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Insignia TV Keeps Turning Off? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Modern TVs are generally low-maintenance, better looking, and more reliable than ever before. However, even some of the best TV brands on the market, such as Insignia, are prone to confusing errors. So, what does it mean when your Insignia TV keeps turning off?

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Xfinity Modem Blinking Green? Do This!

Comcast and Xfinity are the top most popular internet providers in the country. They have professionals that show up and a 24-hour help service line. But what happens if your modem starts acting up and blinks green?

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Nest Says It's Heating But It's Not? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

It’s hard to imagine a world without smart thermostats now that we’ve had them for several years. The Nest thermostat is among the best on the market because it is easy to program and maintain, but even it can be confusing. So, what does it mean when a Nest says it’s heating but it’s not?

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Is Your Luxpro Thermostat Not Working? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Thermostats have come a long way in a relatively short time. Central air itself is still a relatively new invention in the grand scheme of things. The way that we control the settings have changed throughout the years, with smart thermostats currently being the best option out there.

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Ecobee Is Blowing Cold Air Instead Of Hot? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

For as smart as they are, smart thermostats occasionally do some silly things. Ecobee users noticed their thermostats sometimes blew cold air instead of hot air. When you’re expecting heat on a chilly day, cold air is most unwelcome. So, why does this happen?

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Is There An Orange Data Light On A Xfinity Cable Box?

Life is good until our Internet or cable, or both stop working. Yes, we know, that is your life. And in today’s world, that isn’t so far from the truth. For many of us it is our connection to work, to each other, how we shop, how we pay, oh no, the bills! Don’t worry, for every  TV and cable problem, there is a solution. Even for that orange data light on the Xfinity cable box.

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Can Alexa Play SoundCloud? (Find Out Now!)

The convenience of smart home technology has taken the world of home design by storm. Often, the first smart home technology that many households adopt are smart speakers with AI assistants like Alexa. These small, yet powerful devices can answer your questions, set timers, and more. Most importantly, they can easily play your favorite music on command.

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Sony TV Blinking Red Light 6 Times? (Possible Causes and Fixes)

The Sony TV blinking a red light 6 times is usually an indication of error. While there are many possible causes and fixes, some require the user to be more technically inclined than others.

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SimpliSafe Flashing Blue? (We Have a Fix!)

You have made the decision to get a home security system. There are plenty of options out there but which one do you go with? In the end, you have chosen SimpliSafe for their reputation and comprehensive offerings.

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Emerson TV Won't Turn On And Red Light Blinks? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Ah, the dreaded error blink code- you hate to see it but can’t avoid it. Most Emerson TVs are easy to use and dependable; however, sometimes, they won’t turn on and blink red. Why does this happen, and what are your options?

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Why Is My SimpliSafe Key Fob Not Working? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

The SimpliSafe brand offers a wide variety of high-quality home security products, including smoke detectors, flood indicators, and alarm systems. Their equipment features innovative smart technology that’s designed to enhance user control in an easy and discreet way.

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Wink Hub Won't Connect to Wi-Fi? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

The Wink Hub is a genius piece of smart home technology. This smart hub router syncs up with other smart home appliances on your Wi-Fi network. It streamlines your ability to talk to all compatible smart home equipment through one device. Using the Wink App, you can control all connected appliances with voice or touch.

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Google Home Routines Not Working? (We Have a Fix!)

If you have a Google Assistant, you can utilize routines to make your day-to-day life easier. In fact, 72% of people who own voice-activated technology say that it is an integral part of their daily routine.

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Why Does My Vizio TV Keep Changing Input? (Find Out Why!)

In today’s world, there are so many different devices to plug into your Vizio TV. Many people have an Xbox or PlayStation they use via an HDMI port. So, how do you stop your Vizio TV from constantly changing inputs?

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Why Is My Honeywell Thermostat Display Blank? (Find Out Now!)

 It doesn’t take long to tell a difference in the temperature of your home. Maybe you noticed your home wasn’t as comfortable as usual and discovered a blank display screen. If this is the case, you’ll want to diagnose the problem quickly.

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Iris Vs. Nest Thermostats: What Are The Major Differences?

About 90% of all households in the United States have a heating and air conditioning system, which makes it one of the most popular—and essential—pieces of home equipment. That makes thermostats a hot commodity, too, as they play an important role in making sure your HVAC system runs properly.

