Smart Home

How-tos, reviews, and commentary on home networking, including NAS, HomeKit, and more.

How to do an automated Time Machine backup without an AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule

I’ve used Apple’s AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule for many years. The best part about their Time Capsule is how easy it’s been to automatically backup my MacBook Pro and iMac at home. Unfortunately, Apple is abandoning the development of their wireless routers. That means people will need to find a new solution for backing […]

Home Network Drive

The best home network drive for backups, video streaming and file sharing

Home networks typically have a WiFi access point and most of their files are handled offsite using a cloud drive. And if the homeowner is smart, they also use an online backup service to ensure they never lose precious family photos and documents. What’s usually missing is the ability to quickly share and store large […]

Home Network Drive

How families can manage their ebooks with multiple Kindles and devices

Amazon doesn't provide a way for us to hide or control access to these books, which led us to find our own workaround.

What Formats Does Kindle Support?

Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite e-ink readers I’m about to receive my new Kindle in the mail, and I stumbled across an ebook with the .lit format. I wanted to download it, but I first needed to verify that the Kindle DX supports it. It ends up that it doesn’t. After doing some research, I found […]

Kindle Reader