Join hosts Richard Gunther and Adam Justice as they explore the smart home and home automation universe. Interviews with smart home leaders, analysis of the latest smart home news and the occasional Q&A and product review. All smart home, all the time.
Episode 211 - Smart Home Fundamentals
Inspired by a listener's question, Adam and Richard go back to basics in this episode and explain some fundamental concepts about smart home technology. Including: What is a smart home? What's a platform? What's a standard? What's the difference between a "warm" light and a "soft" one? And how does a smart device know how to do anything?
- Insteon Goes Dark & Cloud vs. Local https://www.smarthome.fm/episodes/208-insteon
- Hubs and Bridges https://www.smarthome.fm/episodes/180
Episode 210 - Dreaming of a Perfect Smart Home
Adam and Richard brainstorm what their dream smart homes would look like, if money were no object but technology advanced in a realistic way. They discuss the ideal state of voice assistants, lighting, window treatments, security systems, A/V equipment, home robotics, and more. Also: Should you AirTag your baby? (No.)
Episode 209 - Moving a Smart Home, Part 2
Adam and Richard continue their discussion of Richard's recent move to a new home. Richard explains the first devices he chose to set up, why he intentionally dragged his feet on some devices, and the mistakes he made with his existing Ring and Hue accounts. He also shares some advice for installing Zigby devices that may save you a huge amount of time, and a hack he discovered for making Sonos speakers - including first-gen ones - work in a HomePod-powered home. Plus: The smart home industry's "holding pattern" as everyone waits for Matter to drop.
Episode 208 - Insteon Goes Dark & Cloud vs. Local
Smartlabs, the company behind smarthome.com and Insteon smart home products, has shuttered operations. On today's show, Adam and Richard discuss how that sudden shutdown has impacted both manufacturers and consumers, and the trade-offs of communicating locally vs. over a proprietary cloud.
Episode 207 - Moving a Smart Home, Part 1
Adam and Richard are back to discuss Richard's move to a new state, which required him to also decide which of his more than 100 connected devices would make the move, and which would be left behind. He talks about how he decided what would make the cut, and explains the settings that needed to be adjusted or turned off in both sets of devices, because "it's not as simple as unplug and go." Plus: The annoyances Richard ran into that device makers should learn from.
Episode 206 - Technology FM Fireside Chat with Seth Johnson
Adam and Richard catch up with Seth Johnson for the 2021 Technology.FM Fireside chat
Smart home noob
These guys are really good, I’m a smart home noob and I’ve really enjoyed listening to them. I chose my ecosystem based on their breakdown video.
I hope that they will do a video on hubs, I have just begun learning about these and am curious to learn about SmartThings vs Home Assitant be others! Also a complete how to begin a smart home video would be great!
I’m gonna keep listening!
This is a great podcast for Smart Home Issues! Keep up the good work!
Great Show with Knowledgeable Hosts
This is a terrific show whether you’re new to smart home automation or if you’re a veteran. Somehow these guys can make this complex topic both informative and engaging for people regardless of expertise level. I really look forward to each episode.