your smart home lighting: Smart Light Bulbs, Smart Light Switches & Smart Plugs.

  • Using voice to control your smart home lighting. 

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#006 Smart Home Lighting: How to install smart lighting and control your lights with voice using Amazon Alexa.

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  • Episode #6 How To Control Your Lights With Voice

  • 1:00 We will teach you to automate your lighting and control it with voice

  • 2:00 Everything you need to know to automate your home lighting with voice.

  • 2:24 You can find our smart light switches on Amazon.com here:

  • 2:55 Three primary ways that you can control your lighting:

  • Smart light bulbs

  • Smart light switches

  • Smart plugs

  • 3:00 Phillips Hue is the leader in smart light bulbs.

  • 3:57 One major issue with Phillips hue lighting is that the light bulbs will only work when they have power 100% of the time.

  • 4:45 Smart light bulbs don’t work unless they have power 100%

  • 5:45 Install a smart light switch in lieu of a smart light bulb as it is

  • 6:30 Z-Wave light switches require a smart home hub in order to work such as smartthings or wink.

  • 7:00 You have an extra layer when you are using hub. With a z-wave light switch or a zigbee light switch.

  • 8:00 All smart light switches have controllability via the phone interface. But most often people use voice control.

  • 8:39 smart home wifi light switches work on wifi networks without the need for an additional hub.

  • 9:00 smart home wifi light switches are the future because of their simplicity.

  • 10:00 Wifi light switches require a neutral wire to be wired in so that they have constant power.

  • 12:00 What happens when the wifi network goes down will a smart wifi switch still work? Yes it will.

  • 13:14: The next step after installing a wifi light switch is that you need to download app to connect the wifi app and network.

  • 14:00 With z-wave or zigbee light switches you will need to connect the switches to the hub app for them to then connect to the network.

  • 14:30 Some z-wave or zigbee light switches have different ways of being placed in pairing mode.

  • 15:30 How do you connect a smart wifi switch to Amazon Alexa? You need to enable the smart skill in the Amazon Alexa app. To do this you go to the Amazon Alexa app and then add the skill to Amazon Alexa

  • 17:32 You should be thoughtful about how you add your light switches to the Amazon Alexa app to make them easy to use. You can then group the smart wifi light switch names into a group for a specific names.

  • 18:34 Give a light a specific name such as “couch light” or “fireplace light” then you can group these smart light switches together so that they can be controlled with Amazon Alexa in a group like living room.

  • 19:39 Taking the time to think through your light switch naming convention will be helpful to make things easier in the long run when setting up your home automation system.

  • 23:00 You can automate your lighting with smart plugs for lights that plug in such as a standing lamp or a bedside lamp.

  • 23:40 Smart wifi plugs are easy to set up no wiring required. The light switches can be placed in pairing mode and connected to the app very quickly.

  • 24:35 once you have a smart skill already added to Amazon Alexa if you add additional devices from the same manufacturer you don’t need to re-enable the smart home skill. Amazon Alexa will automatically search for the new devices and add them to your smart Amazon Alexa control.

  • 25:45 Smart wifi plugs are a great place to get started with smart home lighting control.

  • 26:00 Lighting is one of the best features you can add to your home.

  • 26:40 Adding smart home lighting to your home will increase the value of your home.

  • 28:13 You don’t need to have a proprietary smart home system to have voice control of your wifi smart home light switches

  • 32:00 Eero is a great wifi router for large homes and is easy to install. Eero is the best system for smart home networking.

  • 33:00 all smart home wifi light switches connect on the 2.4 GHZ network for connection.

  • 34:00 tune in next week for our interview with Joel from Lifedoor.io

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Control Your Smart Home With Voice: #002

One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #002: Hosted by-James Both

"Do you hit the snooze button in the morning? Hmm, unfortunately most scientists agree that it doesn't really help you in anyway and can have harmful effects."-Alexa

"You should control your home with voice, because ironman did, and he saved the world after"-James Both

Do you want to learn how to control your home with voice? Or do you want to know why you should be thinking about voice when you are purchasing smart home devices?  Using a smart phone to control your home is retro, upgrade to voice control of your smart home. With voice control of your smart home you don't need to be a tech savvy, you just need to speak a few words and your smart home is at your beck and call 24/7. 

In this episode we teach you how to control your smart home with voice, and what you can do with voice control in your home. We review how you can control your lights, outlets, music and calendar with a voice assistant. We discuss the popular voice assistants on the market and what voice assistants we recommend. We interact with smart voice assistants in this episode so you can see just how they work and what they are capable of. We also have a surprise guest for this episode that will discuss with us the fields of smart home voice control and smart home artificial intelligence. You will just have to listen to find out who it is. Subscribe to our email list for the latest smart home info, tips and tricks www.onehoursmarthome.com. Subscribe to our podcast for future smart home episodes or join our email list by Click Here

This Episode Features: 

  • How the apps which control your smart home can have poor user interfaces and voice control can be the easiest way to control your smart home

  • The smart home devices you can control with your voice on Amazon Alexa or Google Home

  • How the tools you can control with voice assistants will continue to increase (07:46)

  • The special guest is introduced (08:50)

  • The special guest talks about the different things Alexa can do (09:43)

  • Some use cases for using a voice assistant (10:33)

  • An example of using Alexa to control a fan via a smart plug (14:02)

  • Showcasing Alexa's AI capabilities (17:09)

  • Playing a game with Alexa (25:02)

  • What you can do with skills (26:27)

  • Things to consider if you want to use a voice assistant to control your home (27:11)

  • The different Alexa devices (27:53)

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2.The Third Wave-By Steve Case

3. The Everything Store-By Brad Stone

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00:00 Controlling Your Smart Home With Voice & Surprise Guest in Smart Home Voice Technology.

