Recover from a Smart Home Hub Failure

Dec 5, 2017 by

What do you do when a smart home loses its mind? The smart home hubs available today are inexpensive electronic appliances with lots of components that can—and at some point likely will—fail. So how do you recover from that?

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Create Custom, Natural Language Alexa Commands with Routines

Oct 30, 2017 by

Amazon adds the ability to create custom commands for Alexa by defining routines. Like most things in the Alexa app, the implementation is sloppy, but the potential is there.

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Monitor Your Garage Doors with Insteon

Sep 22, 2015 by

Is your garage door open? Would you know? In this DIY smarthome project, Richard uses Insteon devices to monitor and notify him when his garage doors open or close.

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Extending Your Wireless Network

May 27, 2015 by

It is often a struggle setting up a wireless network that spans over multiple access points, or simply adding an access point to your existing network. If your access points are not setup correctly, you may actually decrease the performance of your network. With the right settings and better understanding of they work, you will be able to get the maximum performance out of your wireless network.

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How to Set up the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q with Xbox One

May 18, 2015 by

Microsoft will soon support the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q with the Xbox One for live TV in North America. In this video we show you how to set it up alongside an additional device in the console's HDMI input.

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Booting into Windows Media Center in Windows 8.1

Sep 19, 2013 by

While Microsoft seemed to do all they could to keep us from using Windows 8 as a home theater PC, we've found it much easier to make a Windows 8.1 PC boot right into Windows Media Center!

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Controlling Google TV from your Android Device

Sep 18, 2013 by

Google TV had a slow start, but now they can be had for under $100. Combine that with the ability to control them with an Android phone or tablet and you've got a compelling experience. We walk you through setting it all up.

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Windows Media Center Command Line Options

Aug 31, 2013 by

Everyone who has a Windows Media Center home theater PC sitting under the TV probably knows that it can be launched on boot. What you may not know is that there's a bunch of slightly hidden launch modes—all accessible via command line options. The utility of these options is a bit nebulous, but there is some neat stuff in here.

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[UPDATED:] Using Pandora on an HTPC [Blocked]

Jun 13, 2013 by

Pandora recently released an HTML 10-foot interface for the Xbox 360. While it's not intended to work on other devices just yet, we have a workaround that will let you (finally) add Pandora to your home theater PC!

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Media Center Quick Tip – Disabling Channels in your Guide

May 1, 2013 by

It's easier than you might think to remove individual channels from your Media Center guide. No settings screens required!

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Media Center Quick Tip – View Your iCloud Photo Stream in Media Center...

Feb 8, 2013 by

It's a little known fact that Windows users can enjoy the benefits of Apple's Photo Stream and iCloud. In this quick tip, we'll show you how to add Photo Stream to your Windows Media Center experience.

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Tweak Everything in Windows 8

Jan 1, 2013 by

If your New Year's resolution is to whip your home theater PC into shape, you're going to love this tip. This old easter egg gives Windows 8 users easy access to all settings in one folder.

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