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Know How

Hosted by Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

Get the know how to make technology work for you. Fr. Robert Ballecer shows you tech projects that you can do yourself and explains everything from tech basics to advanced techniques.

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Know How.. Show Archive:

KH 395: IoT for the Enterprise

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Thursday 16th August 2018

Bradley Chambers from 9to5Mac makes the case for HomeKit in the Enterprise and whether the Google Home smart assistant has a place in the classroom. Kevin Tofel talks about Android Things and the difference between Android and Google in the Enterprise. Plus, a police detective offers tips on creating DIY IoT security systems with Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT, and more. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Guests: Bradley Chambers and Kevin Tofel Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo. Sponsors: WordPress.com/knowhow ITPro.TV/knowhow - use the code KNOWHOW30


KH 394: IoT Security Cameras and Systems

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Thursday 9th August 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion talk about the best ways to secure your home with smart alarm systems, cameras, and locks. Florence reviews the Abode Essentials Starter Kit, the Ooma Home Security Kit, SimpliSafe Essentials, The Nest Secure, and others. Megan shows off the Ring Alarm System, TappLock, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security kit, the Amazon Cloud Cam, and others. Home Security SystemsSimpliSafe Essentials ($259.95)Abode Essentials Starter Kit ($279)Ooma Smart Home Security Kit ($179.99)Samsung SmartThings ADT Starter Kit ($299.99)Swann Smart Home Security System (Starts at $199)Nest Secure ($399)Honeywell Smart Home Starter Kit ($568.99)Honeywell Smart Home Base Station ($349)Ring Alarm Security Kit ($199)Cloud CamerasAmazon Cloud Cam ($119)Nest IQ Outdoor Cam ($349)Yi Dome Camera 1080p ($59.99)Wyze Cam Pan ($29.99)Ring Video Doorbell (Starts at $99)Nest Hello ($229)Smart Locks and Other Security DevicesElgato Eve Motion Sensor ($49.95)Netgear Arlo (Starts at $179.99)August...


KH 393: Lenovo Smart Display vs. Amazon Echo Show

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion compare the first smart home device with a screen that works with Google Assistant to the Amazon Echo Show. Answers to your questions about HomeKit, WeMo, Hue Lights, and Ecovac robot vacuums that have minds of their owns. Plus, Megan reviews a WTF IoT device for all the Star Trek fans in your life. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo. Sponsor: RING.COM/KnowHow


KH 392: Not-So-Smart Assistants

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Thursday 26th July 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion discuss the Google Home, the Echo Dot, the Echo Show, the Echo Plus, third-party speakers from Eufy and other smart speakers available for your home. Learn what they can and can't do and watch Florence program her Google Home with IFTTT to add more Zen to her life. Plus, how to make your Amazon Echo, Homepod, and Google Home more secure. And find out if you need a smart AC unit that you can control with your voice. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo.Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show. Sponsor: ITPro.TV/knowhow - use the code KNOWHOW30


KH 391: Smart Lights and Smart Plugs

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Thursday 19th July 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion tell you everything you need to know to get started with smart lights and smart plugs. Learn about wattage, voltage, and whether you need a hub or not. Plus, they get fancy with disco lighting you can control with your voice with the LifeX Strip, Philips Hue Bloom, and the new Nanoleaf remote. Smart Lights:LIFX A19 LED Bulb - $59.99Philips Hue - Starts at $14.99 (requires hub)STITCH by Monoprice Wireless Smart LED Bulb - $12.99BlissLights BlissBulb - $27.99Sengled Element Classic Bulb - $9.99LIFX Mini Natural Warm White Bulb - $24.99TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb - $34.98Ilumi Bluetooth Smart LED Bulb - $19.99Noon Home Lighting - Starts at $249.99LIFX Z LED Strip - $89.99Philips Hue Bloom - $59.99Nanoleaf Remote - $49.99Nanoleaf Light Panels Rhythm Edition - $229.99Smart Plugs:TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug - $24.99TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug w/ Energy Monitoring - $26.99STITCH by Monoprice Smart Plug - $12.99 Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion...


KH 390: Security and Privacy in IoT

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Thursday 12th July 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion talk to Stacey Higginbotham from Stacey on IoT and from The Internet of Things podcast about how to choose more secure IoT devices for your home. Also, the rising problems with the smart home and domestic abuse, and do you really need a WiFi connected essential oil diffuser? Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo.Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.


KH 389: Beginner's Guide to the Smart Home

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Thursday 5th July 2018

In this premier episode of the Know How...IoT, Megan Morrone and Florence Ion tell you everything you need to know to start filling your house with smart things. Megan offers her law of IoT -- No device shall create more problems than the problem it is intended to solve. Flo explains smart hubs, protocols, and what kind of Wi-Fi you might want to make your smart home run properly. Plus, a tour of both of their smart homes. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo.Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show. Sponsor: RING.COM/KnowHow


KH 388: 'Til We Meet Again

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Thursday 28th June 2018

After more than300 episodes together as the "Know How Bros" Padre and Cranky Hippo say goodbye to Know How 3.0 in the only way possible... by bringing back some of their favorite episodes! From testing the bacteria inside Bryan's ear, to creating home-made comets, to electrocuting the Hippo and messing with a Raspberry Pi arcade machine, this episode has a little of everything that you've loved about Know How for the past 6 years. Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Join our Google+ Community.Tweet at us at @PadreSJ and @Cranky_Hippo.Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.


KH 387: The Tech of Summer

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Thursday 21st June 2018

OnePlus 6, IOGear Travel Dock, Owl Cam, Anker Nebula Capsule, and more. Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Megan Morrone, and Jason Howell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/387


KH 386: Synology Madness - Part IV

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Thursday 14th June 2018

Create an OTA Network DVR. Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Jason Howell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/386


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