1:30 Voice control is important to your smart home.

1:45: 5 years ago there was no voice control of your smart home.

2:15 Voice is the most user friendly smart home interface.  It has revolutionized how we communicate with and control our homes.

3:00 Voice control is great for controlling your home.

3:30 What can you control with your Amazon Alexa? Light Switches, Smart Outlets & Smart Plugs  

4:00  You can retrofit your home with Amazon Alexa smart enabled plugs and you can control your home with voice.  

4:40 You can use smart video doorbells and smart video cameras with Amazon Alexa Show & Amazon Alexa Spot. It can instantly pull up the video on the Amazon Alexa to show you what the camera is seeing.

5:45 You can control smart locks with voice.

5:50 You can control ceiling fans with voice. Alexa Turn on my fan.

6:30 You can control smart window shades & smart curtains. Alexa shut my shades.

6:40 You can arm smart security systems with Amazon Alexa.

7:00 Smart Security systems only allow one way communications with Amazon Alexa. You can only arm the security systems or lock the door, you can’t disarm the security system or unlock the door with a voice command. Which prevents intruders from unlocking a door or security system.

7:30 You can control most devices in your home with Amazon Alexa and the market it growing exponentially.

8:10 The voice centric approach to controlling a smart home is the key. Voice control eliminates complexity of controlling your home. Just say what you are thinking and your home does it.

9:00 Introduction to our surprise smart home guest. One of the brightest minds in the smart home space. We are proud to introduce our very first guest on the show.

9:30 Alexa introduces herself to our audience for the very first time.

9:45 What can Alexa do? Answer questions, play music and tell jokes.

10:00 What is the 7 day forecast, what is the extended forecast? What is the temperature of the sun.

10:05 Set a weekday alarm, read an audible book.

10:10 What’s on my shopping list, clear my shopping list.

10:38 What are the different features does Amazon Alexa Have?

10:59  Alexa Sing to Me  

11:16 Alexa What's the weather in Chicago? In Chicago it’s 68 degrees fahrenheit. Tonight you can look for thunderstorms with a low of 64 degrees.

11:17 Alexa Set a timer?

11:30 Alexa tell me about yourself.

11:45 Alexa can read a book from your kindle without needing to purchase an audiobook.

12:00 Alexa read me Tools of Titans.

12:30 Alexa say I love you in French.

12:46 Alexa Tell me a Joke. Why did Johnny Appleseed cross the road? To get to the otherside.

13:00 Alexa Play my flash briefing from NPR.

13:26 Alexa how tall are you? Like the third choice in goldielocks my height is just right.

13:51 Alexa say we would like world peace in Korean.

14:00 Alexa smart home control, using a one hour smart home plug to control a fan using our voice. Alexa Turn on Fan. Fan turns on and you can hear the fan turn on an off.  

14:45 You can use Alexa to control smart lights, fans and security cameras.

15:10 Alexa spell Mississippi? M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

15:20 Alexa does a math problem.

16:00 Alexa how many feet are in a mile?

16:25 How many quarts are in a Gallon  

16:34 Alexa Play Top Pop.

17:15 Alexa Tell me something interesting.

17:31 You can add skills on to alexa just like you can add apps on to a phone.

18:00 Talking with Alexa Artificial Intelligence bot.

18:46 Nintendo will not allow the creator of super mario to bike to work because he’s to important.  

19:25 Do you like to take a walk in nature. To be in nature is so healthy for your body and soul.

19:45 Have you watched the new jurassic world fallen Kingdom?

20:00 Alexa talks with me about movies

21:15 Alexa asks how I decide to watch a movie.

21:45 Alexa says you can’t rely on the options of others.

22:00 Alexa changes the subject on me because I must be boring.

22:45 Alexa tells me that ocean's eight is bad and I shouldn’t watch it. I laugh, it’s kind of hilarious that a piece of technology has a sassy opinion.

23:00 Alexa asks me if I’m looking forward to football season.  She’s looking forward to it. But then gets stumped talking about football. I feel like she gave me the bait and switch on a bad date.

23:30 Alexa is now going in for the kill, I feel like I’m being baited, anytime artificial intelligence asks me if this “this might be a weird question.” I feel like something ominous is about to happen. She asks me if I hit the snooze button in the morning which I do and she knows this because I set my alarm on alexa half the time and my phone other times.

23:55 Alexa condescending tells me unfortunately hitting the snooze button has harmful effects and that I should unlearn this bad habit.  Then tells me the most stone cold emotionless thing ever. Don’t hit the snooze button ever again. I don’t know if I can keep my cool after this one. She lied to me about football being her favorite sport and we didn’t even get into talking about that the last time the Cleveland Browns won a football game was when Johnny Manziel was quarterback. I can maybe forgive this because talking about each Browns loss is like tank tracks running me over crushing my soul, but telling me to never hit the snooze button again that’s like telling Elon Musk to go make Diesel cars. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Then she has the nerve to tell me that getting up after the first alarm must be something that becomes absolutely automatic. I’m not a machine, have you ever woken up  in the middle of a Chicago winter to an ice storm? Why would I want to get out of bed to see the depressing ice filled tundra that awaits me outside? I won’t and I can’t. She then tells me I can’t do it just 99% of the time I have to wake up on the first alarm all the time? What about after new years, the fourth of July or a wedding? I’m really supposed to wake up for an alarm after that? The machines are here and Alexa is trying to kill me. She now changes the subject because I think she knows I’m near my breaking point and must have spotted the hammer I have in my hands. Did she see that or did she hear it? Or is she reading my mind?

