Smart Plug—An Easy Way To Get You Started On Home Automation

Don’t know where to start for your home automation? The easiest path to home automation is to convert your existing lights and turn-on/off devices into smart devices by adding relatively inexpensive smart plugs. Simply plug in a smart plug into a socket and then plug in a lamp, fan, air humidifier, air purifier, or other device into the smart plug. For those of you with an iPhone, you can set up these devices with HomeKit by simply bringing up the Home app and scan in the code for the device. 

There are many options in the market place. There are smart plugs that connect with Bluetooth or Thread as wells as WiFi. Of course, there are few that connect with a bridge.

For situations where you also would like to have a remote control, the iHome iSP8 with Remote Control will work perfectly. Want to control outdoor lights or xmas lights? There are even outdoor smart plugs.

If you are an iPhone user, then you should consider smart plugs that support HomeKit. Likewise, if you are an Android user, you should consider smart plugs that support Google Assistant. For Amazon Echo users, you need smart plugs that support Amazon Alexa.

Here are few smart plugs to get you started. These all support HomeKit.

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Thread Network—A New Way To connect With Apple HomeKit For Your Home Automation DIY Project

When Apple first introduced the HomePod Mini during their keynote, they did not mention it was a Thread Border Router. This is possibly the future of smart home device connectivity. The HomePod Mini is the starting point of a Thread mesh network because it is a Thread Border Router and it is automatic and does not need any configuration or setup.

Thread is a new low energy mesh network protocol standard for smart home devices. Thread enabled smart home devices inter-connect to each other to form a mesh network so there are no central hub to relay data. A thread network starts with at least one or more border routers (sometimes called edge routers). The best border router to use for HomeKit home automation is the HomePod Mini which is very easy to set up because it automatically works when you connect to your wifi and login with your Apple ID.  You can have as many HomePod Mini as desired such as having one in each room. They will all route and connect to Thread enabled devices. Each Thread device can connect to each other and extend the Thread mesh network.

Advantages of using Thread in your HomeKit automation:

*Network is decentralized and non-hierarchical.

*Self organizing and self configuring.

*Can add one or more border router (HomePod Mini).

*Full Enabled Thread devices can extend to the network by connecting to each other.

*No single point of failure (as long there are more than one border router (HomePod Mini)).


*The network is self-healing. Should one device fail, connected device will switch connection to another device so data can continue to routed.

*High level of security.

*Low energy so battery device (Minimal Thread Device) can connect without draining battery.

*IP6 based.

*Open industry standard.

Start by adding one or more HomePod Mini to your home WiFi. These HomePod Mini will act as border router for your Thread Network and other Thread enable devices can connect to the HomePod Mini. This happens automatically. You simply use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to scan the HomeKit device to add to your HomeKit network. It will automatically connect to a HomePod Mini or another Thread device that is connected to the Thread network.

The Thread protocol is new so there are only a few Thread enable devices on the market so far but more are expected to be announced or some current devices may be Thread enabled with a firmware update.

The Eve Energy smart plug is a fully enabled Thread device because it is plug into a socket and is on all the time so it can connect to other Thread devices to extend the network. It is a good idea to add some these to build up the Thread mesh network. Plug in some lamps, fans, and other non-smart device into the Eve Energy to make them smart.

There are two type of Thread devices. There are Full Thread Devices and Minimal Thread Devices. Full Thread Devices allows other thread enabled devices to connect to them. Full Thread Devices act as router and extends the Thread mesh network. These devices are always on. The more of these device on the network, the more extended and robust the network becomes.  Minimal Thread Devices are generally battery powered devices and can connect to Full Thread Devices or Thread Border Router (such as a HomePod Mini), but other Thread devices cannot connect to them thus Minimal Thread Devices do not extend the network. For example, Eve Weather is a Minimal Thread Device and is battery operated while the Eve Energy is a Full Thread Device and can route data from other Thread enabled devices connected to them.

Shop The Smart Thread Enabled Home Devices Below:

Eve Energy smart plugs and power meter

Eve Energy – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Plug & Power Meter With Built-In Schedules & Switches, Voice Control

Eve Energy - Apple HomeKit Smart Home Plug & Power Meter With Built-In Schedules & Switches, Voice Control
Eve Energy – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Plug & Power Meter With Built-In Schedules & Switches, Voice Control

Eve Weather

Eve Weather – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Outdoor Weather Sensor for Detecting & Tracking Temperature, Humidity, & Air Pressure

Eve Weather - Apple HomeKit Smart Home Outdoor Weather Sensor for Detecting & Tracking Temperature, Humidity, & Air Pressure
Eve Weather – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Outdoor Weather Sensor for Detecting & Tracking Temperature, Humidity, & Air Pressure

Eve Door And Weather Sensors

Eve Door & Window – Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy

Eve Door & Window - Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy
Eve Door & Window – Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy

Eve Aqua

Eve Aqua – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Water Controller For Sprinkler or Irrigation System, Create Schedules, Remote App Access

Eve Door & Window - Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy
Eve Door & Window – Wireless contact sensor with Apple HomeKit technology, Bluetooth Low Energy

Nanoleaf Essential A19

Nanoleaf Essential A19
Nanoleaf Essential A19

Nanoleaf Essential LED Lightstrip

Nanoleaf Essentials 80” Lightstrip Starter Kit
Nanoleaf Essentials 80” Lightstrip Starter Kit

HomePod Mini

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Buy HomePod mini
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Podcast: Episode 14-Cocktail Talk On Cablegram, Super Green Chino Hills State Park, Easter and Home Automating Air Purifiers

Our weekly Cocktail Talk is to break up from our daily work routine and have a casual talk over cocktails about everything that interests us. Today’s talk is our Episode 14. In today’s episode, we talk about Cablegram, super green Chino Hills State Park, Easter table setting and home automating air purifiers. You can check out the cocktail receipe and smart home technologies we mentioned in this episode below. So please enjoy!

Cocktail: Cablegram
2oz whiskey
1oz of lemon juice
Ginger Ale
Stevia

Glass: tumbler

Shop Tumblers We handpicked For You:

Waterford Crystal Mixology Argon Blue Tumbler, Set of 2

Blue Waterford Crystal Mixology Argon Blue Tumbler, Set of 2
Waterford Crystal Mixology Argon Blue Tumbler, Set of 2

Double Old Fashioned Crystal Glasses, Set of 6 Whiskey Glasses, Perfect for Serving Scotch, Cocktails, or Mixed Drinks. (New York) pattern

Double Old Fashioned Crystal Glasses, Set of 6 Whiskey Glasses, Perfect for Serving Scotch, Cocktails, or Mixed Drinks. (New York) pattern
Double Old Fashioned Crystal Glasses, Set of 6 Whiskey Glasses, Perfect for Serving Scotch, Cocktails, or Mixed Drinks. (New York) pattern

Waterford W Tumbler Set of 4 Mixed Colors

Waterford W Tumbler Set of 4 Mixed Colors
Waterford W Tumbler Set of 4 Mixed Colors

Wedgwood Vera Metropolitan Tumbler Pair

Wedgwood Vera Metropolitan Tumbler Pair
Wedgwood Vera Metropolitan Tumbler Pair
Wedgwood Vera Metropolitan Tumbler Pair
Wedgwood Vera Metropolitan Tumbler Pair

Shop The Smart Home Devices We hand Picked For You:

Eve Energy Plug
-Smart Plug.
-Schedules.
-Power meter.
-Connect via Thread or Bluetooth.
-Full Thread Device to extend Thread mesh network.

Eve Energy Strip – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Triple Outlet & Power Meter with Built-in Schedules


Eve Energy Strip - Apple HomeKit Smart Home Triple Outlet & Power Meter with Built-in Schedules

Eve Energy Strip – Apple HomeKit Smart Home Triple Outlet & Power Meter with Built-in Schedules

Eve Energy – Smart Plug & Power Meter with built-in schedules, switch a connected lamp or device on & off, voice control, no bridge necessary, Bluetooth Low Energy (Apple HomeKit)

Eve Energy - Smart Plug & Power Meter with built-in schedules, switch a connected lamp or device on & off, voice control, no bridge necessary,...
Eve Energy – Smart Plug & Power Meter with built-in schedules, switch a connected lamp or device on & off, voice control, no bridge necessary,…

Kaiterra Laser Egg+ Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor (Tracks PM2.5, Fine Dust, Chemicals (TVOCs), Temperature, and Humidity), IFTTT

Kaiterra Laser Egg+ Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor (Tracks PM2.5, Fine Dust, Chemicals (TVOCs), Temperature, and Humidity)

Kaiterra Laser Egg+ Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor (Tracks PM2.5, Fine Dust, Chemicals (TVOCs), Temperature, and Humidity)
Kaiterra Laser Egg+ Chemical: Indoor Air Quality Monitor (Tracks PM2.5, Fine Dust, Chemicals (TVOCs), Temperature, and Humidity)

IFTTT App

iHome iSP6 (no remote control)
smart plug.
IFTTT

iHome ISP6X Wi-FI Smart Plug , Use your voice to control connected devices, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit enabled smart speakers

iHome ISP6X Wi-FI Smart Plug , Use your voice to control connected devices, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit enabled smart speakers
iHome ISP6X Wi-FI Smart Plug , Use your voice to control connected devices, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit enabled smart speakers

Air Purifier:

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty

Coway AP-1512HH White HEPA Air Purifier, 16.8 x 18.3 x 9.6


Coway AP-1512HH White HEPA Air Purifier, 16.8 x 18.3 x 9.6

Coway AP-1512HH White HEPA Air Purifier, 16.8 x 18.3 x 9.6

Coway Airmega 200M

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode

Winix 5500-2

Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter

Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter

Winix AM90 or AM80HomePod Mini

Winix AM90 Wi-Fi Air Purifier, 360sq ft Room Capacity, Amazon Alexa and Dash Replenishment Enabled