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Alexa Not Discovering Hue Lights? (We Have a Fix!)

Alexa is one of the most popular smart home hub services in the world, with thousands upon thousands of different products being made for use with it. Hue is one of the most popular smart light series in the world, and of course, it’s designed by Philips. Having owned Hue bulbs, I can tell you that they can be pretty hard to pair with Alexa.

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Ring Doorbell Not Connecting To Wi-Fi? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

A Ring doorbell acts as both a doorbell and a security device for homes and business properties. It allows you to see who is at the door and speak to them, too. You can accomplish all of this and more even when you’re away from home all through the Ring app. However, to make all this happen, your device must be connected to a secure Wi-Fi network.

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Ring Doorbell Screw Stripped? (We Have a Fix!)

Ring doorbells are great, and are some of the easiest smart home security systems to install. Unfortunately, things can happen that can screw you out of a good installation session. One of the worst things that you can have happen is a stripped screw that’s either stuck to your doorbell or that came with your install package. So, what can you do?

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Vizio TV Keeps Turning Off After a Few Seconds? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

There’s nothing worse than when your Vizio TV keeps turning off after a few seconds in the middle of Monday Night Football. It’s time to get to the bottom of this before you lose your cool.

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Magnavox Remote Isn't Working? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Magnavox universal remotes simplify your life by combining controls for all of your audio-visual equipment in a single device. As convenient as this is, when the remote stops working, things get a bit complicated. You have to juggle individual remotes or manually adjust each piece of equipment.

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Vizio TV Stuck On Wide Mode? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Unlike old TVs with one aspect ratio available, Vizio TVs offer you several options for viewing programs at the best aspect ratio. Most times, your Vizio TV adjusts the display’s aspect ratio for the best with the program you watch. However, you may experience your Vizio TV getting stuck in the Wide Mode aspect ratio.

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Ring Light Flashing Blue When Charging? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Ring doorbells have made countless homeowners feel safer and gain peace of mind. They require little to no maintenance and work reliably, although certain aspects can be confusing. So, what does a Ring light flashing blue when charging mean?

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Vizio TV Volume Fades In and Out? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

One of the most commonly praised aspects of  Vizio TVs is the experience they offer. From excellent picture screen quality to great sound quality, Vizio TVs have found a home in homes all across the country.

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Can You Change The Ring Doorbell Sound Outside? (Find Out Now!)

Ring’s surveillance doorbell is a nice system that gives us a sense of safety and watches over our houses even while we are gone. We can see what’s going at our front door from the Ring app on our phone. Still, one of the mysteries of this piece of technology is the ring tone of the outside doorbell. We hear it play outside, but can we customize the chime?

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Time Warner Cable Box Says L-8? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Every  cable box has some type of minor variation, from its appearance to how they operate. One example of this is the boot process. Some cable box panels will have lettering and number sequences. The Time Warner Cable box, for example, uses an L- numeric series to indicate and reflect the cable box booting process.

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Alexa Device Is Unresponsive? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Alexa devices have become a staple of modern households, and it’s hard to imagine a world without them. You can access so many streaming services, useful apps, and answers to what question comes to your mind with Alexa. While Alexa devices are generally reliable and useful tools, they don’t always perform as we’d like them to.

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Samsung TV Won't Turn On After Power Outage? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

In the United States, we are blessed with a very stable power grid. However, there are times when anyone can suffer a power outage. The sudden loss of power can have a devastating effect on sensitive electronic equipment. Often, this can result in a Samsung TV that won’t turn on after a power outage.

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5 Ways To Solve Red Globe On Verizon Router

Verizon is a great service provider, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always be free of problems when it comes to their internet. There are many things that can happen when you have hardware or wireless service involved, which is why there are indicator lights on the router and modem. But what if there is a red globe on your Verizon router? How do you fix it?

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Can Smart Bulbs Be Used In Any Lamp?

Countless homeowners will do anything to update their technology and appliances. Smart technology has crept into every aspect of the home, and that includes lighting fixtures. So, can smart bulbs be used in any lamp?

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DirecTV Keeps Freezing? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

DirecTV is a popular satellite TV service that offers more than 240 channels in most areas. A big downside of DirecTV, though, is that it sometimes it freezes.

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Schlage Lock Blinking Red? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Schlage locks are a great security product for both residential and commercial use, but they have the occasional hiccup that results in red blinking. Learning what causes this is the first step in finding a solution

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Single Pole Vs. Double Pole Thermostat: What Are The Major Differences?

