Harry Guinness

About the author

Harry Guinness is an Irish freelance writer and photographer. He spends his time either at home in Ireland, in the French Alps skiing, or avoiding everything in Parts Unknown. His writings have been published in The New York Times, Popular Science, Lifehacker, and dozens of other places.

What’s New in Smart Lighting?

Smart lighting increases your home security, saves energy and adds ambiance. And given it’s one of the easiest ways to add smart technology to your home, you might have started with it. Smart home technology changes constantly, so it could be time to take a look at some easy

What Internet Cookies Should I Accept?

Almost every time you visit a website you will get some kind of pop-up or banner asking you to accept cookies or telling you what cookies are used. But what should you do? Just click accept? Decline them all? Or ignore the pop-up and browse on? Let’s take a

How To Make Your Home A Smart Home

Even if your house was built in the 1800s, you can still make your home a smart home with voice-activated lights, a whole-home audio system and all the cool smart home features you want. Smart speakers, smart lights and all the other clever smart home devices available now generally

When To Use 5GHz on Your Router

Wi-Fi relies on radio waves to connect your devices to the internet. Those radio waves typically operate at one of two frequencies: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. While your router almost certainly has a 2.4GHz network set up, it might not have the 5GHz channel active. If this is the case,

How Does Wi-Fi Work?

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to connect your devices to the internet wirelessly. It’s what allows you to use your smart TV to watch Netflix or your laptop to make video calls without needing a cable between your device and your router. Let’s look a little deeper at how it

How AI Can Help You Work Better From Home

Whether you run a small business, work remotely for an employer or freelance, working from home comes with some challenges. You can’t walk over to coworkers and bounce ideas off each other, you have to really stay on top of your schedule and everything happens online. The latest generation

Do Older Devices Slow Down Your Wi-Fi?

If you’ve already done everything you can to set up a lightning fast Wi-Fi network, including getting the newest router, there’s one other thing to consider: older devices. A smartphone, smart home device or computer connecting to your network's router using an outdated Wi-Fi standard can slow down your

What’s the Difference Between MR, AR and VR?

Virtuality reality, augmented reality and mixed reality are three related concepts that all rely on similar technologies. In fact, you can think of them as different points on the continuum between the physical world and a fully digital space. Virtual reality is the sci-fi idea of putting on a

New Smart Home Hubs Are Emerging

Smart homes aren’t some futuristic fantasy—they're here. Right now, you can build an awesome smart home with lights that come on with a voice command, smart security cameras that beam footage to your smartphone, smart locks that tell you when your door is open and so much more. At

How To Connect Your 5 Gig the Right Way

5 Gig service is among the fastest residential fiber internet speeds you can get. But if your home network and devices aren’t set up for it, you won’t see those lightning fast speeds. Here’s how to connect your devices to your 5 Gig internet service—the right way. And get