Smart Home Focus
Share the future

Category Archives for Projects

How to Enable Alexa Brief Mode

How to Enable Alexa Brief Mode

Alexa...stop saying OK. Learn how to turn on Alexa Brief Mode to stop Alexa from responding to every command. Brief Mode is very handy when you use Alexa in a smart home.

Continue reading
Setup an Alexa Preferred Speaker

Alexa Preferred Speaker Setup

What is an Alexa Preferred Speaker?

A preferred speaker is a speaker in an Alexa Smart Home Device Group that is the default speaker for music. Music will automatically play through your preferred speaker.

For example, you can have an Echo Dot and a Sonos Play 1 speaker in a device group. All your music will automatically play through the better quality Sonos Play 1 speaker. No additional commands needed.

Continue reading
Ring Doorbell on TV

Ring Doorbell on TV

Can I view Ring Doorbell on TV?
Yes! You can view your Ring Doorbell on any television with a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You can also view your Ring Doorbell on select Samsung TVs.

Continue reading
Ring Doorbell Alexa Chime

Ring Doorbell Alexa Chime

How to quickly and easily set up a Ring Doorbell Alexa chime. Your Ring Doorbell can play custom sounds, music and chimes on all of your Amazon Alexa devices.

Continue reading
Connect Ring Doorbell and Alexa

Connect Ring to Alexa

Does Ring work with Alexa?

Yes. When you connect Ring to Alexa it makes both products better.

Here is a list of ways Ring products work with Alexa.

Continue reading
How to Turn Off Fire TV

How to Turn Off Amazon Fire Stick

The fastest way to turn off the Amazon Fire Stick. Follow this quick guide to learn how to turn off the Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV.

Continue reading
Best Alexa Commands

Alexa Commands – Best Smart Home Commands

The best Alexa commands to use in your smart home. Read my list of Alexa commands that is easily organized to find what you need fast. You will be surprised with everything you can do with a simple command to your Echo Dot!

Continue reading
Porch Light Timer

Porch Light Timer – 3 Easy Solutions You Can Install Today

A porch light timer is simple but extremely useful feature to add to your home. The products available today make it even easier and more convenient than ever before. In 30 minutes, you can set up an automatic porch light timer. Never come home to a dark front door again! This articles explains how to put your porch lights on a timer.

Continue reading
Smart Lighting Guide

The Complete Smart Lighting Guide

Ultimate convenience!

Save money!

Conserve Energy!

Make your home safer!


That sounds like a cheesy infomercial, but smart lights can actually deliver on all of these promises. I enjoy these benefits in my house today, but it wasn’t always that way. It is critical that you choose the right products and set them up in the right way or you won’t get the full benefits that smart home lighting can provide. This smart lighting guide will ensure that you don't make the same mistakes I made.

Continue reading
Alexa Turn on Lights

How To: “Turn on the Lights” with Alexa

Just say, "Alexa. Turn on the Lights."

Alexa knows where you are and what lights you want to turn on!

Speak naturally to Alexa when controlling the lights in your Smart Home. This is the easiest way for you and your guests to use voice control of lights.

Use this guide to setup context aware lighting control with your Amazon Echo device.

Continue reading
>