Thermostat shopping is a rough time, especially if you are not used to talking about HVACs. There are a lot of ways that shopping can go wrong. Sometimes, it’s not even a matter of shopping. Rather, it’s hard to figure out what type of thermostat you have. Knowing whether you have a single or double pole thermostat can help you out a lot. Let’s discuss what buyers should know.

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Why Is My Verizon Router Yellow? (8 Things to Check & Fix)

Seeing a yellow light on your Verizon router may seem like the start of a long, complicated issue, but the truth is it’s a pretty straight forward fix. The loss of internet connection on a router can really only be caused by a few different things. Typically, it will either be a problem with your internet service or the router itself.

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Ring Video Doorbell Keeps Ringing? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Frequent ringing is a common complaint with Ring Video Doorbell owners. There are two ways in which the Ring doorbell may keep ringing, or ring too frequently. In the first case, the Ring itself is constantly sending alerts, even false alerts. In the second case, the house door chime keeps ringing when the Ring Video Doorbell is hooked up to it.

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Samsung TV Top Half Screen Is Darker? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Samsung TVs have a good reputation for the quality and clarity of the images on their TV screens. However, like any electronic device, the complicated systems in these Samsung TVs are subject to problems. One common problem seems to be dark streaks or areas on the TV screen.

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Vizio TV Turns On By Itself? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

It can be a bit spooky when your Vizio TV starts turning itself on by itself. Several issues can be at the bottom of a Vizio TV that seems to have a mind of its own. A Vizio TV that turns itself on isn’t a common problem. However, if you are experiencing these issues, there are some common causes.

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Vizio TV Legs Too Wide For The Stand? (Here's What You Can Do)

Many typical issues come with getting a new TV. Those common issues can include things like connection and setup to  mounting the television. In most cases, these are less like problems and more like learning curves. And like every new television, often even with the same manufacturer, there are new things to figure out. That includes learning how to deal with issues like when Vizio TV legs are too wide.

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Is Your Vivint Thermostat Not Working? (We Have a Fix!)

The Vivint Smart Thermostat plays an important role in the brand’s home security lineup. It uses sensors to determine when you’re home or away. With that information, it adjusts the temperature in your house. But what happens when your digital thermostat stops working?

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Why Does Xfinity Stream Keep Freezing? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

So, you aren’t home but need to watch the season finale of Yellowstone- no big deal when you have the Xfinity Stream app. However, it suddenly keeps freezing on your phone, and you can’t help but wonder why this is happening to you (and of all times, right now!).

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Kasa "Device Unreachable" Alert? (We Have a Fix!)

Kasa is a brand that is hellbent on making smart homes easier to access than ever, and it’s a system that works with most major hubs. Unfortunately, it still has its kinks it occasionally deals with. One of the more common annoyances that we tend to see is an alert saying that there’s a “device unreachable” in your system. What gives?

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Samsung TV Home Button Not Working? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

One of the great features of Samsung TVs s the HOME button on the Samsung remote control. Pressing this button allows you to your favorite entertainment channels, useful TV features, and much more from this option. However, when the HOME button on your Samsung remote quits working, you can reach frustration quickly.

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Vizio TV Flashing Like A Strobe Light? Iv. (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Not only is it annoying, but it also makes watching your favorite shows impossible. When your Vizio TV begins to flicker quickly, the results are much less than satisfactory. Trying to watch the TV is impossible. Sometimes even trying to read the menu and set up screens can be difficult. Finding and fixing a strobe light effect on your Vizio TV becomes a priority.

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Can You Put A Router In A Cabinet? (Find Out Now!)

If you’re like me, your wi-fi is your life. You want to make sure that your router gives the best signal possible. Unfortunately, routers don’t exactly look stylish. They can be a major eyesore. That’s why people often try to make them easy to hide. Cabinets are a common method, but is this really the best possible method?

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Orbi Not Connecting to Internet: 9 Ways to Fix

An internet connection is no longer considered a luxurious service; it’s an absolute requirement. With so many of us relying on it for essential services like news, banking, and even working from home, we want a reliable connection 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But, what do you do if your Orbi Wi-Fi connection isn’t working correctly?

