Hubs & Network

The key to a truly connected smart home lies in a seamless and reliable network.

Our Hubs & Network category covers everything you need to know about the leading smart home ecosystems such as Alexa, Google Home & Assistant, and Apple Homekit & Siri.

Learn about the benefits of wireless protocols like Zigbee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, Matter, and Thread, and how they work together to create a stable and flexible smart home network.

Find the perfect hub and network solutions that fit your unique needs.

A Guide to the Matter Standard


The process of establishing a smart home can appear intimidating and complex, particularly when it requires integrating devices from different producers. In addition, having smart devices dependent on a cloud server dramatically slows things down as well as poses numerous privacy and security risks. Matter has the potential to change all of that, by establishing a unified standard for device manufacturers to…

Smart Home Wi-Fi Guide: Optimizing Your Wireless Network in 2023

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Understanding Wi-Fi and Smart Homes: A Detailed Guide: The critical role of Wi-Fi in forming modern homes cannot be overlooked. The unparalleled dominance of Wi-Fi in the realm of wireless technology, particularly its capability to provide dependable connections for devices requiring significant bandwidth, is noteworthy. This includes applications across smart TVs and a variety of appliances such as media streaming instruments, home…

14 Fixes when your Google Home App can’t find Chromecast

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In my experience, Chromecast has proven to be a significantly noteworthy device. I’ve helped a number of friends and family set up their own devices. Even though the initial setup is quite simple, I often encounter issues when trying to establish a stable connection. This might occur when the Google Home app on my phone or tablet can’t find the Chromecast device…

A Guide to Thread Networks

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If you’re intrigued by high-tech home innovations, you might be familiar with the Matter standard. The main objective of this standard is to enhance the efficiency of smart home systems. This is accomplished by creating a multi-purpose application layer that can support a broad range of devices. Matter-over-Thread is a key element of this, designed for connecting low-power, low-data-rate applications together in…

Zigbee vs Thread: Which is Better?

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Embarking on a journey into the world of smart homes and unsure which technology to choose? You’re in the right spot! This piece offers a comprehensive comparison between Thread and Zigbee, both key players in the realm of smart home communication protocols. I discuss their key features, differences, and how they fit into the new, interoperable Matter standard.  By the end of…

Unlock the Future: 2024’s Ultimate Guide to Smart Home Ireland

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Looking into the recent smart home statistics from CSO in Ireland is certainly intriguing. Smart Home Statistics for Ireland With the global smart home market set to reach 120 billion dollars in 2021 with 15% year-on-year growth, there is plenty of headroom in the Irish market for expansion. Research by Strategy Analytics indicates by mid-2023, half of all households in Ireland will…