Winix AM90 Wi-Fi Air Purifier, 360sq ft Room Capacity, Amazon Alexa and Dash Replenishment Enabled
Winix AM90 Wi-Fi Air Purifier, 360sq ft Room Capacity, Amazon Alexa and Dash Replenishment Enabled

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Benefits Of Using Apple HomePod Mini or Apple TV As A Home Hub for HomeKit Smart Devices

For those of us who have iPhones and iPad, We can do home automation with Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit is Apple’s framework for communication and control of smart home appliances and devices. This framework includes a Home app on iPhone, iPad and Macs allows users to easily discover and configure smart home devices. Once these devices are added to one’s home network, users can use the Home app to setup various actions, automation and using Siri commands to trigger various actions such as “turn on the bedroom lights” or set up time based ambience lighting to our circadian rhythm health. Last but not least, HomeKit allows users to add HomeKit enable devices from different vendors and mix devices from a variety of brands.

A home hub is a central device that controls, maintains the home automation, allows remote access (outside of the home) to allow user to control device when they are away from home, grant guests access privileges and setup automation.

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Podcast: Episode 8—Cocktail Talk

Our weekly Cocktail Talk is to break up from our daily work routine and have a talk over cocktails about everything that interests us. Today’s talk is our Episode 7. In today’s episode, we talk about home trends, (specially focus on home office), Cape Cod cocktail (see below recipe), new smart home technologies . We list the resources below. So please enjoy!

Cuba Libre (rum and coke)

2 oz light rum
Cola
garnish with lime wedge.

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Podcast: Episode 7—Cocktail Talk

Our weekly Cocktail Talk is to break up from our daily work routine and have a talk over cocktails about everthing that interests us. Today’s talk is our Episode 7. In today’s episode, we talk about home trends, (specially focus on home office), Cape Cod cocktail (see below receipe), new smart home technologies . We list the resources below. So please enjoy!

Cape Cod Cocktail Receipe: 2 oz vodka. Cranberry juice.

eufy Security, eufyCam 2C 2-Cam Kit, Wireless Home Security System with 180-Day Battery Life, HomeKit Compatibility, 1080p HD, IP67, Night Vision, No Monthly Fee

Mackie CR5-XBT Series 5″ Bluetooth Studio Monitors (Pair) with 2X Small Isolation Pad & 3′ REAN Stereo Breakout Cable Bundle

Logitech Circle View Weatherproof Wired Home Security Camera with Logitech TrueView Video, 180° Wide Angle, 1080p HD, Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Tilt for Privacy, Encrypted, Apple HomeKit Secure Video

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Podcast: Episod 5—Cocktail Talk

Our weekly Cocktail Talk is to break up from our daily work routine and have a talk over cocktails about everthing that interests us. Today’s talk is our Episod 5. In today’s episode, we talk about Jack & Cola cocktail–a traditional cocktail that is easy and fast to make. We also talk about how natural positively influences our life from outdoor activities like hiking to natural food and interior design. As usual, at the end of the episode, we talk about the new smart home technologies like remote-controlled diffusers that bring in aroma therapy to home and plugs that can remotely control lighting fixtures, your Christmas trees, fans and etc… We list the resources below. So please enjoy!

VOCOlinc Smart WiFi Aroma Diffuser Wireless Essential Oil (NOT included) Works with HomeKit Alexa Google 16 Million Colors Light Ultrasonic Adjustable Cool Mist Timer BPA-Free 300ml 2.4GHz FlowerBud

Wemo 43K-720-0224R Mini Smart Plug Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant & Apple HomeKit(F7C063-CC), 2-pack

WeMo 4T-T3X2-Y1HT plug in light and appliances control, 2 Pack, White

WeMo WiFi Smart Outdoor Plug – (WSP090), White

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Our Handpicked Cyber Monday Deals for Home

Hi, guys, check out Cyber Monday Deals for home We just handpicked for You(Click each image for the details). You don’t want to miss these deals! Having fun!

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Our Thanksgiving Celebration

The year of 2020 is definitely different from the other years and the same for the holiday celebration. We were able to have a small outdoor family get-together thanks to the beautiful sunny weather.

We love the holiday season because it is often the time to entertain with jewel tones, rich colors, textures and home-cooked food and wines.

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KHK Designs’ Holiday Gift Guide 2020 —Live Blog

Hi, guys! Our annual holiday gift guide is here. From Christmas tree ornaments, candles, candle holders, tabletop, plants, home decor and dinnerware…etc.We are putting together something quite special for the year of 2020 and we are living blogging our gift ideas right here on our blog. Please check back constantly for updates. Happy Black Friday Shopping!

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