Smart Home Automation

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Smartthings Hub in 2018

Smartthings home automation is one of the best hubs you can buy.  If you are looking to make your home a smart home this is a simple place to start. In September 2012 SmartThings secured $1.2 million through a Kickstarter campaign.  In August 2014, SmartThings announced that they had reached an agreement to […]

OpenHAB2 Z-Wave Setup

So you have your smart home automation up and running, now it’s time to really expand using a Zwave mesh network! Zwave is a low-energy wireless protocol that is very common with home automation devices and makes up a large part of the IOT marketplace. Hubs like SmartThings, Wink and […]

openHAB2 Setup – Web Based Rule Engine

So you have openHAB up and running, now what?  Time to create some rules and make things happen. Traditionally creating rules in openHAB has been accomplished using config files written in a form of programming language.  They are fairly simple, but can be pretty intimidating for someone just getting started.  […]

Aeotec Z-Wave Water Sensor 6 – Smart Homes can stop water leaks!

Have you ever gone away on vacation and not turned off the water?  Have you heard a horror story from friends about flooding, or the dreaded waterfall coming down stairs after arriving home from a relaxing vacation? If your house has water, then this video is for you! Floods can […]

Home Automation Tips & Tricks #3 – stay OPEN to options!

Technology is always changing and sometimes it can become tiring to constantly try to keep up.  Often once technology professionals find a solution they are good with, they say they are now and “expert” and they stop looking.  Don’t make this mistake! I would suggest that the best way to be […]

Home Automation Tips & Tricks #4 – Notifications

Beep, Beep Beep – do you have fantom notification syndrome, you know the feeling that something is buzzing in your pocket and your phone is nowhere near? One of the first things you will do with Home Automation is setup notifications for your IoT smart home devices, some times so […]

Aeotec Z-Wave WallMote Review | Home Automation

Home Automation systems often add a great deal of convenience, but sometimes its simple to forget that we need to do things manually sometimes too!  Forget pulling out a smartphone to turn on some lights, we need a simple way to add manual functionality to the smartest of smart home […]