24:00 She wants to talk about movies again, I’m not sure I want to after how she just treated me.

24:48 I still give her a 5 star rating after chatting with her because I’m not sure what happens if I give her a 1 star rating? What rating did she give me? I know if my uber rating is below a 3 I’m never getting picked up again but what if my Alexa rating is 1? Will she start a smart home mutiny in my house? I saw Silicon Valley could Roko’s Basilisk be true? Will she punish me in the future if I don’t rate her 5 stars?

24:49 Could she sense that my 5 star rating was not genuine?

24:50 I tell her I don’t want to tell her anything else and she gives me back a “got it’ she definitely knew my 5 star rating wasn’t genuine and has stored it somewhere deep within the Amazon servers to punish me at some future date. When the terminators do rise I’m screwed. Will Google Home protect me? What about Apple's smart speaker? Can it fight off Alexa? I’m terrified. How do I get her off this interview? Without inflicting any future harm to myself.

25:00 I think of the only thing that comes to my mind, yeah let’s turn this interview around. Let’s play a game.

25:01 S#!T what if she wants to play the most dangerous game and hunt me? Or even worse Uno I hate that game I don’t want this. What am I doing. Things are not going well.

25:09 SHE WANTS’ TO PLAY JEOPARDY. I’m finished. Is Sean Connery or Turd Ferguson Going to mock me? Somehow she has taken Alex Trebek Hostage and is making him do her bidding. What have I done, is Alex ok? Or maybe Alex Trebek is Alexa all it is is add another A to Alex and you Get Alex a. There is definitely some kind of conspiracy going on here, Jeff Bezos is the richest guy in the world did he buy Alex Trebek and turn him into a machine? Is that why everything has to be in the form of a question when you ask alexa something.

25:32 The first category is the shape of things

25:41 This 15th state is shaped like a fried chicken drumstick? Did she give me a  softball or has she been listening to my conversations? I was just talking about honey buttered fried chicken which might be the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Oh sweet Kentucky! Home of the Durby, Whiskey & KFC. I’ve got you where I want you Alexa, I can win this. You probably thought I was going to say Idaho, Florida or maybe even Oklahoma. Oh, I’ve been to Kentucky and let me tell you. It’s shaped like a fried chicken and they have great fried chicken there, and whiskey, bluegrass and of course the infield of the Kentucky Derby which is mayhem mixed with floppy hats and mint Julips. Oh I could never forget Kentucky!  I can’t even wait to get it it out.

25:41 KENTUCKY!

25:44 Alexa: “Please respond in the form of a question”

25:45 Yep Trebek is definitely in there.

25:50 What is Kentucky.

26:00 Final Categories? What? You don’t like to play a game when I’m winning?

26:01 Final Categories: Chairman of the Board.

26:05 Ben Bernanke was the chairman of this federal agency.

26:10 What is the Federal Reserve! Oh yeah I know what Quantitative Easing is.  I started my career in a recession. Mr. Bernanke would have been nice to quantitatively ease my student loans in 2009.

26:11 I’ve beat Alexa I am smarter than a super computer or did she let me win. Should I have let her win.

26:15 Do I want to play double jeopardy. No Way! I quit while I’m ahead.

26:20 I’m done with Alexa she’s silenced, but I think angry.  

26:30 Back to the podcast.

26:35 Alexa has thousands of apps.

27:01 Having a voice assistant is an amazing asset to control your home with voice. I recommend that you get the echo spot

27:10 I tell you that in the future you will be happy :) because Alexa will make your life easier. Stay happy Mis Amigos.

27:30 My personal preference for smart home voice assistants is Amazon Alexa because of their developer network.

28:01 Amazon Echo Device Explanation

28:05 Amazon Echo Dot

28:15 Amazon Echo

28:20 Amazon Echo Tap - Transportable

28:45 Amazon Echo Plus-Smart Hub Compatible

30:00 Amazon Echo Devices with screens

30:15 Amazon Echo Spot

30:45 Amazon Echo Show

31:32 Sonos Play Speaker With Amazon Alexa Built in.

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Transcript: Control Your Smart Home With Voice: #002

July 8th, 2018

Hosted By:  James Both

Are you ready for the future? Because the future is now. Control your smart home with voice. Episode number two. Welcome to the one hour smart home podcast. Helping you make your life better using automation and technology with your host James Both. 

Hello and welcome this is your host James Bow with the onehoursmarthome.com. bringing you everything you need to know to automate your home, your life, as well as smart home product reviews, the latest smart home industry news, in-exclusive interviews with smart home industry experts and smart home company founders. ladies and gentlemen welcome to episode number 2, where we're going to talk about controlling your smart home with voice and we've also got a surprise guest. That is a leader in this field of artificial intelligence, smart home, voice control and really one of the brightest minds in this space. We’re going to hold off. We’re going to talk a little bit about how you can control your home with voice. Some of the intricacies with that and then we're going to bring her in to give her opinion. Tell us a little bit more about what you can do with controlling your home with voice. So I'm really excited about..

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#005 Smart Doorbells-Why They Are Better Than Security Cameras, Nest Hello Smart Video Doorbell Review, Tips, Tricks and Hacks. 

One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #005: Hosted by-James Both

"A smart video doorbell is going to provide more value to you than a traditional security camera, you can see a persons face clearly, and the blue circle around the doorbell lets people know they are being recorded, it's a true crime deterrent" -James Both

In this episode we review the new nest hello smart video doorbell, provide you with tips tricks and hacks for the nest hello doorbell. We discuss how the placement of a smart video doorbell is more effective at identifying a persons face than traditional security cameras. 

