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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!
As you grow your home automation network, the need for triggers and automation using contact sensors becomes commonplace. There are a wide variety of options, but the Visionic sensor costs less than $20 online, which was the lowest priced SmartThings-native...
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.
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 from Schlage, you've likely seen...
The Aeotec Multisensor (Available on Amazon) has six sensors combined into 1 small, 1.8″ square plastic housing. When the Aeotech Multisensor is placed in a hallway or room, you can use the SmartThings app to monitor motion, humidity, temperature, light lux (brightness), UV, and vibration. On top of all those features, the Aeotec Multisensor 6 is natively compatible with SmartThings, so no custom device handlers or coding is necessary out-of-the-box.
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.
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".
After many years of satisfied SmartThings automation, I started wanting more from my IoT hub and began looking for better solutions. I was so invested in SmartThings at that point, with over 100 Z-Wave and Zigbee devices in the...
Ring Motion-Activated Spotlight Camera The Ring Spotlight cam combines motion-activated security lighting with Wifi security camera. Similar to other Ring products, the Ring Spotlight Cam (Available on Amazon) is controlled and setup using the Ring mobile app, and can send...
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.
The basic operation is to toggle power on and off using the SmartThings mobile app, but you can also dim the brightness of the plugged-in device using a fully customizable sliding scale. This feature enables homeowners to achieve the perfect dimmer level for table and floor lamps, and other lighting applications.
As you work to make your dumb home smarter, you've probably thought about home security. The most common security system in the US is a hardwired, professionally installed system monitored by ADT. ADT monitoring can cost $60+ and doesn't...
Why You Need Infrared Illuminators Both digital and analog security cameras rely on infrared LEDs to illuminate the image when there’s no sunlight or external light source – it’s completely dark outside. Many cameras have infrared light to illuminate in...
On Wednesday, September 12th, 2018, Apple unveiled a total of 3 new iPhones: iPhone XS/XS Max - Starting at $999 Apple's new flagship iPhone,...
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...
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...
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) ...
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