Home Automation

Home Automation

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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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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...
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 -...
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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 adjust the angle of the slats manually, or on a...
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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 egress through doors and windows, but the most popular consumer...
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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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Visonic Zigbee Contact Sensor for SmartThings

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 contact sensor (at time of...
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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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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 Ecolink Z-Wave Plus pet-immune motion detector can't be beat. At...
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Ring Floodlight & Spotlight Cams for Smart Home Security

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 push notification alerts to multiple...
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ANSI Residential Security Ratings for Smart Locks Explained

Industry security standards, for access control and personnel door locks, ensure the quality and durability of locks within defined and agreed-upon benchmarks of durability, operational stability, and overall security offered by the device. The two most highly recognized and widely accepted organizations for assessing the...

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