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Welcome to our Smart Home and Automation category page—the hub for all things smart and convenient that can revolutionise your daily living. Here, you’ll find comprehensive guides, reviews, and the latest news on devices and ecosystems that promise to make your home safer, more efficient, and undeniably more enjoyable.

What is Smart Home and Automation?

Smart Home and Automation refers to the network of intelligent devices and systems that connect to the internet and to each other, offering remote control, monitoring, and data collection. From voice-activated lighting to intelligent cooking appliances, this category spans a wide array of products designed to bring ease and automation into your home life.

Why This Category Matters

Whether you’re a tech-savvy early adopter or a homeowner seeking practical solutions for everyday tasks, smart home tech offers a wide range of applications that can genuinely improve your living standards.

Key Products and Systems Featured:

  1. Smart Lighting: Elevate your home’s ambience with products like Philips Hue bulbs, LIFX LED strips, or Nanoleaf panels. Control lighting from your phone, or use voice commands via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
  2. Smart Locks: Secure your home with high-tech locks from brands like August or Yale. These locks offer keyless entry, remote access, and even compatibility with smart systems like Apple’s HomeKit.
  3. Smart Plugs: Brands like TP-Link’s Kasa and Belkin’s WeMo offer smart plugs that allow you to control traditional appliances through your smartphone, or even schedule them to operate at specific times.
  4. Robot Vacuum Cleaners: Keep your floors pristine without lifting a finger. Look out for market leaders like iRobot’s Roomba or Roborock for smart, self-navigating vacuum cleaners.
  5. Smart Home Ecosystems: Streamline your smart home devices with comprehensive ecosystems like Samsung’s SmartThings, Google’s Nest, or Aqara. These systems serve as a central hub, making device management effortless.
  6. Surveillance Cameras: Secure your perimeter with tried-and-true brands like Arlo or Ring, offering HD video, motion detection, and real-time alerts.
  7. Smart Appliances: Beyond lighting and security, consider adding smart fans from Dyson, air fryers from Instant Pot, or smart air conditioning systems from LG to your home for ultimate comfort and convenience.

Whether you’re just starting your smart home journey or looking to expand your existing setup, our Smart Home and Automation category is rich with expert advice, detailed reviews, and the latest updates to help you make informed decisions. Dive in and discover how smart your home can truly be!

Home surveillance cameras have become increasingly popular and accessible in recent years due to the wide range of options available and affordable products that some brands offer. One such product is the Ezviz CB2 Smart Home Battery Camera, a tiny battery-powered indoor camera that is available for just £60. Specification The Ezviz CB2 is a …

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With the current surge in home automation and smart living, security cameras have evolved from being just another piece of tech to a crucial part of our daily lives. One player making significant strides in this space is TP-Link, with their Tapo C420 Outdoor Security Camera. TP-Link Tapo C420S2 Specification Table TP-Link Tapo C420 Features …

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Smart video doorbells have been one of my favourite pieces of tech in the past few years (I am easily pleased). As someone who receives packages daily, if not multiple times per day, old-fashioned wireless doorbells were a nightmare. Often, I wasn’t in the room with the chime, or I just wasn’t home; then, the …

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Most older UK homes use dated wiring for their lighting. This will typically consist of a live and live switched cable and works simply by the light switch completing the circuit when switched on. When I first started to invest in smart home technology, there were not many (or any that I can remember) smart …

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The Aqara LED Strip T1 was launched in the middle of August and is the first light strip that Aqara has made. There may be hundreds of light strip options on the market, many of which are more affordable than this. Still, the Aqara LED Strip T1 is a feature-rich light strip with tuneable white …

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Reolink has stormed into IFA 2023, Europe’s premier home appliances trade show, with a jaw-dropping line-up of next-generation home security solutions. Operating under the banner, “[4K Solar +] Security Solutions, We Go Beyond”, the brand is set to redefine the boundaries of home security technology. Ali Park, the Regional Sales Manager at Reolink, couldn’t contain …

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At IFA 2023, SwitchBot revealed what appears to be a groundbreaking leap in home automation: the Floor Cleaning Robot S10. With features like auto water refill and drainage, high suction power, and advanced navigation, it seems this could be the cleaning robot we’ve all been waiting for. Let’s dive into the intricate details that set …

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At IFA 2023, the main launch from Philips Hue was the new Hue Secure range of cameras and a contact sensor. However, they also confirmed that they would finally start rolling out Matter via a software update to the Philips Hue Bridge, which will be available in September 2023. With the launch of this update, …

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Following on from yesterday’s post about the imminent launch of Philips Hue Secure, it has now been made official. This rollout includes the Philips Hue Secure cameras for home surveillance, alongside the Philips Hue Secure floodlight camera, capable of lighting up expansive spaces in any hue of your choosing. Also in the mix are the …

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Following on from the Tado Heat Pump Connector announcement, Tado has also revealed another money-saving device in the form of the Tado Smart Charging app. This intelligent home charging solution leverages fluctuating electricity prices to optimise when your electric vehicle (EV) charges. By doing so, it promises an average annual saving of €300 on EV charging …

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Tado has broadened its product range with the launch of the Tado Heat Pump Connector and its accompanying app feature, Tado Balance Heat Pump. This innovative technology allows homeowners to manage their heat pumps in a smarter, more cost-effective manner. When paired with fluctuating hourly electricity rates, this system can slash annual heat pump electricity …

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