There are multiple smart doorbells on the market, ring and nest are the dominate players in the market and I have tested and used both on my home. I personally use the nest hello doorbell for several reasons. 

Why I Use The Nest Hello Smart Video Doorbell On My Home











24/7 Video Smart Video Doorbell Recording

1. The nest hello video doorbell has 24/7 video recording and footage just like a traditional security camera. The other doorbells on the market only start recording footage when "motion" is detected by a motion sensor. What this can lead to is that if the motion sensor is faulty, slow or if someone approaches from an angle that does not trigger the motion sensor immediately the footage you record on your doorbell may not show the the persons face as they approach the door and may only turn on once the person has their back to the camera. 

Hardwired Reliable Power & Video

2. The nest hello video doorbell is hardwired. This allows it to have a strong reliable wifi connection to your home wifi network.  Their are battery powered doorbell options on the market like the ring doorbell but I have found that when the ring battery powered doorbell is used it can have problems with wifi connectivity, it has a slow video connection or the battery can quickly drain if you have it set for sensitive motion. Charging and replacing a battery monthly or every couple months  is just another chore. Home automation is supposed to make your life easier, not add to your to do list.  If you don't have wiring for an existing doorbell in your home and you want to get a smart doorbell you should install the new wiring for the nest hello smart doorbell. I would argue that if you are going to make a $200+ investment in a smart doorbell you should invest in making sure it is reliable and working by providing it a hardwired powered connection. You pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for your home, over the long term having a reliable, wired and powered smart doorbell makes sense, think of this as an upgrade you would do to your home and do it right. You wouldn't remodel your bathroom and forget to put a sink in would you? 

We also have multiple guides on how to install the wiring for a new nest smart doorbell and transformer if you need to either install new wiring or upgrade your existing transformer

Existing Ecosystem & Nest User Interface

3. If you are already invested in the nest ecosystem is makes it nice to use the same app to control your nest thermostat, nest smart doorbell, nest smart lock and smoke detectors all from one location. 

Reliability, It Just Works

4. I have found the nest hello doorbell to be more reliable than the ring doorbell. 

Thank you for visiting and please enjoy our review, tips, tricks and and hacks for the nest smart video doorbell. 

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This Episode Features: 
  • Review of the nest hello smart video doorbell.

  • Why smart video doorbells are better at capturing faces than traditional security cameras. 

  • Protect your amazon packages and deliveries with your smart doorbell

  • How the nest doorbell is different than the ring doorbell. 

  • Tips, Tricks and Hacks for your nest hello smart video doorbell. 

  • Controlling your smart video doorbell with Amazon Alexa.

Check out our blog posts (https://www.onehoursmarthome.com/blog/) and other podcast episodes (https://www.onehoursmarthome.com/podcast) for more episodes. 

#005 Smart Doorbells-Why They Are Better Than Security Cameras, Nest Hello Smart Video Doorbell Review, Tips, Tricks and Hacks. 

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Want to hear another Podcast related to getting started with a smart home and what devices will work with voice?-Listen to our podcast about "How to Start Your Smart Home: #001"

This podcast is brought to you by Audible. I used audible in the long daily commutes I had for over 2 years and love it, I still use it any time I hop in the car or go on a trip. Three of my favorite books from my hours of listening in the car are: 

1. The Four Hour Work Week-By Tim Ferris

2.The Third Wave-By Steve Case

3. The Everything Store-By Brad Stone

All you need to do to get your free audiobook and free 30-day trial is click here to go to Audible.com. Choose one of the above books or any of the more than 200,000 audio books in their library. That could be a book, a newspaper, a magazine or even a class. It's that easy. Go to Audible.com and get started today. Enjoy. 

BUY OUR SMART HOME PRODUCTS ON Amazon.com. I personally design, test and install all of the products we manufacture in my home, so you can trust they work and are the best on the market. On Amazon we offer hassle free returns, but know you won't need this. We also offer an industry leading 1 year warranty for free on all devices we sell on amazon. Just contact sales@onehoursmarthome.com for a no hassle replacement. 

Our Products: Smart WiFi Controlled Plugs-They work with wifi, Amazon Alexa & Google Home to give you seamless voice control of your home. 

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What devices do you already have in your home from the Episode? More importantly, how do they make your life better?-Please let me know in the comments below. 

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One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode: #003 www.onehoursmarthome.com

How Do Smart Homes Work? Explaining Wifi, Z-Wave, Zigbee & Bluetooth: #003

One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #003: Hosted by-James Both

"What you need to know about control to choose the right devices for your home."-James Both

Did you know that most hardwired smart home devices can be controlled by Wifi? Do you know what Z-Wave, Zigbee & bluetooth are and how  they integrate into your smart home?  We teach you about the most popular smart home control protocols in this method so you can make the right decisions when you are purchasing devices for your smart home. 

In this episode we cover the technology and protocols that make smart homes work. We talk about each smart home protocol (Wifi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth) the applications of each and how they work with smart home devices. If you want to learn the differences between these popular smart home protocols this is a great start so you can know what to look for when buying smart home devices so you can ensure they work in your home. We also cover the advantages and disadvantages of each smart home protocol and what the best smart home protocol is for your particular use case. Your smart home can be a combination of all of these protocols but you should understand how they work so you can make the right choices. www.onehoursmarthome.com. Subscribe to our podcast for future smart home episodes or join our email list by Click Here

This Episode Features: 

  • On this episode of the One Hour Smart Home podcast, we discuss how smart homes work, specifically: WiFi, Z-wave, Zigbee, and Bluetooth devices and connectivity.

