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The brain of every smart home is a smart hub, with popular models like Samsung SmartThings, in addition to other Z-wave and Zigbee products. Once equipped with a smart hub, any home can be automated with wireless devices, including sensors, buttons, actuators and more. Our smart-device reviews are for all skill levels, house sizes, and budgets.

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Party Strobe Lights with Hue Disco App

To get a true disco party going, you’ll need some strobe lights for your dance floor. If you have Hue color lights, you’re in luck! I use Hue Disco ($3.99) on my iPad to get the party going. Hue Disco for iOS is an app that...
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New Philips Hue Outdoor Smart Lighting

Philips Hue is the leader in smart, colored lighting solutions for residential and DIY projects. While Hue products are on the higher end of the price spectrum, their quality and durability easily justify the price tag. Compared the cheap, LED light strips...
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AirPort Express firmware update enables AirPlay 2 and Apple Home App support

AirPlay 2 is now supported on AirPort Express with firmware version 7.8+ Also includes support for Apple's Home App - native home automation on iOS The AirPort line of products, which include the AirPort Express, are no longer sold in stores and discontinued...
Remotec Z-Wave Scene Master Controller

Remotec Z-Wave Scene Master Controller

Once you've built your initial home automation network, you need to be able to control it! The default (and simplest) way to control Z-Wave and Zigbee devices is with a Samsung SmartThings hub. The SmartThings mobile app offers all of the basic functionality -...

Meet the new Hubitat Elevation C8 Smart Home Hub (2023)

The latest product from Hubitat, the Hubitat Elevation C-8 Smart Home Hub, was released in March of 2023 with significant improvements over the prior C-7 version (read our review of the Hubitat C-7). The Hubitat Elevation C-8 has a similar form factor as it's C-7...
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Smart Home Security: SimpliSafe vs. Iris vs. SmartThings

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 include any additional services. With the...
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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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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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Aeotec WallMote

The WallMote from Aeotec is a sleek and simple dual-button remote control with Z-Wave Plus radio and native SmartThings compatibility. Available on Amazon, the Aeotec WallMote is an essential smart device for high-end smart homes.
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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 from Schlage, you've likely seen multiple product lines, and ultimately...

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