Steve’s Home Networking and Home Automation Guide

stevessmarthomeJust like our phones, our home are becoming smart. To make them smart they are being fitted with:

  • smart switches
  • smart lights
  • smart Locks
  • etc

These once normal household devices are being made smart by connecting them together over a network, and then to the Internet.

Because most Homes built today aren’t smart they will be made smart incrementally,by adding smart devices to solve present day problems

Perhaps you might need to install a security system, so you install a smart security system. Later you want to integrate it with your lights so you install a smart lighting system.

In order to do this you will need a basic understanding of networking and how, or if, they can be connected to each other.

About This Site

The aim of this site is help you learn and understand:

  • Home Networking basics
  • How these smart devices connect to each other and how they work.
  • Understand the technologies and protocols found in a smart home.
  • Solve common home automation problems
  • Create home automation programs. e.g skills

Getting Started

In order to build a smart home you will need to understanding how to setup a home network and how it works. -See Smart Home Networking

Follow my progress as I slowly convert my home into a smart home. – Making a Smart Home

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If you have any questions please ask

Best Regards Steve

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Understanding DHCP on Home Networks

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It consists of two components.

  • A DHCP client
  • A DHCP server


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Using The Ping Command – Home Networking Testing

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You can use the ping command to test the availability of a networking device (usually a computer) on a network.

When you ping a device you send that device a short message, which it then sends back (the echo). (more…)

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Basic Home Network And Internet Components, Devices and Services

An Internet connected home/home office network, consists of a variety of hardware and software components.

In this tutorial we look at the various components that you need to create a computer network and connect it to the Internet.

The technologies, components and services used in small home networks are the same (function wise) as those used in large corporate networks.


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Troubleshooting Home Network and Internet Connection Problems

troubleshoot-problemsYou will at some time or another experience problems with your Internet connection. Like

  • Can’t connect to a particular website
  • Can’t access email
  • Internet Connection appears slow
  • No Internet connection

In order to troubleshoot and fix the problem you you will need an understanding of how the devices you are using normally connect to the Internet. (more…)

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10 Useful Windows Networking Commands

windows-commandWindows has some very useful networking utilities that are accessed from a command line (cmd console).

On Windows 10 type cmd in the search box to open a command console.


The networking commands are mainly used for getting system information and troubleshooting networking problems.

Here we look at the 10 commands that I use most often. (more…)

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