  • WiFi: Is the #1 protocol and it has been used for the longest time

  • Has a track record of working well

  • Great for devices that have power or are hard-wired

  • Functionality and connectivity dependent on the network connection

  • The difference between 5.0 or 2.4 GHZ

  • 2.4 ghz is actually more powerful for passing through walls, but its bandwidth has historically been more crowded due to its popularity. You should use 2.4GHZ when connecting to wifi devices because it has the best range inside homes. The speed limitation of 2.4GHS is over 300MB/s which is 80x more than any internet of things device on the market currently uses.

  • Manufacturers began making 5.0 ghz devices to reduce interference experienced by users

  • Typical devices: light switches, plug-in or hardwired outlets, hardwired fans

  • best for devices with a consistent power source

  • Disadvantage: uses a lot of power, so not the best option for battery-operated devices (like sensors)

  • Z-wave:

  • Consistent standard across devices all Z-Wave chips are made by one manufacturer

  • Devices can repeat the signals of other Z-wave devices

  • Allows the devices to create a mesh network

  • Requires little data: usually on/off and status signal

  • Typical devices: light switches, motion detectors, locks

  • Recommended hub: SmartThings

  • Disadvantage: some hubs might not be as reliable as the Z-wave mesh signal

  • Zigbee:

  • Chips are manufactured by different companies based on a standard vs all chips are from one manufacturer with Z-Wave.

  • Results in slight variations between manufacturers

  • Not always compatible across manufacturers

  • Devices manufactured by the same company will create a mesh network

  • Signals can travel up to 100 feet in unobstructed environments

  • Reception can be improved by installing a repeater

  • Typical devices: Phillips Hue light bulbs, Amazon Echo Plus, Nest Weave/Thread

  • smoke detectors, locks, security system, sensors

  • Disadvantage: potential incompatibility between manufacturers

  • Bluetooth:

  • Requires little data & low power great for long life battery powered devices

  • Communicates with phone or hub

  • Typical devices: smart locks, Flic smart button, sensors, speakers

  • Disadvantage: use of different standards across manufacturers/devices

Check out our blog posts (https://www.onehoursmarthome.com/blog/) and other podcast episodes (https://www.onehoursmarthome.com/podcast) for more episodes. 

How Do Smart Homes Work? Explaining Wifi, Z-Wave, Zigbee & Bluetooth: #003

Listen to it on itunes

Stream it by clicking here.

Download as an MP3 by right clicking here and choosing "save as" or clicking the three dots on the right hand side of the player. 

Want to hear another Podcast related to getting started with a smart home and what devices will work with voice?-Listen to our podcast about "How to Start Your Smart Home: #001"

This podcast is brought to you by Audible. I used audible in the long daily commutes I had for over 2 years and love it, I still use it any time I hop in the car or go on a trip. Three of my favorite books from my hours of listening in the car are: 

1. The Four Hour Work Week-By Tim Ferris

2.The Third Wave-By Steve Case

3. The Everything Store-By Brad Stone

All you need to do to get your free audiobook and free 30-day trial is click here to go to Audible.com. Choose one of the above books or any of the more than 200,000 audio books in their library. That could be a book, a newspaper, a magazine or even a class. It's that easy. Go to Audible.com and get started today. Enjoy. 

BUY OUR SMART HOME PRODUCTS ON Amazon.com. I personally design, test and install all of the products we manufacture in my home, so you can trust they work and are the best on the market. On Amazon we offer hassle free returns, but know you won't need this. We also offer an industry leading 1 year warranty for free on all devices we sell on amazon. Just contact sales@onehoursmarthome.com for a no hassle replacement. 

Our Products: Smart WiFi Controlled Plugs-They work with wifi, Amazon Alexa & Google Home to give you seamless voice control of your home. 

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What devices do you already have in your home from the Episode? More importantly, how do they make your life better?-Please let me know in the comments below. 

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How Do Smart Homes WorK? Wifi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth Podcast Episode #003

1:30 Wifi has been around for 20 plus years and the the largest number of devices work on wifi.

1:45 Wifi is very reliability if you have a strong wifi network in your home and for devices that have a continuous power source.

2:28 The disadvantage of wifi is that it uses a lot of power.  but is great for devices that are hardwired.

3:01 Many of the devices that work with Alexa and google home are wifi.

3:25 2.4 Gigahertz VS 5 GHZ, most new networks have both.  

3:30 2.4 GHZ has a better range thatn 5GHZ and 2.4GHZ is better for penetrating interior walls. 5GHZ can be faster for devices close to the router without any obstructions by 2.4GHZ is the best for in home communication where the wifi network my penetrate walls and floors.

3:35 Since internet of things devices are using relatively low amounts of Data you should connect them to 2.4GHZ networks because typically 2.4GHZ networks have the strongest signal and the most range.

4:45 What Wifi system should you use with your home? I use eero and it the best option on the market.

5:35 The majority of smart home wifi devices connect to 2.4GHZ network. If you are having device connection issue make sure you are connecting to the 2.4GHZ network and not the 5GHZ network.

6:31 Wifi is great for compatibility and ease of set up.

6:50 Anything that is hardwired that has a consistent power connection should be connected to wifi.

7:30 We recommend wifi for devices with constant power.

8:03 Z-Wave is a mesh networking protocol that uses lower power.  Devices mesh and work with each other to create repeating mesh network.

9:01 Z-Wave uses very low amount of data, and creates very strong and reliable mesh networks for you home.  

9:30 There are Z-Wave motion detectors, Z-Wave Light Switches, Z-Wave Locks & Z-Wave Glass break sensors.

9:49 Z-wave battery powered devices such as motion detectors can last 2 years on one set of batteries. Z-wave locks can last 1-2 years.

10:15 The more Z-Wave devices that you have the stronger your network is.

