Smart Home Showcase: Alexa + Smart Thermostats

Publication Date: 8/14/18 - It's not just about Nest anymore: now there are several of smart thermostats with Alexa compatibility. Here's a roundup of the most popular and highly-rated smart thermostats designed to work with Alexa, from economy to high-end models.     Entry-Level: Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat The Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat (Canadian...

Smart Home Showcase: Alexa Connected Pet Products

Publication Date: 8/7/18 - Smart home devices and appliances are being released regularly, and some of them are designed to help with pet care. Today's post features Alexa connected pet products: feeders and remote-controlled video cameras, one with a built-in, remote-controlled laser pointer for interactive play!     The smart home devices featured below let you keep an eye on pets...

Alexa Smart Home Showcase: Smart Switches For Built-In Lights, Fans & Appliances

Publication Date: 7/24/18 - I kicked off the Alexa Smart Home Showcase feature with an article about how to get a good smart home foundation for less than $25 using smart plugs. Today, I'm shifting the focus to the DIY homeowners who are looking to smarten up their home wiring in the walls and ceilings. The news is good, because in-line smart switches for built-in lights, fans and appliances are...

Alexa Smart Home Showcase: Smart Home For Around $25

Post Updated 11/26/18 - Welcome to the first post in LME's new Smart Home Showcase feature. Let's kick it off with some good news for those with more smart home enthusiasm than money. If you've already got an Alexa device, then yes: you can get a great, multi-device start on your smart home for under $25. Note that prices on Amazon are subject to change at any time, and prices quoted in this post...

Alexa Fast Tips Friday: Alexa + Ring Smart Doorbell

Post Updated 8/2/18 - By now you've probably heard that Amazon bought the company that makes Ring smart doorbells, but you might not know they immediately slashed the prices of all available Ring products---they've discounted the basic model by half! Alexa + Ring smart doorbell = affordable smart home tech.     Ring Smart Doorbells Let You See Who's At The Door---Even When You're Not...