Video Doorbells that Fully Support HomeKit Secure Video
Reading Time: 2 minutes Since I rebooted Operation Gadget, I have promoted video doorbells that fully support HomeKit Secure Video (HKSV). They are an important security measure for a Smart Home in the Apple ecosystem. This is because the dominant video doorbells in the market are made by Ring, a subsidiary of Amazon.com. I discuss the problems with Ring’s […]
Were Ring Customers Victimized by a Ransomware Gang?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Joseph Cox at Motherboard reported that a ransomware gang claims to have broken into the cloud-based data compiled by Ring. Ring video doorbells and security products are commonly installed in Smart Homes that are compatible with Alexa. There is now some debate about whether the claim by the cyber gang behind the Alphv ransomware was […]
A Mesh WiFi Network is Important to Apple Home Success
Reading Time: 6 minutes In order to maximize the chance of great Apple Home performance, Operation Gadget recommends installing a high performance, Mesh WiFi Network. It’s amazing how many people start installing Video Doorbells, Smart Plugs, Smart Switches, Smart Thermostats, and Smart Speakers, but then experience problems with those devices intermittently failing to work when you try to use […]
Useful HomeKit Online Communities
Reading Time: 2 minutes In November 2020, we began automating our new home. I searched for online communities where discussions occurred about successes and failures regular folks had implementing HomeKit devices in their own homes. Reddit Reddit was a pretty hot place to look for user-generated content. So, I started looking for informative content there. Reddit was organized into […]