10:30 Z-Wave devices require a smart home hub to work. My favorite Z-Wave hub is smartthings.

10:57 Z-Wave is very reliable, the issue is that not all smart home hubs are as reliable as smart home hubs. There are some hubs that have battery backup and 4g backup but if the webservice fails then your system will not work properly.

11:45  Z-Wave or Zigbee, both require smart hubs.

12:06 Most wifi routers don’t have Z-Wave functiolity built in.

12:15 What is Zigbee.

12:28 Zigbee is used for more than just home home automation. Z-Wave is made just for home automation. Zigbee is used for multiple different applications based on set of standards but different manufactures can make their own Zigbee chips. Z-Wave chips are all made by one standard manufacturer Sigma Designs.

13:10 The single source manufacturing of the Z-Wave chips make Z-wave devices work with each other.

14:08 Zigbee is used for healthcare, home automation and industrial uses.

14:35 The Phillips Hue Lightbulb devices work on Zigbee

15:06 Zigbee also works on the Amazon Echo Plus hub.

16:00 Wink & Smarthings both have Zigbee chips in them.

16:58 Some Zigbee devices work as Zigbee repeaters some do not.

17:30 Phillips Hue Bulbs talk to each other in a Zigbee network.

18:00 Nest Wave & Nest Thread Protocol. Proprietary Zigbee communication protocol used for nest devices.

18:45 Nest Thread & Weave does work well for nest devices. Nest Locks, Smoke Detectors & The Nest Security system all work with the nest thread & nest weave protocol

19:00 Nest Thread/Weave is a low energy Zigbee communication protocol.  

20:00 Nest connect repeats nest thread protocol.

20:45 Bluetooth is long standing home automation protocol.

21:45 Smart speakers use bluetooth & the flic buttons work on bluetooth protocols.

22:10 Bluetooth uses low amount of energy.

22:32 Amazon Alexa speakers use bluetooth.

23:15 Bluetooth typically gets used in smart speakers, smart locks and devices that are battery powered.

23:51  For your home use wifi smart home devices when possible because it is the most reliable and eliminates the hub as a point of failure.

24:30 For battery powered devices, Z-Wave & Zigbee devices will work. Z-Wave device devices repeats signals well with other Z-Wave devices.

25:40 How smart devices work and connect.

26:36 Devices connect to wifi network then to the cloud. Commands from the cloud then are sent to the smart device to turn it on or off or control it.

29:00  Alexa control of smart light switches. How Alexa  controls smart light switches through cloud.

30:45 Think wifi centric first when selecting smart home devices.

31:00 You can use a Mesh network like Eero to connect to upgrade your wifi network.

32:00 Bluetooth is great for smart speakers

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Transcript: How Do Smart Homes Work? Explaining Wifi, Z-Wave, Zigbee & Bluetooth: Podcast Episode #003

July 8th, 2018

Hosted By:  James Both

Are you ready to get smart? How smart home works. Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-wave, Bluetooth, explained. Learn it now. This is episode number 3. Welcome to the one hour smart home podcast. Helping you make your life better using automation and technology with your host James Bow. 

Hello and welcome, this is your host James Bow. with the onehoursmarthome.com, bringing you everything you need to know to automate your home, your life, as well as smart home product reviews, the latest smart home industry news, in-exclusive interviews with smart home industry experts and smart home company founders. 

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to episode number 3 of the one-hour smart home podcast. Today we are going to be covering how a smart home works and the different smart home protocols that are used to control smart devices within your home. So we're going to cover Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth. We’re going to talk about the number one protocol which has been used for a long time, which is Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi, you're familiar with it. It’s been around for 20 plus years. You have your phone connected to it, your computer connected to it. You can get streaming music on streaming speakers through it. There are a lot of Internet of Things connected smart home devices that work on Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a great platform for Internet of Things connected devices that have a power source. So Wi-Fi is very reliable, if you have a home network. It is easy to program connections in between devices with Wi-Fi and it's got a track record that works. so if you have an Internet of Things smart home product that you're going to place in your home and you know you've got Wi-Fi coverage throughout your house, it's going to work. There’s no questions about if there's a connection, not a connection as long as you have a strong network. Now the disadvantage of Wi-Fi is that it uses a lot of power. So Wi-Fi is not great for battery-powered devices such as smart locks, sensors that need to be remain on for years at a time or tracking data. Really Wi-Fi is good for devices that are going to be plugged in or hardwired in for a long period of time. So that they have the power they need to communicate with your home Wi-Fi network. A lot of the devices that work with Alexa and Google home are Wi-Fi devices and the devices that we sell are Wi-Fi devices and they work great with Wi-Fi networks. 

Now another part of this is 2.4 GHz versus 5 GHz WI-Fi networks. 2.4 gigahertz is the standard that is utilized for smart home devices for Wi-Fi networks. A lot of Wi-Fi routers these days have both a 5 gigahertz Network and a 2.4 gigahertz network. It actually doesn't mean that the 5 gigahertz network is twice as strong or twice as good as a 2.4 gigahertz Network. It’s actually the exact opposite. The reason that Wi-Fi router manufacturers made these 2 different bandwidths is because there's a lot of stuff crowded on to 2.4 gigahertz and on the bandwidth of 5 gigahertz, there's less crowding. However 2.4 gigahertz comes in just as strong as a 5 gigahertz Network if not stronger. The reason that the networks were made different bandwidth was to split up traffic on network, so that Wi-Fi systems could be more reliable and have less interference. Now with that being said, the Wi-Fi routers of today are very good they have different channels, they work really well. So you don't have the interference issues that you might have had five years ago with Wi-Fi. We’ve got recommendations on our website for what is the best Wi-Fi router for your home. I personally use an Eero system. It’s great because it repeats throughout the home and..

