WWDC 2019: All the HomeKit Related Little Things

HomeKit at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference made a surprise appearance during the keynote address today, and while cameras and routers were the stars of the show, there were quite a few “little” things that went under the radar. Here’s the breakdown of what we have found so far: Contextual based HomeKit actions have been added to CarPlay. An example shown was an icon depicting … Continue reading WWDC 2019: All the HomeKit Related Little Things

How to Create an Irrigation Schedule with Automations

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Last summer, a few of HomeKit’s first irrigation based devices hit the scene, and we were definitely excited to get our hands on one. During our review, we found the Eve Aqua to be a handy way to keep up with our watering needs. However, we … Continue reading How to Create an Irrigation Schedule with Automations

How to Set The Default Speed of a Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch With Automations

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Now that Spring has arrived in the United States and temperatures are warming up, many people, myself included, turn to ceiling fans to help keep their cool. Prior to the recent release of Lutron’s Caseta Wireless Speed Control Switch, the only way to control HomeKit fan … Continue reading How to Set The Default Speed of a Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch With Automations

How to Create a Temperature Based Automation

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Temperature based automations, such as the ability to trigger a fan to turn on when a room’s temperature rises above 75 degrees, is one of the most used arguments in favor of starting a smart home. Unfortunately, for some odd reason, the native iOS Home App … Continue reading How to Create a Temperature Based Automation

How to Create a Simple Alarm/Siren with Automations

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. When it comes to the smart home, there are two things that are pretty much synonymous with the technologies involved, automation and security. Unfortunately, on the HomeKit front, there is only one current security solution on the market, the Honeywell Lyric Controller, and its associated accessories. … Continue reading How to Create a Simple Alarm/Siren with Automations

How to Control “Secure” Devices without Authentication

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Smart Locks and Garage Door Controllers, both extremely useful devices in the smart home, can sometimes be, well, not so useful due to restrictions built into HomeKit. These device types are classifed as “secure devices”, which will only allow them to be toggled with passcode or … Continue reading How to Control “Secure” Devices without Authentication

How to Set An Alternate Icon For Devices & Scenes in the Home App

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Have lots of HomeKit devices or Scenes within your Home and are looking for a quick way to distinguish between them? Some device types in the Home App can be assigned a different icon, from a limited selection provided by Apple. Here’s How: For Lighting Devices … Continue reading How to Set An Alternate Icon For Devices & Scenes in the Home App