How to Add a Denon Receiver to SmartThings

Introduction

Effortlessly add a Denon receiver to SmartThings. This is quite possibly the cheapest way to integrate your home entertainment receiver with your home automation system. Sure, Logitech Harmony is the best (and most functional) way to do this. But some people may not have the budget. Some people might be looking for something a little more basic without all the extra bells and whistles that come along with the Harmony product lineup. If this situation applies to you, keep reading for more details. Read More


Samsung Smart TV- How to Fix “Deleting Expired Apps” Problem

Introduction

A few weeks ago my wife and I were getting ready to enjoy a movie on the HBO Go app on our Samsung Smart TV (UN60HU8550). The only problem was, the app wouldn’t load. After exiting the app and going back to the Smart Hub main menu, we encountered a message that read “Please wait while 2 expired apps are deleted.” I let the TV do it’s thing. 10 minutes passed. Then 30 minutes. After an hour, the progress bar on the screen never moved. The apps never did get deleted. In fact, nothing happened. Read More


Logitech Harmony- How to Preset Denon Receiver Volume

Introduction

So here’s the scenario- Game of Thrones  is coming on so I crank my Denon receiver up loud enough for my neighbors on a late-night stroll to hear it from the sidewalk on the other side of the street (why aren’t they watching Game of Thrones  too??!). This is partially to immerse myself in a theatrical experience full of dragons, sword fighting, and corruption, and partially because I’ve worked around loud industrial systems my whole life. Plus, I love the bass rattling the walls while the surround sound makes me feel like I’m right in the middle of all the action! I usually keep the volume up when I’m watching my favorite sports teams too. Read More