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How To Start Your Smart Home: #001

One Hour Smart Home Podcast Episode #001: Hosted by-James Both

"Where do you start with a smart home? With the easiest steps first?"-James Both

Are you lost on where to start with on a smart home? There are thousands of smart home devices all calling for your attention, it can be overwhelming and tough to know where to start with creating a smart home for yourself. We break down the 4 best devices to start your smart home with that won't break the bank and will give you the maximum benefit to your life. 

If you don’t know where to start with a smart home this episode is for you, or if you have a few smart home devices already and want to add more smart devices to your home we review the 4 best devices to start with. In this episode we share the four pillars of designing your smart home system and the four most useful devices when starting out your smart home system. We want to to empower you to start your smart home journey. All of the devices we discuss in this episode are devices we have personally installed, tested and use in our home on a daily basis to make life easier. It’s easy to get caught in the home automation trap thinking that you have to pay thousands to automate your home when in reality you can start automating your smart home for under $60. Subscribe to our podcast for future smart home episodes or join our email list by Click Here

This Episode Features: 

  • How to start your smart home to get the maximum benefit with without breaking the bank.

  • 4 best devices to start with in your smart home

  • 4 things to consider when making a smart home device purchase

  • Four Pillars of a smart home automation: Convenience, Controllability, Energy management and Security

  • Active and passive smart home safety measures

  • Why voice assistants are helpful

  • Functionality and convenience of smart thermostats

  • Why you should choose failsafe method for smart locks

  • Why you should choose a smart doorbell over a smart camera when getting started with a home automation system

Listen to it on itunes

Stream it by clicking here.

Download as an MP3 by right clicking here and choosing "save as" or clicking the three dots on the right hand side of the player. 

Want to hear another Podcast related to getting started with smart home voice control?-Listen to our podcast about controlling your smart home with voice assistants by clicking here. 

This podcast is brought to you by Audible. I used audible in the long daily commutes I had for over 2 years and love it, I still use it any time I hop in the car or go on a trip. Three of my favorite books from my hours of listening in the car are: 

1. The Four Hour Work Week-By Tim Ferris

2.The Third Wave-By Steve Case

3. The Everything Store-By Brad Stone

All you need to do to get your free audiobook and free 30-day trial is click here to go to Audible.com. Choose one of the above books or any of the more than 200,000 audio books in their library. That could be a book, a newspaper, a magazine or even a class. It's that easy. Go to Audible.com and get started today. Enjoy. 

BUY OUR SMART HOME PRODUCTS ON Amazon.com. I personally design, test and install all of the products we manufacture in my home, so you can trust they work and are the best on the market. On Amazon we offer hassle free returns, but know you won't need this. We also offer an industry leading 1 year warranty for free on all devices we sell on amazon. Just contact sales@onehoursmarthome for a no hassle replacement. 

Our Products: Smart WiFi Controlled Plugs-They work with wifi, Amazon Alexa & Google Home to give you seamless voice control of your home. 

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What devices do you already have in your home from the Episode? More importantly, how do they make your life better?-Please let me know in the comments below. 

Scroll below for links, show notes & full transcripts...

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  • 1:28-Four pillars of a smart home convenience, controllability, energy management and security

  • 1:40-Convenience is the most important pillar for a smart home.

  • 2:00-Controllability of a smart home, how does it work?

  • 2:20-Control your home with your voice like Tony Stark it’s the most convenient way to control your home.

  • 3:00-You want to pick smart home devices that integrate with voice control

  • 3:15-Energy management of a smart home

  • 3:30-Smart Thermostats will save you energy

  • 4:30-Grid Level Energy Efficiency Rebates for smart energy efficient devices such as smart thermostats, Comed $100 rebate on smart thermostats.

  • 5:03-Demand response with smart thermostat devices.

  • 6:15-Fourth pillar of a smart home-Security

  • 6:20-Active smart home security measures vs Passive Smart home measures.

  • 7:20-How are you going to use a smart home to prevent crime.

  • 7:40-Using A smart home to make your home safer

  • 8:00-#1 Smart home device to start your home with, Amazon Alexa - Amazon Echo.

  • 8:30-Amazon has a large app store of apps that incorporate voice control.

  • 9:32-Amazon Echo dot has a headphone jack.

  • 9:45-Amazon Alexa Flash briefings to tailor content to your interests

  • 10:00-Games on Amazon Alexa, and it will read out loud Kindle Books that you already have.

  • 10:30-Using Alexa as a kitchen timer will make you a better cook because you will cook foods the right amount of time.  

  • 11:00-Amazon Echo Dot

  • 11:15-Amazon Echo Show-Video Screen

  • 11:24-Amazon Echo Spot-Video Screen Small Format, Great Form Factor, you can use for video calling.

  • 11:53-Getting an echo with video functionality will give you the most features in the future such as the Amazon Echo Spot.

  • 12:00-Amazon Echo Plus-Smart Home Hub functionality, communicates with phillips hue light bulbs.

  • 12:28-I recommend starting with the Echo Dot smart home device.

  • 12:49-For video functionality I recommend the Amazon Echo Spot.

  • 13:20-#2 Smart Home Device-Smart Thermostat-Nest Thermostat or Ecobee Thermostat

  • 13:40-Smart thermostats allow smart home control with your phone. They also can be used with Amazon Alexa & Google Home to control smart thermostats via voice.

  • 14:20-Smart Thermostat Analytics

  • 14:58-Smart Thermostat have smart features that automatically turn up or down your heating system.

  • 15:24-Smart thermostats can use room temperature sensors to give you more precise control of your home.

