Smart Home Accessories

by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 01/10/2023
Samsung Samsung announced the SmartThings Station, a cost-effective smart home hub and fast charging pad. The hub will function as the “brain” of your smart home ecosystem, connecting and automating devices such as thermostats, lighting, power outlets, surveillance cameras, and more for customized presets and routines. What’s exciting about the SmartThings Station is that it will also support Matter-enabled devices for even more interoperability across smart products. Philips Speaking of interoperability, Philips announced that its Hue Sync TV
by Steven Wong ·Posted 02/25/2022
With wildly fluctuating weather conditions across the northeast United States and other parts of the world, perhaps it is the best time to enhance your smart home with an intelligent heating and cooling system. That’s one the reasons I decided to install a Google Nest Thermostat in my home, which is more affordable than the
by Richard Stevens ·Posted 06/16/2021
There’s no shortage of smart home tech these days. From light switches to thermostats, we’ve covered a great deal of it here at B&H. In fact, we’ve become spoiled by it. It’s no longer impressive to simply connect to the Internet and offer iPhone or Android control; manufacturers now have to push the envelope to get our attention. That’s the great thing about tech—it drives forward. Brilliant’s line of Smart Home Control
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 12/09/2020
Smart home products continued to sell at a blistering pace in 2020, surpassing last year’s gross revenue by more than 16 percent and driving household penetration up to 10 percent. Which products helped fuel those skyrocketing sales figures? Here’s a list of some of the most popular smart home products of the year. Facebook Portal Of all the smart home products on our list, the Facebook Portal is arguably the best for video conferencing. It
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 02/13/2019
Smart locks offer an alternative to the traditional lock. The traditional lock needs keys. Keys can get lost or stolen, and locks can be picked. Smart locks provide keyless entry, which means only people with access can enter the locked space. Expanding its keyless entry solutions, Yale has released three models of the Real Living Assure Lock Deadbolt. Up first is the Real Living Assure Lock Push Button Deadbolt. As the name implies, this
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 02/15/2019
Apple makes good stuff. At least I think so. Enough that I have an iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iMac in my house and have recently been gifted an Apple TV to help finish out the set. The only thing missing was a HomePod, until a Black Friday sale made it too tempting to pass up. Ever since, I have come to love it as the core of my somewhat smart home. Plenty of people will make fair arguments as to why the HomePod isn’t worth it—and
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 01/23/2019
TP-Link recently expanded its Kasa line of home automation devices with two product announcements. Up first is the KP200, a Wi-Fi in-wall power outlet equipped with two individually controllable sockets that enables you to control two plugged-in devices. A step-by-step wiring process for the KP200 is available in the Kasa Smart app for a worry-free installation.
by Richard Stevens ·Posted 01/11/2019
It's clear TP-Link isn't contented with simply being a networking powerhouse, because the company has steadily released a salvo of smart home products in recent years. Having already made a name for itself with its Kasa lineup of smart outlets, bulbs, and indoor cameras, TP-Link unveiled seven additions to its smart home family at CES 2019. Its new Kasa Smart Video Doorbell sports a slim, modern design and features 2K high-definition video with HDR, which should greatly help with nighttime viewing. This is important—porch pirates never sleep
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 11/12/2018
With the end of 2018 fast approaching, the holiday season is right around the corner. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about making your home smarter, but never got around to it. Have no worries—this is the perfect time to jump into smart home automation. With holiday lights, visiting guests, parties, and all the festivities that come during this time of year, your smart devices will be put through their paces. Where to Start An ideal start in the journey toward making your home smarter is with smart power strips and plugs. These products enable
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 12/14/2018
Products featuring smart assistants continued to sell at a blistering pace in 2018, further cementing their roles in our everyday lives and all but guaranteeing a future where interacting with a hyper-intelligent digital ghost is the norm. But, despite this continued surge in ownership, smart assistants remain an unknown quantity for many—What are they? What can they do? How do I get one? To help clear up some of the mystery, we’ve compiled a list of the top assistants and broken them down by platform, use case, and performance. Roll Call
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 12/05/2018
Security surveillance for the home seems ubiquitous in 2018. It’s par for the course for many homeowners. With the steady influx of consumer-grade security cameras, video doorbells, and alarm systems, there certainly won’t be a shortage of devices designed for securing your home in the foreseeable future. Much like surveillance for the home, home automation continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Additionally, the proliferation of surveillance and home automation devices allows for myriad DIY applications. In this primer, we’ll go over how
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 07/24/2018
Smart plugs are great little gadgets, aren't they? The ability to control a plugged-in device from anywhere offers tremendous flexibility and convenience. So how, then, do you improve upon the standard one-outlet smart plug? TP-Link has found a way to do just that with the HS107—a new Wi-Fi smart plug that is equipped with two individually controllable three-prong outlets. With this smart plug, you'll be able to control two plugged-in devices. Thanks to built-
by John Foldi ·Posted 07/03/2018
Smarter than your average speaker, LG’s new offerings in the wireless speaker category feature some intelligent technology that sets them apart from the crowd. Part of the ThinQ line, the WK7 and WK9 feature Google Assistant and Chromecast built in.
by Atane Ofiaja ·Posted 06/19/2018
Honeywell is here to make energy-saving temperature control for your home easy and intuitive, while delivering all the latest features you could need, with the Lyric T5 and RTH9585WF Wi-Fi touchscreen thermostats.
by William Min ·Posted 03/20/2018
Since the original iPod, Apple has innovated the way we've listened to music. Now, with the Apple HomePod, you'll be able to do more than just blast your favorite tunes. The HomePod is a wireless speaker, a smart home hub, and a Siri-enabled intelligent assistant all rolled into one device. Measuring just less than 7 inches tall and weighing just 5.5 pounds, the HomePod features a compact design. However, don't let its small size fool you.