Smart Home Part 4: Logitech Harmony Hub Install & Set Up

In this screencast tutorial I cover another smart home tech product called the Logitech Harmony Hub. With all of the smart assistants out there for other household needs one of the things that can be forgotten about is our home entertainment centers. These usually include multiple remotes and can be a pain to manage. Logitech tries to fix the with a hub for your entertainment center that works as a universal remote and also controls other things like some of your smart home tech. It can also be integrated with other smart assistants like Amazon’s Echo to bring voice control to your home theater.

In this screencast I cover the installation and set up of the Harmony Hub to get you up and running with the device. In a future screencast I will cover how to integrate the harmony hub into your smart home set up.

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Smart Home Part 3: Apple HomePod Review

In this screencast tutorial I so a review and walk through of Apple’s new HomePod. I’m doing something different to try to introduce some of these devices with a combination of review and walk through to help you get an overall view of the product first to decide is you want it add it to your smart home and second if you do choose to pick one up, have a walk through of the set up and features. So let me know what you think!

The HomePod is Apple’s foray into the smart speaker market which has been dominated by Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home. Where Apple is different is their attempt to selling the music side of the speaker first with voice assistant technology added in. This comes at a premium as the speaker comes at a $349 price tag and which is their only option while Echo and Google Home have a cheaper entry point. But once you listen to it you can hear that Apple has put a lot of tech into the HomePod. The other advantage is being able to use Siri with Homekit out of the box is a huge plus and is of particular interest to our topic of looking at smart home technology to help us control our smart home devices.

In this screencast we will walk through he unboxing, set up and testing of the HomePod to see if it fits in your own Smart Home set up.

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Smart Home Part 2: Homebridge Nest Device Set Up

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.


Smart Home Part 1: Homebridge Installation & Set Up

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.