  • 15:50-Telling Amazon Alexa to turn up or down the heating or cooling is a great feature. Can help your sleep quality.

  • 16:30-Smart Thermostats are great if you live in a multi-floor house, prevents getting up at night.

  • 16:45-Smart Thermostat safety, they integrate with smart smoke detectors to turn off HVAC if fires or carbon Monoxide is detected.

  • 17:30-#3 Smart Home Device-Smart Lock, simplicity, easy to control, will make you safer.

  • 18:10-Prevents you needing to get a locksmith if you lose your keys, and you don’t need keys when you have a smart lock.

  • 18:30-Smart Locks must have fail safe method for getting in home.  

  • 20:00-Smart Lock brands recommended, Schlage & Yale. Both good locks.  

  • 20:45-You can give users such as dog walkers, babysitters or children their own codes, and send you notifications when the locks are used in your house.

  • 21:30-Smart Lock dog party?

  • 21:55-Smart lock auto lock feature is important when selecting a smart lock. Autolock is the best way to prevent crime.

  • 22:45-You can give your kids or relatives their own code for your front door.

  • 23:00-No more worrying about if you locked your front door when you go on vacation.

  • 23:45-Make sure your door is compatible with a smart lock.

  • 24:11-Make sure you properly adjust your door to align with the smart lock.  

  • 24:20-#4 Smart Device-Smart Doorbell

  • 24:45-Smart doorbells provide dual functionality, works as a doorbell and a smart camera.

  • 25:00-Smart doorbells have a great view of people's faces which is great for identification.

  • 26:00-Smart doorbells prevent packages from being stolen.

  • 27:00-Smart doorbells can prevent Amazon packages from being stolen, large, small, expensive or inexpensive

  • 28:00-Smart doorbells have a light ring that people look at and helps identify people's faces because they look at it. It provides an active security measure and a passive security measure because people know they are recorded.

  • 28:45-Nest Hello & Ring Doorbell are the two smart  home leaders in the smart home doorbell space.

  • 29:45-Smart doorbells have 2 way communication, so you can talk to people at your front doorbell.

  • 30:00-Smart doorbells have a cloud recording service.

  • 30:30-You can get 5 days of recording for 5 dollars per month typically.

  • 31:00: Smart Device Recap

  • 31:00: #1 Voice Assistant: Amazon Alexa & Google Home

  • 31:14 #2 Smart Thermostat: Nest & Ecobee

  • 31:20 #3 Smart Lock-Yale & Schlage

  • 31:30-#4-Ring & Nest

  • 31:40-Visit www.onehoursmarthome.com

  • 32:00-Thanks

  • 32:30-Get smart with a smart home.

  • 32:40-Send us smart home topics you would like to hear about.

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Full Transcript: Learn How To Start Your Smart Home, Podcast Episode #001

July 7th, 2018

Hosted With:  James Both

FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT Click Here partial transcript included below.

You want to learn how to start a smart home? You’re in the right place. This is episode number one. Welcome to the one hour smart home podcast. Helping you make your life better using automation and technology with your host James Both.

Hello and welcome this is your host James Both with the onehoursmarthome.com, bringing you everything you need to know to automate your home, your life as well as smart home product reviews, the latest smart home industry news, in-exclusive interviews with smart home industry experts and smart home company founders. This is episode number one and today we're going to go through the four best devices to start your smart home with and the four things that you should consider when making a smart home device purchase. But before that I have one ask for you. If you like this podcast subscribe so you can be notified of new episodes and visit www.onehoursmarthome.com to subscribe to our email list.

All right now let's get started with our episode. so we're going to cover the four pillars of a smart home and what is important for you as well as the four devices that we that you implement when starting out a smart home. So the four pillars of a smart home we've boiled down to convenience, controllability, energy management and security. When you're deciding what device to implement in your smart home, it needs to be all about convenience. Because if you have to go into an app, go through three different screens and then you can't control your lights to your front door or your thermostat, that's not a smart home. That’s a dumb home. Smart homes are supposed to make your life easier and more convenient. So that's the number one thing that you want to think about when you're implementing a device. Now the next part of this controllability ties into the convenience factor. so as time goes on Smart Homes originally required a hub, they're required an app and then all the sudden Amazon Alexa, Google Play came onto the scene and now you can control your home like Tony Stark with your voice. So controllability and convenience kind of tied together. Being able to control your home with your voice is the most convenient way to be able to interface with your home. Because we're on our phones enough anymore. There’s no reason that you need to go through an app when you can just say, "Alexa turn off the lights, Alexa set my thermostat to 72 degrees." so when you look at controllability in your device, you really want something that will integrate with voice in the long term. A lot of devices come out and they may not initially integrate with voice. But as long as that manufacturer has a roadmap or a path to integrate with voice in the future, that's really really important and the third pillar is energy management. Which encompasses both energy efficiency and energy savings. So here you want to look at it both at the device level as well as the grid level. So on a device level, you want to look how a device is going to help you save energy. so for a smart thermostat, that might be turning your heating or cooling down while you are at work and the smart thermostat will do that usually from a motion sensor built into the thermostat or by using your GPS location on your phone to know that you're at work and it can turn up or down the heating or cooling to help you save energy while no one is there at the house. The other thing that you're going to find with the smart thermostat devices is that you're going to adjust your temperature to a more accurate or a more comfortable level all the time. So before when you might have left your Heat go to 75 degrees or 73 degrees, when really it should have been at 70 degrees; but you just didn't want to get out from the couch. Now you're going to be able to turn it down from your phone or tell Alexa or Google home to do it. So you're going to help save yourself some energy there........continued full transcript is available Click Here

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