HOOBS Part 3: Adding Devices to HOOBS

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at HOOBS and walk through how to add devices to HOOBS and show how to set up and access those devices in HomeKit. I am using Harmony hubs in this case and walk through how to install the plugin, change the configuration file to match your set up and show where you can see the devices you have set up on your HOOBS system.

I also walk through the steps to get your HOOBS hub onto the Home App on your Apple devices and how to add any devices you have connected through HOOBS. I then show you how this particular device, the Harmony Hub works with HomeKit.

HOOBS really is a great devices for making Homebridge simple. To have an option to connect all your devices that are not HomKit compatible to HomeKit gives greater access to devices for your home automation needs.


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Smart Home Part 11: Fuse-Home & Music Control App

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In this screencast tutorial I cover an application that combines your HomeKit device control with Sonos and your Mac’s and AppleTV’s all in one application. The Fuse app uses a simple card style to create a one screen quick look at all of your smart home devices which you can control. It also includes an Apple Watch App incase you don’t have your iPhone or iPad handy.







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Smart Home Part 10: Ecobee Switch+ Install & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the installation and set up of an Ecobee Switch+. The next in my series on home automation covers something most of us wouldn’t think would be that exciting, a light switch. This light switch however is not just a switch. It also includes a motion & occupancy sensor, a temperature sensor, a night light and Amazon Alexa with speaker built into the switch itself. Also since it is only an on/off switch it will work with smart bulbs like Phillips Hue. This is a great addition to a home automation set up.

In this screencast I cover the installation of the switch and walk through the steps to setting it up an managing it on the Ecobee App.



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Smart Home Part 9: Nest Hello Doorbell Walk Thru

In this screencast tutorial I cover setting up the Nest Hello Video Doorbell. I walk through what is inside the box and the installation of the doorbell itself. I then cover the major features included in the Nest Application for the doorbell including the Nest subscription plan.

This is a part of an ongoing series I am doing on setting up my smart home and working through the issues that come up with the installation and set up of devices that are not always designed to talk to one another. I will also be showing how to do some home automation once those devices are installed so watch for future screencasts outlining this.



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Smart Home Part 8: Nest Protect Install & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the installation and set up the Nest Protect Smoke & CO2 Alarms. I show you what the initial unboxing and set up looks like and walk through the application, the types of alerts you get and how the Protects show up in HomeKit using Homebridge to get them to be connected to the HomeKit application.

This is a part of an ongoing series I am doing on setting up my smart home and working through the issues that come up with the installation and set up of devices that are not always designed to talk to one another. I will also be showing how to do some home automation once those devices are installed so watch for future screencasts outlining this.

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Smart Home Part 7: Homebridge Harmony Crash Fix

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to fix an annoying crash that can happen with the Harmony Plugin and in situations where you have a lot of devices connected to HomeBridge.

I show you the cause of the crash and how to fix it on your Mac. Then I go into an automation I set up to fix the issue when I am not at my Mac and need to use my iOS device.

I want to thank you all so much for your support even when I have been MIA lately. My wife had hip replacement surgery, two of my boy started college for the first time and we had to move them in, and I’ve had other projects come up that have taken my time. I am not abandoning the channel even though Apple has chosen to retire macOS server as I have a lot of other interests in doing screencasts to related to the Mac and technology in general.

I couldn’t do this without your support and encouragement. So thanks again and I look forward to producing more content!



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Smart Home Part 2: Homebridge Nest Device Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at Homebridge and add Nest Devices to Homebridge and Homekit. The beauty of Homebridge is that it allows for this type of integration. It is not perfect but it does give access to your Nest Devices to use in some of your automation set ups and allows you to use Homekit and Siri to control those devices based on what Nest makes available.







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Smart Home Part 1: Homebridge Installation & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up Homebridge to connect your non Homekit compatible devices to Homekit. Being in a place where there is no one system of home automation it can be difficult to set up in integrated smart home. There is Google’s Nest, Amazon Alexa, Homekit, etc. each with its own app and ways of doing things. What if you want to buy devices that are not from the same family and want them all to work with Homekit?

Homebridge is a lightweight server that runs in the background and acts like a bridge that Homekit can connect to and then display the feature of that device so you can control them with Siri or Homekit.

In this screencast I cover the initial installation and set up of Homebridge. In future screencasts I will cover how to set up specific devices like Nest devices to run on Homekit through Homebridge. I also plan to do a series on smart home devices and how to set them up for those who want to have an integrated smart home that can be controlled with your voice, a phone or other devices.



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