What Devices are Homekit Compatible?

Works with Home App

While it may be confusing at first, finding what devices are Homekit Compatible is not that difficult. There should be, clearly marked on the side of the packaging an orange icon that says “Works with Apple Home”. If the product you are wondering about has this printed on it, you can be guaranteed that it … Read more

What are some examples of Home Automation Systems?

When I was getting started with Home Automation I knew some of the more basic things that were possible, but I really didn’t know how far it could go. I’m still on my journey with HomeKit, and am always excited to see what others do to make their life at home easier, and more responsive. … Read more

HomeKit Doorbells

When I was a Kid we used to play Doorbell Ditching. We would sneak up to a house, ring the doorbell and then run across the street to watch the owner open the door to nobody there. But we can’t do that anymore. Doorbells today come with motion sensing cameras that record visitors who even … Read more

What does Apple HomeKit do?

When it comes to Home Automation, there are a lot of different systems, or frameworks out there. I’ve been using Apple HomeKit for a few years now because of how easy and secure it is. I’d like to share some of the different things it can do to automate your home, simplify your life, and … Read more

Do You Need to Hire a Company to Automate Your Home?

Should I hire a provessional to automate my house

Should you DIY, or hire a professional to automate your home? I was wondering this exact same question a few weeks ago and I learned that for most homeowners (and especially renters) Home Automation can be done without hiring anyone and with quite a substantial savings to your wallet. Should You Hire Someone to Automate … Read more

Have you ordered AirTags yet?

It’s Christmas Day, and I don’t usually do much. We watched the kiddo open presents – went to the In-laws for a few hours, and ended the day with Football and our traditional Chinese Food. One thing the kiddo wanted was a new water bottle. I guess all his friends have these fancy Hydro Flask … Read more

Smart Switches or Smart bulbs – which is better?

Smart Switches or Smart bulbs – which is better

When I was getting started with home automation I didn’t know if it was better to buy smart bulbs and replace the traditional bulbs in my current fixtures or if I should replace all the regular switches in my home with smart switches. After reading a bunch of articles and thinking about my particular situation … Read more

Top Hubs for Apple HomeKit (updated for 2022)

Homekit iOS15 Multi Camera display in Apple TV

I didn’t know how easy Getting started with home automation in the Apple ecosystem would be. Let me tell you – it is so simple! While it’s not necessary to have a hub, if you do, you’ll be able to control all the devices in your home from anywhere in the world. These are the … Read more

HomeKit iOS15 Updates

Homekit Package detection on iPhone and Apple TV

Every year, during their World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announces new products and major updates and upgrades to their devices and software. One of the major upgrades was iOS 15 – the newest operating system, and it had a lot of exciting upgrades for Homekit. In the WWDC 2021 HomeKit presentation which was virtual, they … Read more