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Control Existing Window Blinds with Voice & App

Available on Amazon The idea behind MySmartBlinds is simple: place a small WiFi/Bluetooth servo motor, hidden inside the existing housing of your window blinds, to open, close, and...
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Aeotec NanoMote Quad: Multi-function Z-Wave Controller

Released in early 2019, the new Aeotec NanoMote (Available on Amazon) comes natively compatible with Samsung SmartThings, in addition to other Z-Wave Smart Home Hubs. Offering 4 physical buttons, each with 2 touch-modes (short press & long press), the NanoMote is an upgrade to the Aeotec WallMote Dual and Quad button controllers. Comparatively, the NanoMote is significantly smaller; measuring about 2-inches by 2/3-inch.
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Compare Schlage Locks: Connect vs. Touch vs. Sense

Before you buy a Schlage door lock for yourself, it’s important to determine which of the three types you need: Schlage Touch, Schlage Connect, or Schlage Sense. If you're shopping for a smart door lock...
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Samsung SmartThings Push Button

Manufactured directly from the makers of the Samsung SmartThings Hub, this simple, elegant, and affordable push button enables unlimited possibilities for smart home automation. With native device compatibility, this button takes about 30 seconds to pair to your hub. Simply open the app, tap "+Add Device" and select "Samsung SmartThings Button".
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Fibaro Z-Wave Button: Big & Simple

This stand-out push button for Z-Wave smart homes (including Samsung SmartThings), developed by Fibaro, can function as a standalone panic button or a scene controller. Depending on your configuration, a single push can trigger any number of devices and automations.
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Chamberlin MyQ Garage Door Controller

The garage door is a common roadblock for home automation, because garage door openers are “dumb”, expensive, and not something you'd want to break. Have no fear! If you pair a SmartThings hub with the Chamberlin MyQ Garage Door Kit, you can control your garage door remotely, and check its current status. You can even automate it using IFTTT and webCoRE.
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Flic Mini Buttons for Smart Home Automation (Released 2023)

The Logi Pop smart button is, by far, the most aesthetically pleasing IoT push button. However, this beautifully designed smart button requires an additional hub for basic remote operation. To achieve an experience comparable to a native SmartThings device, you'll need to use a custom device handler & smart app, on top of IFTTT web hooks.
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GE Outdoor Z-Wave Plus Appliance Control Switch

The Z-Wave Plus outdoor smart switch from GE is a reliable, heavy duty controller for lighting and appliances exposed to weather and the elements. Natively compatible with SmartThings, its compact, all-black enclosure and short 7.5-inch power cord can easily be concealed behind foliage and rocks, or mounted to an exterior surface.
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Top 3 Smart Z-Wave Deadbolts for Home Automation

For both standard and non-standard doors, or doors with decorative door handles, you should consider adding a deadbolt-only smart device to the door to enable remote control and access. A smart deadbolt is simply a locking mechanism that fits into the existing deadbolt cut-out in your door, and connects to the internet to allow for remote access and programming.
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Top Burglar Alarm Sirens for SmartThings

This compact siren and strobe plugs directly into the wall outlet. It extends up about 3 inches, but, the device can be plugged-in upside down if necessary. It boasts a 105dB audio siren, with 5 different alert tones available to choose from. The bright LED strobe is a white light that can flash when triggered. No other customization can be done to the strobe light functionality.
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The Ultimate Guide to Buttons for SmartThings

After reviewing over 25 smart buttons for SmartThings and other smart home hubs, we thought it'd be helpful to single-out the top 3 buttons to date. The buttons we link to below are natively compatible with SmartThings, and utilize Z-wave, Zigbee, and sometimes both.
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Z-Wave Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fire safety is, arguably, one of the most important aspects to home ownership. Not only are you responsible for yourself, but also everyone else living in the home. If your home is not already equipped with hardwired smoke detectors, it's simple to add wireless smoke detectors to SmartThings (or any Z-Wave home automation system) for less than $50.
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Zooz Heavy Duty Z-Wave Power Switch

This outlet controller from Zooz is natively compatible with SmartThings, which means no custom device handlers or coding is needed to get setup. Be sure to stand near your hub when pairing, otherwise installation is a breeze and takes less than 60 seconds!
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Ecolink Z-wave Plus Pet-Immune Motion Detector

Motion sensors are valuable when it's important to know when people enter or exit a room. There are many options available, but when it comes to SmartThings, the simplicity and native compatibility of the...
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Aeotec WallMote

WallMote Dual Button Remote Aeotec WallMote - Two Button Remote for Samsung SmartThings The WallMote from Aeotec is a sleek and simple dual-button remote control...
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Top Z-Wave Door Locks for Samsung SmartThings

Schlage Smart Locks for SmartThings Security is a core component of any modern smart home, and ultimately smart home security boils down to access control. There are a number of ways to control ingress and...

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Bitcoin 101: An Introduction to Cryptocurrency

8 years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous developer introduced a peer-to-peer system by the name of Bitcoins. Since its release as open-source software, Bitcoins have been utilized as a reliable system of online payments that negate the requirement of a trusted central authority. Over the years, Bitcoin has turned into a technology of online currency that has a wide community of users- some use for day to day transactions, others as an investment vehicle. What Is Bitcoin? The lack of a central...

How to Track Bitcoin Price on Apple Watch Face

Everyone's talking about Bitcoin and Ethereum, and if you've taken the plunge and purchased any form of Cryptocurrency, you might want to keep an eye on its price throughout the day.
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Bitcoin Ticker iOS App for Crypto Price Tracking

Bitcoin Ticker (Free iOS App) Bitcoin Ticker is a simple tracker of cryptocurrency prices and exchange rates. Price history graphs are available in multiple formats, including line and candlestick graphs. In addition to price history and monitoring, Bitcoin Ticker offers push notification alerts when specific coins reach specified price points (low or high). Bitcoin Ticker is also compatible with the Watch, which includes the ability to monitor Bitcoin price on the watch face. Developer: XBT Apps Ltd Price: Free (optional in-app purchases) Rating: 4.1/5 Stars...
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Top 3 Free Bitcoin & Crypto Portfolio Tracking Apps for iOS

Bitcoin is the new hot topic online these days, and whether you’ve invested financially, or are just interested in following along, a mobile app for price tracking is a must. We've tested all of the popular app available, and our top 3 picks are: Bitcoin Ticker, Coin Stats, and Coin Ticker. The details, download links, and screenshots of these 3 apps are below. 1. Bitcoin Ticker (Free) Developer: XBT Apps Ltd Price: Free (optional in-app purchases) Rating: 4.1/5 Stars (71 Reviews) ...