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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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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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...
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Aeotec Multisensor 6: Monitor Motion, Temp, and Lux in SmartThings

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.
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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.

Smart Home 101: Nest Thermostat

Start with the thermostat The idea of purchasing a "smart home" is alluring for most techies, if affordable. But what about those of us who can't/won't move in to a "smart home" and want to retrofit our current residences? It's a daunting task, but advancements...
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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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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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Cable Management Tools for DIY Home Automation Projects

Black extension cord running along a white baseboard? Matrix of cables hanging from your new flat screen? Three power strips plugged into each other in the closet? These types of finishing touches can detract from the hard work and hours it took to setup. A few simple additions focused on cable management, like cable clips or raceways, can give any project a professional appearance.
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Funny Wifi Network Names (Updated 2021)

1. Mom, Click Here for Internet 2. Bill Wi the Science Fi 3. Abraham Linksys 4. Keep it on the Download 5. Drop it like it’s Hotspot 6. TheWorldWasWifiEnough 7. B(.)(.)bies ...over 100 more.

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