Home Automation

HDMI Extenders. Grrrrr….

One of my pet hates in life is seeing boxes under TV’s, they always look so untidy. Unfortunately my efforts to use the Xbox One have been pretty poor of late. My Xbox is in the spare room, and the xbox inhabits the wardrobe, i’ve tried a number of devices from cheap to expensive, and its defintely yet again a case of spending the right money to get the right kit. I started out using an HD Anywhere Extend 2k […]

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Home Automation

New Tool

Part of the tidying up of the house has been about moving the loxone kit to more useful positions, today was the turn of the NFC touchpad, previously i’ve had it mounted on a surface mount box which still involved the unit wobbling as you pressed buttons on it, it didn’t look particularly nice either. Finally decided to use one of the loxone Euro style back boxes. I don’t do a lot of the physical installs, that’s what I have […]


Cheap Charts – Find Bargains on the Itunes store

Recently we’ve started buying movies from the Itunes store. One thing I’ve noticed is that it’s easy to miss the keenly priced films, that is until I discovered an app called Cheapcharts, someone, somewhere is monitoring the store for media that’s either on offer, or price reduced. Whilst i’ve used Cheapcharts for movie purchases, they also list books, audiobooks, apps, music and TV shows in the app itself, you can also view the same deals plus Mac apps from their […]


Loxone IR Air Control

Hard to believe that this module is now 4 years old, i was one of the fools who invested in the originaly IR Module, which I have to admit caused us no end of problems Back in 2014 when we first installed my system, we managed to blow up 2 mini-servers in day by wiring the IR Module incorrectly. 24volt accross the inputs on the mini-server really didnt go down to well, and produced a not inconsiderable amount of smoke […]


Home / Small Business Wifi

I’m a big fan of Meraki wifi, with a great range of what I would class high end wi-fi products. Its a hard sell to most businesses and even more so to potential or existing smart home customers. Until now i’ve been installing the Unifi range of products for customers as it ticks a lot of boxes for the price, but i’ve never been truly happy with it. I was excited to hear about a new Meraki product family called […]

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Home Automation

Upgrade Time!

With last weeks installation of Sky Q, I finally decided to take advantage of the HD Anywhere Black Friday pricing, and ordered an MHub 4k Pro 4×4. The price was incredibly reasonable, and it looks to be a very good upgrade from my old MHub 4k 4×3+1, I especially love the LCD screen on the front, which makes it look far more up-market. I went for a Saturday morning delivery, giving me plenty of time to install without being interrupted […]

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Apple Fatigue

Normally I love Apple products, but of late I think I am getting tired of the mediocre updates they make to products, for which they extract maximum pricing for. I upgraded from the iPhone 7 to the X several months after it was released and I love the phone, but I can’t find a reason to upgrade to the XS, even giving the X to my wife and picking up a new XS for myself doesn’t hold any appeal. My […]


Winter’s here… first Loxone casualty.

Well winter has pretty much arrived, as has Loxone version 10 and the enhanced app with notifications of system problems. We’ve finally turned on the heating, and one of our Air valves has died on us, it still makes all the right noises, and appears to work, but has been reporting that there is no valve present.  To be fair, since we bought it, its not been 100% right, but it was only in our conservatory so we didnt really […]

Sky Q

Sky Q here we come.

Well its been more than 3 years since we had any form of subscription TV, we’ve used what we saved over paying the mortgage each month, but the time has come to to go back to Sky. Our primary reason for giving up Sky was our monthly subscription was hovering around the £80 per month, which I thought was a little too mucb. Many of my customers have been singing the praises of Sky Q, so we took a look […]

Home Automation

Raspberry Pi & Smart Homes

For some time now I’ve been integrating Raspberry Pi’s with my Loxone system, for the price they are unbeatable, for less than £50 we have a full blown computer which uses minute amounts of power and can do so much. Currently I have 2 Pi’s integrated into the system one of which enables the Loxone to play a track to the Sonos devices around the house mimicking the functionality of the Loxone music server, for doorbells and alarms. The other […]