Category: How To Guides

Foscam Firmware Update and Security

Firmware is the “operating system” of your Foscam camera or NVR and just like Windows or your smart phone needs updates for new features and to ensure optical security, so too does your security camera or NVR.   While you may not be worried about the newest features afforded by the latest updates, it is critically

SmartThings Integration Ring Video Doorbell

Integrate SmartThings with the Ring Video Doorbell or Ring Doorbell Pro to create automation events when Ring’s motion sensor is activated or someone presses Ring’s doorbell button.  As an example you can turn on a light or lights automatically when someone approaches your front door.  Let’s talk about SmartThings integration with Ring Video Doorbell. SmartThings

How To Control a Fireplace with Zwave

We’re often asked how to automate a fireplace.  This article provides guidance on controlling a fireplace with Zwave and assumes you will be using a Vera, Hometroller, Smartthings or similar home automation controller that supports the Zwave products listed. First and foremost, as with any DIY project, care is required and if you are not

Insteon Control Of A Gas Fireplace

At first glance, it may appear that your gas fireplace is controlled by a 110V wall switch like the rest of the lights in your house.  It’s quite possible that the switch on the wall is the same.  But upon closer inspection of either the wiring or where it connects back to the gas fireplace

Top 5 Alternatives to The Wink Hub

Wink owners frustrated by service issues and Quirky’s bankruptcy proceedings, are looking for alternative home automation controllers.  Let’s look at some of the current alternatives to replace Quirky’s Wink.  One key advantage to ALL of the Wink alternative controllers, is that while they are accessible from the ‘cloud’, they can work just fine if the

Security Tip: Password Best Practices

Here are some tips to protect yourself, your systems, and your web accounts from being hacked. Always and immediately change default passwords on your electronics, security and camera systems and automation controllers otherwise you’re asking to be hacked! Some systems will prompt you to change your administrator password as a reminder and you should take