A Very Connected Christmas

Holiday decorations can be one of the most exciting parts of the holiday season, but seeing trees and houses lit up against the snow comes with its drawbacks. Nobody likes the hassle of hidden switches and plugs which can only be accessed by crawling, or going out in the cold.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet offers the perfect solution to this inconvenience. This HomeKit-enabled smart plug allows the user to turn off whatever is plugged in from the most convenient location. Whether you forgot to turn them off on the way out the door or simply want to avoid the uncomfortable nuisance of turning them off, the Smart Outlet fits all cases.

The user can even set timers for their lights and monitor the power usage of more dazzling arrangements. Order a Smart Outlet today to experience some good cheer in comfort and style.

Happy Holidays!

ConnectSense Device Quick Start

In order to set up your ConnectSense device, you need to first set up an account by going to the website www.connectsense.com/setup. Once you have reached the homepage you need to login. If you do not have an account, you can create one by following the steps below. If you already have an account you can continue the setup process and skip the following steps:

  1. Click on the “Register Now” button.
  2. Fill out all of the required account information and hit “Register” at the bottom of the page. You will then receive an account conformation email.
  3. Once you receive the conformation email, click on the “Confirm Account” button in the email and it will automatically sign you in.

Once you are logged into the ConnectSense setup page you can begin to configure your device. The first thing you need to do is select “Add New Device.” The easiest way to do so is through USB; select the option that says “Via USB.” This will bring up a page that says, “Leave this window open and connect your USB device now.” In order to hook up the ConnectSense device to your computer, please follow the instructions below:

  1. The first part of this process involves connecting the sensor into the sensor port. If the front of the device is facing you, the sensor port is the furthest left and largest port on the device.
  2.  Establish the USB connection with your computer by plugging in the Type-A USB end of the chord (larger end) into the respective port on your computer and the Mini-B USB end (smaller end) into the smaller and furthest right port on the front of your ConnectSense device. You should see the green light blink on the front of the device after connecting the USB cable.

After you have established the connection, leave the window open on your browser until it redirects you to a page titled “Wi-Fi Info.” From here you have to enter your Wi-Fi SSID (network name) into the indicated box and the Wi-Fi channel into its indicated box. If you are unsure of what Wi-Fi channel your SSID uses, check your routers configuration.

The next step is setting up the security settings on its respective page. You can enter the security type and encryption type by clicking on the dropdown menus provided. Next, simply enter the password into the box titled “WPA Key.” The next page you will be brought to is titled “IP Address.” For this page, there is only one dropdown box in which you should select the option “DHCP” or “Static.”

The following page titled “Connect” is for you to verify your settings, click the “Connect” button if you are pleased with the displayed settings. While it is connecting it will display the status of what it is doing. When the device is finished connecting you will see the word “connected” appear and you will be redirected to a new page to configure your device’s settings.

Once the device is connected you can begin to adjust its settings. For example, you can adjust things such as the name, location, and polling interval for your ConnectSense device. After you have your desired settings, hit the “Save Settings” button at the bottom of the screen and it will bring you to the sensor page for the device. If you click on the “Sensors” button at the top of the screen you can see previous sensors that you have set up. If you wish to set up other device simply follow this process again.

View the video below for visual step-by-step instructions. 

ConnectSense Wi-Fi Setup

In order to set up your ConnectSense device, you first need to set up an account by going to the website www.connectsense.com/setup. Once you have reached the homepage you need to login. If you do not have an account, you can create one by following the steps below. If you already have an account you can continue the setup process and skip the following steps:

  1. Click on the “Register Now” button.
  2. Fill out all of the required account information and hit “Register” at the bottom of the page. You will then receive an account conformation email.
  3. Once you receive the conformation email, click on the “Confirm Account” button in the email and it will automatically sign you in.

Once you are logged into the ConnectSense setup page you can begin to configure your device. The first thing you need to do is select “Add New Device,” when it redirects you to the next page, begin to configure your device by clicking the “Via Wi-Fi” option. At this point you need to join the ConnectSense’s network.

If you return to the browser and leave the window open it will automatically redirect you to a new page titled “Wi-Fi Info.” From here you have to enter your Wi-Fi SSID (network name) into the indicated box and the Wi-Fi channel into its indicated box. If you are unsure of what Wi-Fi channel your SSID uses, check your routers configuration.

The next step is setting up the security settings on its respective page. You can enter the security type and encryption type by clicking on the dropdown menus provided. Next, simply enter the password into the box titled “WPA Key.” The next page you will be brought to is titled “IP Address.” For this page, there is only one dropdown box in which you should select the option “DHCP” or “Static.”

The page titled “Connect” is for you to verify that your settings are lined up with your access point; click the “Connect” button if you are pleased with the displayed settings. The website will ask you to wait about 45 seconds while the device is connecting. Once it is complete you will be redirected to a new page to configure your device’s settings.

After the device is connected you can begin to adjust its settings. For example, you can adjust things such as the name, location, and polling interval for your ConnectSense device. Once you have your desired settings, hit the “Save Settings” button at the bottom of the screen and it will bring you to the sensor page for the device. If you click on the “Sensors” button at the top of the screen you can see previous sensors that you have set up. If you wish to set up other device simply follow this process again.

View the video below for visual step-by-step instructions.

It's Not Too Late! Get Dad a Smart Outlet TODAY!

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show dad how special he is, but finding a gift that he will love is hard. Thankfully, for those dads who enjoy the latest and greatest technology available, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet is the perfect present for helping him create a functional smart home.

The Smart Outlet allows dad to control and monitor power usage with ease from his iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch. This ConnectSense product is seamlessly integrated with Apple HomeKit, making it possible to control lights, the thermostat, fans, and many more of dad’s devices all from one app on his mobile device. The free ConnectSense app also utilizes Siri voice commands, making it extremely easy to control the outlet. This wirelessly-enabled device works with the Wi-Fi network that dad already has at home. The device comes with two electrical outlets that can be controlled and monitored separately with the ConnectSense app. The amount of power and control the Smart Outlet will give dad over his home makes this device a fantastic gift.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is only $79.95, making it an affordable gift option as a smart home device. This is a great product to help dad create the ultimate smart home.

 

 

How to Use Scenes in Apple HomeKit

The ability to create scenes is one of Apple HomeKit’s most powerful features. When you are getting started with HomeKit, setting up scenes is going to be one of the first things you do. Scenes are a great way to control the state of one device, or even multiple devices, all at once.

After you set up a scene, you can then control it using Siri voice commands. There are four built-in scenes, but you also have the ability to create custom Scenes within HomeKit. The four default scenes within iOS 9 are “Good Morning,” “Good Night,” “I’m Home,” and “I’m Leaving.”

Let’s walk through setting up the “Good Morning” scene as an example. If you want a cup of coffee in the morning, you can select your coffee pot, and turn it on. If you want your house a little bit warmer in the morning, you can select the thermostat and set the temperature to something like 70 degrees. In order to finalize the changes you made, click the “Save” button in the top right corner of the screen. This scene can be activated by clicking on the “Scenes” menu in the ConnectSense app by clicking the “Activate” button.

Another way to activate the scene can be through Siri voice control by saying “Good morning Siri.” Siri would then proceed to activate the scene and begin adjusting the thermostat and turn on the coffee maker.

Now that you know how to set up scenes in HomeKit, what do you want to automate using scenes? Comment below!

Scenes are one of the most powerful features of Apple HomeKit... but how do you use them? In this episode, Adam Justice of ConnectSense shows you how to set up scenes in your home using the ConnectSense app and then activating them using the touch of a finger or Siri voice control.