Smart Home Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals (Best of 2018)

It is almost the best weekend of the year. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up it’s time to find the best Smart Home deals for this year. Your Smart Home is never finished, so this weekend is the best time to buy some new Smart Home gear for your house with a huge discount. I will update this…

Howto make your Outdoor Landscape Lighting Smart

If you have read my blog before you probably know that I have a decent amount of smart products in and around my house. Pretty much all the indoor lights are Smart, but one thing still on my todo list was Smart Outdoor Landscape Lighting. The “problem” with outdoor landscape lighting is that, with the most light armatures, you can’t…

Best Home Automation Ideas

Once you start with automating your home and you see the benefits of it you quickly want to do more, but what? The possibilities with home automation are pretty much endless so to help you get started I put together a list with some of the best home automation ideas. This list is created based on my own Smart Home and…

How I scared my babysitter with my Smart Home

Building your Smart Home is fun, every week I add new functions, making it smarter. Now our Smart Home behaviour is really based on the presence me and my wife. Which is working great and also saved me already a lot of money on the energy bill. But the problem with automation or programming, in general, is that you have…

Best Smart Thermostat on Amazon (2018 review)

A smart thermostat, the only smart device that can earn it’s purchase back with saving money on your energy bill. It’s 2018 and I can’t imagine that people still buy dumb thermostats. These thermostats maybe cheap when you buy them, but you will lose money every year while heating your house when you are not at home. I bought a…

Reset Unifi AP to factory Defaults

I also work for a construction company and on the constructions sites, we use Unifi Access points. Sometimes if they get back they won’t connect to the controller anymore. Now you can reset them by holding the reset pin for 10 seconds. But this week I had one, a Unifi AC Pro, that I just couldn’t reset. Now I know…

Using Z Wave Motion Sensors in and around your house

If you start creating your Smart Home one thing you probably want to add are Smart Motion Sensors. If you already have a controller then adding motion sensors is a really easy way to create a security system. But you can do so much more with them besides triggering an alarm when they detect motion. And the great thing with…

Smart home design

I am an IT guy, and hence the name of my blog, LazyAdmin, I like to automate as much of the boring daily tasks as I can. So that is what I did with my home. In this post, I will try to help you get started designing your own Smart Home. Where should you start, what do you need…

Updating Unifi Controller on Raspberry Pi

It’s important to keep your network product up-to-date. Most new firmware releases contain bug fixes, performance improvements and may contain support new technology/protocols. The Unifi Controller software is one of the most important parts of the Unifi network, so check regularly if there is a new firmware release. Or even better, signup for the newsletter, I will drop you an email…

Best Home Network Setup

As an IT Admin I get a lot of questions about people’s home network. What is the best home network router? How do I optimize my wireless network? Which network switch should I buy? And I completely understand, these days there are some many products and the technology keeps improving (wireless B/G/N or AC? or 2.4ghz or 5ghz?) In this…