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Is Your Cox Modem Blinking Orange? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Cox Communications is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that offers dial-up, DSL, and cable internet service to homes and businesses across the United States. Regardless of their reach, no service provider is error-free (although we wish that were the case). What should you do when your Cox modem is blinking orange?

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Why Are Heat And Cool Disabled When Ecobee Is Calibrating?

I’ve often found myself going to ask Alexa a question only to realize I was nowhere near one. Smart devices make life much more convenient, don’t they? Ecobee is a home automation company that specializes in smart home devices. One such device is their smart thermostat.

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Why Does My LG Sound Bar Subwoofer Keep Cutting Out?

Whether you’re listening to music or watching a movie, an LG soundbar is a great way to enhance your experience. That is until your soundbar subwoofer keeps cutting out for no reason. This problem is extremely annoying and inconvenient. If you want to get back to your listening experience, you’ll have to solve it in a timely manner.

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Vizio TV Goes Black For A Few Seconds? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Right in the middle of your favorite TV drama, the screen on your Vizio TV suddenly turns black. The audio may or may not keep playing. Then, just as randomly, the screen comes back to life. If you have this problem with your Vizio TV, there are several possible causes for this strange behavior.

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What Size Screws For A Vizio TV Mount? (Find Out Now!)

You may have a brand new Vizio TV or have purchased a used model. Now you want to mount that Vizio TV on the wall in your home. You may even have an existing mount already in place. If this is the situation and you can’t find the screws that came with the mount or the Vizio TV, you have a slight problem. What size crews do you use to mount your Vizio TV?

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6 Ways To Fix Wemo Switches That Are Blinking Orange

There are modern, smart equivalents to almost any household device, and that includes light switches. Wemo switches are smart light switches that are infinitely useful, that is unless it is blinking orange. So, what are the best ways to fix Wemo switches that are blinking orange?

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Why Is My Broadband Light Red? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Whenever our phones or laptops aren’t working, we often blame the  WiFi. However, what if you notice the broadband light on your router is red?

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Thermostat Flashing "Cool On" But Not Working? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Troubleshooting a thermostat can be tricky between all of the messages and error codes that they display. Many homeowners have scratched their heads the words “cool on” flash on the display yet the thermostat won’t work. So, what does this message mean, and what can you do to fix it?

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Hulu Keeps Skipping Forward: 5 Ways to Fix It

Nothing can be quite as frustrating as trying to watch a show and it keeps skipping forward. Unfortunately for Hulu users, this can be a common issue. There are a handful of different reasons for why this happens, and we’re here to talk about them all. So, why does Hulu keep skipping forward, and what can you do to stop it from being an issue in the future?

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How To Reset Your ADT Alarm After Power Outage (Do This!)

Home security systems like ADT are designed to help homeowners and renters feel safe and protected against dangers of the outside world. When you lose power for one reason or another it is important to reset the system to ensure your ADT system works continuously.

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Samsung TV Blinking Red Light? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

You grab your trusty remote, click the on button, and your Samsung TV responds with nothing. The indicator LED flashes red continuously as you try all the normal things. You check the batteries in the remote. You bang on the remote with the palm of your hand. As a last resort, you furiously push the on/off button repeatedly in growing frustration.

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Nest Vs. SimpliSafe Video Monitoring: What Are The Major Differences?

Deciding on a home security system is no small task. If it’s too cheap, it can seem suspicious. But sometimes, the systems that cost a fortune have way more equipment than you need. And then there’s the growing desire to connect all appliances to smart devices. Enter Nest and SimpliSafe.

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"Send To Kindle" Function Not Working? (We Have a Fix!)

So, getting an e-reader is kind of a big deal especially if you want to get a good scoop on the hottest new home improvement books. The problem with e-readers, even Kindles, is that they don’t always work. This is a particularly common issue when it comes to matters of sending guides to Kindle. So, what gives?

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How To Reduce Glare On A Ring Doorbell (Do These 5 Things!)

Ring doorbells are one of the most popular ways to keep a digital eye on your home, but they have one major issue: glare. Glare from sunlight can make it hard for your doorbell’s camera to do its job. In fact, it can even obscure an entrant’s face. That’s pretty bad for security. How can you reduce that glare?

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Xfinity Remote Not Working? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Xfinity is one of the most popular cable providers in the United States. With their huge selection of channels and packages, they’ve got something for everyone. However, sometimes things can go wrong- like when your Xfinity remote isn’t working correctly.

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