Philips Hue Issue – Older Bulbs Can’t Be Found by new Philips Hue Bridge

A typical Philips Hue personal wireless LED lighting setup consists of a Philips Hue bridge and one or more Philips Hue bulbs. The devices connect to each other via the ZigBee communication protocol and therefore should be backwards compatible.
Over the years there have been 3 generations of Philips Hue released:

  • Generation 1 (2012)
  • Generation 2 (2015)
  • Generation 3 (2016)

There are 2 variants of the Hue Bridge. The new version has a number of improvements such as support for Apple HomeKit.

Philips Hue Bridge 2.0

Philips Hue Bridge 2.0

If you own(ed) an original Hue Bridge and wish to install a new Hue Bridge you will likely wish to continue to use the older bulbs possibly with some additional new bulbs if you avail of one of the starter kits.
The old bulbs and new Hue Bridge are compatible however you may experience some issues when using standard methods to try to find the old bulbs from the new Hue Bridge.
Read on for more information on the standard methods then alternative method to detect and connect to the old bulbs.

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Switching From PC to Mac

Differences, quirks and benefits

Introduction

For most of my working and non-working life I have spent using PC / IBM PC / Windows based systems. I would regard myself as agnostic over the pro’s and con’s between using a PC and Mac to do various tasks – I would compare it to asking why people use Edison screw light bulbs instead of a Bayonet mount bulb … it’s because that’s what you have to use!

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Converting a Website to HTTPS

In recent times there has been a push for websites to use HTTPS (HTTP over TLS) rather than HTTP.

HTTPS Icon

Traditionally HTTPS was used only when highly secure or financial information was being exchanged but in modern times other general website are being encouraged to switch to HTTPS.
Google even say “we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.Continue reading