About This Site
Technology continues to increase its importance in our home lives. Cell phones, routers, modems, wifi, tablets, video games, security systems and smart everything – homes, speakers, lights… the list goes on and on.
Do you ever…
- Feel overwhelmed by all the technology?
- Get frustrated setting up your home network or smart home technology?
- Wonder if you are buying the right products and using them in the best ways?
- Worry the gadgets in your home leave you open to security breaches?
Then this site is for you!
HomeTechHacker will provide you:
- Solutions and insight into common tech problems in the modern home.
- Advice for tough tech purchases.
- Reviews of common products and suggest purchases to meet your needs.
We strive to keep the information on this site relevant, entertaining and up to date.
Questions and Answers
Why did you start this site?I started this site to help you! I have consulted with friends, family, and coworkers on home technology projects and gadgets for years. They’ve encouraged me to share the valuable lesson and insight with others.
- What will I get out of this site?
Help, insight, and more help. Valuable how-tos, reviews of products you may be considering, answers to home technology questions you have been asking. Contact me and let me know what you want me to write about or what products and services you are interested in.
- Why should I listen to you?
I have spent most of my 25-year career in IT. I’ve been a help desk technician, developer, project manager, business analyst, and IT director. These days I’m far from doing hands-on technical work at my job. I get more technical at home than I do at work. Over the years I’ve designed and redesigned home network infrastructures, installed security and surveillance systems, built computers and routers, and built multimedia distribution systems. I’ve hacked together various home technologies to work in ways that keep families safe, productive, and entertained. I will use this experience, combined with my general knowledge of technology, to provide you with information and solutions to your home technology problems. Although I don’t claim to be an expert on all the technology and topics I cover, I will try to never lead you astray. I provide commentary from the perspective of a do it yourself home IT person. I also have experience as a college instructor teaching technology and business courses to undergrads and graduate students. This experience helps me to help you!
- Who are you?
My real name is Marlon. I promise I’m an honest and upstanding human :). In my free time, I enjoy watching and playing sports, hacking together various technologies, and helping others to do so. I am a husband and a father of two boys who I enjoy teaching (and learning from!). I’m a positive but relaxed guy who tells it as I see it – I hope you get something from it. If you’d like to learn more about me, check out my press kit.
- Are there other authors?
Yes. Although I am the primary author, occasionally I publish posts from guest authors.
- What tools did you use to create this site?
You can learn about the tools I used to create this site (and receive discounts on these tools) by visiting my “What this blog is made of” page.
- How can I support you?
I’m glad you asked. You can support me by sharing this site with your friends and on social media. You can also support me by clicking on affiliate links for products throughout my site. Affiliate products don’t affect my opinion, they just provide an easy way for me to direct you to the products relevant to the articles on this site. I receive a small commission if you purchase at no cost to you (see my disclosures for more details). Please use my links if you are interested in purchasing products.
You can also support me by purchasing my book, The Smart Home Manual is a great guide for DIY smart home builders.
Or, you can just buy buying me a coffee.
To sum up you can support me using one of the following two links:
Let me know what topics you want me to address. Contact me and be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date on this site and receive exclusive content I don’t offer anywhere else. I promise no spam. Seriously, I barely have time to put together a newsletter each month! I will only send an occasional email (no more than a few times monthly!) with exclusive content and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Also, take some time and look at my Buyer’s Guide. It’s filled with no-nonsense recommendations on common home technology items to buy and includes links to reviews and advice. On that page and in other pages on the site you will sometimes encounter affiliate links. If you buy something through these links I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. If you are interested in a product I recommend, discuss or review, I’d really appreciate you using my affiliate link for purchase.