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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Fibaro Z-Wave Button: Big & Simple

for  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. For even more customization,...

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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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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GE Outdoor Z-Wave 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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Aeotec Multisensor 6: Monitor Motion, Temp, and Lux in SmartThings

Multisensor 6 Overview 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,...
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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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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...

Extend IR Range of Any Night Vision Security Camera

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 darkness, but often the output...
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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...