Introduction to IoT: Build an MQTT Broker Using Raspberry Pi & Mosquitto

The Internet of Things (IoT) movement is rapidly connecting everything to the internet. All the devices, sensors, and actuators need to be able to connect and communicate and for this reason, they need a communication protocol. This is where MQTT comes in. What is MQTT? Before we can get into the details of MQTT we …

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Home Automation DIY: Build a Smart Home Hub/Controller Using a Raspberry Pi & Home Assistant

DIY Raspberry Pi Smart Hub

Building your own smart home hub can be a fun and challenging task. With a custom hub, compatibility concerns are pretty much a thing of the past. Not only that, but by building your own home automation controller, you can get levels of customization that you can’t find anywhere else. In this article, we will …

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Ring Doorbell Batteries: Everything you Need to Know

Ring Video Doorbell mounted on front door

Ring doorbells are just about everywhere these days. The convenience of seeing who is that the door before you answer, combined with the ability to integrate this device into your current smart home, make this an easy sell to owners looking for a little more security. The biggest question holding back those who haven’t bought …

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Ultimate Guide to Everything you Need to Know About Zigbee: What is ZigBee? What’s Compatible? How Can I use it?

smart home connectivity

Introduction to ZigBee Getting started with your smart home can be confusing. There’s a mess of information out there but nobody seems to explain how it all works together. Nothing is worse than spending your hard-earned cash on a device that can’t be linked to your existing setup. If you want to make sense out …

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Best All-Around Smart Deadbolts (2019 Review)

schlage connect auto locking deadbolt

Nothing is more important than keeping your home safe. Every time you leave the house there is always that question, “Did I remember to lock the doors?” These smart deadbolts make sure you always know the answer. Nothing beats the peace of mind of knowing your deadbolt has locked behind you or being able to …

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