You can now control your Netgear Routers from Amazon Alexa

If you have a Netgear router, DSL Gateway or Orbi Home WiFi system you can now control the devices from your Amazon Alexa. Netgear have added the Alexa skill to the UK skills list so you can ask Alexa to do things like reboot your router or enable a guest…

Video: Hands on with De.Light WiFi hotspot smart lights

nno I have to admit to having a bit of an addiction to smart lights but what do you do if you don’t have wifi coverage in every room. One solution for extending your network is power light technology which uses your house mains wiring to distribute your network. So…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #589 – Addicted

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Richard, Garry and I talk about smart home addiction, creating smart sensors with Arduino and IFTTT, the latest Windows 10 Insider builds, wifi bulbs, new Amazon Alexa Skills and lots more. http://traffic.libsyn.com/iandixon/TDL_Show_20170216_589.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Smart Home for the rest of us – Part 3: Hive Smart Heating

In the last part of my smart home series (see part 1 and part 2) I looked at control lights and smart plugs with Amazon Alexa and in this this post I am going to look at smart heating. Unlike controlling lighting which was relatively simple to setup, controlling heating…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #588 – Going Dotty

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry, Richard and I talk about new Windows 10 builds, Windows 10 Cloud, controlling Plex from Alexa, new smart home setups and more. Buy our Windows 10 book: Entertainment Apps on the go with Windows 10. We cover music and video streaming services…

Setting up a Smart Home for the rest of us: Part 2 – Lights

In my first part of my setting up a smart home articles I looked at why I chose Amazon Alexa as the main way of controlling my smart home. In this post I will look at howI have setup my lighting to work Alexa using Philips Hue and my existing…

You can now control Plex with Amazon Alexa

Plex is a great media system and now it is even better as you can interact with Plex via Amazon Alexa. There is a new skill for Alexa available that once enabled you can ask “Alexa, tell Plex to play Doctor Who” or “Alexa, asks Plex to play music by…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #587 – In Hot Water

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry, Richard and I talk about the new Windows 10 build, broadband issues, smart home setups and my experiences with my Hive Home installation this week. We also talk about how I managed to solve my problems installing last week’s Windows 10 build…

Setting up a Smart Homes for the rest of us (Part 1)

[Part 2 covering lights is available here] Home automation and smart homes are nothing new, the tech has been around for years and there are some great installations around. I have dabbled with home automation in the past but this year I am really focusing on smarting up my home….

The Digital Lifestyle Show #586 – Windows 10 Social Update

Welcome to this week show. Garry, Richard and I talk about controlling the smart home from Windows, new Amazon Alexa setups, complicating the home and the latest Windows 10 insider builds. We also talk iPhone battery life, Xbox updates, using Bluetooth audio over WiFi and more. Buy our Windows 10…

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