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Etekcity Smart Fitness Scale Review

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Every year, we are getting closer to having all our devices in our house inter-connected and the new Etekcity Smart Fitness Scale is proof that “the smartening” of our homes is almost complete. A smart thermostat is a necessity, a smart plug is a commodity and even a smart air conditioner makes a lot of … Read more

Gosund Smart WiFi Plug Review

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The Gosund Smart Plug has been enjoying a great deal of popularity thanks to its minimalist design and its integration with the main smart home assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home (as well as the IoT protocol, IFTTT), allowing a seamless interaction with various smart home devices. A bit over a year ago, … Read more

Ecobee4 vs Nest Learning Thermostat Gen 3

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The Ecobee4 and the Nest Learning Thermostat Gen 3 are two of the most popular smart thermostats on the market, each of these devices challenging both the design and the functionality of the traditional plain-looking thermostats. The ‘non-smart’ thermostats had unnecessarily complex configurations and the various functions were generally a mess (the large majority of … Read more

TP-Link Deco M9 Plus WiFi Mesh System Review

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Ever since the WiFi mesh systems entered into the mainstream, the development of new consumer-friendly networking technologies seems to have slowed down a bit and some manufacturers started focusing more towards polishing their already existing devices, while others aimed at diversifying their offer. This way, Eero has released its second generation tri-band system, Netgear released … Read more

Xiaomi Mijia Aqara Gateway IP Camera Review

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The Xiaomi Mijia Aqara gateway camera is a small form factor device suitable for home monitoring (it will work great as a baby cam), being able to capture daylight, as well as night-time videos (at 1080p), it can easily be mounted on the wall or ceiling (by magnetic attachment or using the adhesive two-sided tape), … Read more

Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat Review

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The Nest Learning Thermostat has been a long time favourite since it managed to offer what the user expected from a smart thermostat (the best balance between a number of useful features and an intelligently designed device – something that the more complicated traditional thermostat lacked), but after some time, the shortcomings of the Nest … Read more

Nest Learning Thermostat Gen 3 Review

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While it did not build the initial smart thermostat, Nest is among the first manufacturers to have managed to find the perfect balance between a functional design and a proper amount of features. Unlike other devices (such as the water bottles, hairbrushes, trash-cans or toasters) that got smart just as a proof of concept, the … Read more

Samsung Connect Home Review

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The Samsung Connect Home is the first move from the Korean-based manufacturer to enter the WiFi mesh system family (which has been growing rapidly in the last couple of years) but, it is not the first time Samsung has tried its hands on the development of a smart home hub, since it also owns the … Read more

Cujo, pfSense or the Router Firewall: The Best Ways To Protect Your (IoT) Smart Devices From Outside Threats

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WHAT IS CUJO? CAN A REGULAR ROUTER PROTECT YOUR IOT NETWORK? IS CUJO REALLY PLUG AND FORGET? WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE OUT THERE? (PFSENSE) When the first smart devices came into existence and the concept of a smart home and the IoT has finally managed to materialize, a lot of people have pointed out that … Read more