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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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...
Google Home Voice Assisted Speaker

What is Google Home? How does it work?

After watching Iron Man, were you envious of the Artificial Intelligence "Jarvis" provided to Tony Stark? Ladies and Gentlemen, we are one step closer to all having our own "Jarvis", but this time it's called "Google home". What is Google Home? Google home is a voice assisted...
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Improve Nest “Away Mode” by Using Phone GPS

Help Nest Learn Your Schedule The Nest Learning Thermostat is one of the most popular smart home products on the market today. The Nest thermostat lets you control your home air conditioner/heater via your smartphone. With the Nest app installed on your phone, you can leverage your...

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...