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We are often asked how to do things with technology. From LED strips to PC components, we're here to answer your questions. If you have a How To question, reach out at howto@plughitzlive.com.

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    Step-by-Step Guide: Connecting Monster Smart Spotlights to Wi-Fi

    Step-by-Step Guide: Connecting Monster Smart Spotlights to Wi-Fi

    DescriptionPairing your new Monster Smart Illuminescence Indoor/Outdoor Spotlights is a relatively simple process that allows users to connect their lights to their phones and control them from anywhere. In this episode, Scott provides a step-by-step guide on how to pair these lights with a phone.
    Before you pairBefore getting started, there are a few things that are needed. Firstly, the Monster Smart Illuminescence lights themselves, which can be purchased on Amazon or monsterilluminescence.com. Additionally, a phone with the Monster Smart App installed is necessary. The phone should also be connected to a Wi-Fi network that operates on a 2.4 gigahertz frequency. It is important to note that most modern routers support this frequency, but it may need to be turned on if it is currently disabled.
    Once all the necessary requirements are met, the pairing process can begin. You should definitely pause the video and complete the necessary steps before proceeding. The process is similar to other Monster Smart Illuminescence products, but there may be slight differences due to the nature of this specific product.
    Pair Monster Smart Illuminescence lightsTo begin, the lights need to be plugged in. It is mentioned that the lights may turn on automatically or they may need to be manually turned on by pressing the multifunction button on the controller twice. Once the lights are on, you should hold the multifunction button for approximately five or six seconds until the lights start blinking rapidly. This indicates that the lights are ready to be paired.
    Next, the host demonstrates the pairing process on a phone. You should the Monster Smart App and tap the plus button in the top right corner of the screen. From there, select "add device" and either proceed if the app is already discovering devices or go to the lighting section to find the lights and start the pairing process. Once the lights are successfully added, the app displays a message indicating that one device has been found and added.
    Then, proceed to the next screen where you will see the option to name the spotlights and assign them to a specific room. Scott decided to leave the name as is and skip assigning a room since the lights will be used outdoors. After tapping "done," a progress bar appears, indicating that the pairing process is complete.
    Interesting featuresThere are a variety of interesting features of the Monster Smart Illuminescence Indoor/Outdoor Spotlights, such as the ability to control them with solid colors, run patterns on them, and integrate them with Razer Chroma. The lights can respond to gameplay, making them suitable for game streaming studios, and can also be programmed to respond to external factors like receiving a tweet. Scott demonstrates how to adjust the color and brightness of the lights using the app.
    In conclusion, pairing Monster Smart Illuminescence Indoor/Outdoor Spotlights is a straightforward process that allows users to connect their lights to their phones and control them remotely. We hope you enjoyed this detailed guide on how to pair the lights, as well as information on additional features and customization options.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

    • 10 min
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    Setup the Monster Smart Illuminessence Orb

    Setup the Monster Smart Illuminessence Orb

    DescriptionSince we published our unboxing video for the Monster Smart Illuminessence Orb, we have received a number of questions about how to set up the product. Having been through the process ourselves, we can understand the concerns and difficulties associated with the setup.
    The first helpful hint is to have a single panel connected to the controller. This will make the status of the controller far clearer than just trying to use the small blue LED on the controller. The second hint is to make sure that the phone you are using to configure the product is connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. If you have a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network in your home or office, you are likely connected to that since it is faster, but for the purposes of setting up the product, you must be connected to a 2.4 GHz.
    Once you're connected to the correct Wi-Fi network, make sure the light is in pairing mode. You'll know it is in pairing mode because the light will blink quickly green. Once all of these conditions are met, you are ready to go through the pairing process in the app. All of the Monster Smart Illuminessence products are Lighting (Wi-Fi), which is the third option in the pairing process.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

    • 4 min
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    Setup the Monster Smart Illuminessence Digit

    Setup the Monster Smart Illuminessence Digit

    DescriptionSince we published our unboxing video for the Monster Smart Illuminessence Digit, we have received a number of questions about how to set up the product. Having been through the process ourselves, we can understand the concerns and difficulties associated with the setup.
    The first helpful hint is to have a single panel connected to the controller. This will make the status of the controller far clearer than just trying to use the small blue LED on the controller. The second hint is to make sure that the phone you are using to configure the product is connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. If you have a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network in your home or office, you are likely connected to that since it is faster, but for the purposes of setting up the product, you must be connected to a 2.4 GHz.
    Once you're connected to the correct Wi-Fi network, make sure the light is in pairing mode. You'll know it is in pairing mode because the light will blink quickly green. Once all of these conditions are met, you are ready to go through the pairing process in the app. All of the Monster Smart Illuminessence products are Lighting (Wi-Fi), which is the third option in the pairing process.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

    • 6 min
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    Setup the Monster Smart Illuminessence Prism

    Setup the Monster Smart Illuminessence Prism

    DescriptionSince we published our unboxing video for the Monster Smart Illuminessence Prism, we have received a number of questions about how to set up the product. Having been through the process ourselves, we can understand the concerns and difficulties associated with the setup.
    The first helpful hint is to have a single panel connected to the controller. This will make the status of the controller far clearer than just trying to use the small blue LED on the controller. The second hint is to make sure that the phone you are using to configure the product is connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. If you have a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network in your home or office, you are likely connected to that since it is faster, but for the purposes of setting up the product, you must be connected to a 2.4 GHz.
    Once you're connected to the correct Wi-Fi network, make sure the light is in pairing mode. You'll know it is in pairing mode because the light will blink quickly green. Once all of these conditions are met, you are ready to go through the pairing process in the app. All of the Monster Smart Illuminessence products are Lighting (Wi-Fi), which is the third option in the pairing process.
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

    • 6 min
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    [Black Friday] Fix the Monster IlluminEssence LED Strip

    [Black Friday] Fix the Monster IlluminEssence LED Strip

    DescriptionFor those who purchased the Monster IlluminEssence LED Strip on Black Friday from Walmart, you probably got left with a defective unit. Over the past month, we have been trying to come up with a solution, working with both Monster and the factory that produces the products to identify and solve the issue. However, it's Christmas and we're tired of waiting, and we're sure you are, as well. The good news is that there is a solution!
    A new batch of product has been produced and shipped to Walmart stores across the country. We've tested quite a few of the new units and they have all been a success. If you have not installed your strip, simply swap them out at your local store. If you have already installed the strip, purchase a new one at your local store, swap the control units, and return the defective one. The key is that you need to look at the bottom of the box for the new batch number (1929A) and on the control unit for the new batch number (1906).
    Good luck and Happy Holidays!
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

    • 8 min
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    [Black Friday] Use the Monster IlluminEssence LED Strip

    [Black Friday] Use the Monster IlluminEssence LED Strip

    DescriptionIt's Black Friday, and that means some new products are available. This year, Monster has made available a new SKU in its IlluminEssence product line - a single LED strip. We've reviewed all of the other products, and expected that this new SKU would work the same way. But, after thousands of views in a few hours and dozens of comments, it was clear that we were wrong. So, we braved the crowds and headed to Walmart to purchase the last unit in our local store so we could try it out.
    Unfortunately, this new SKU was definitely produced separately from the standard SKUs. The packaging is slightly different, and the manual is completely different. In this case, the product seems to be defective. We were able to power it on (by plugging it in), but could not get the included remote to work with it, even after following the pairing instructions. We also weren't able to use one of our working remotes with the new strip. There is definitely a problem and you are NOT CRAZY!
    ParticipantsScott ErtzHostScott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

    • 7 min

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