Home Automation

Finally…someone put Alexa into a light switch

NEWS – I admit it I’m a sucker for smart speakers and home products. I like having the ability to control things like my lights and locks, using my voice. I own four Alexa enabled devices, and I use them all the time. Now, iDevices has taken Alexa and put her into the Instinct Smart …

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Etekcity Smart WiFi Light Switch review

REVIEW – We are smart home fanatics at our house.  We have almost every light in our house, including ceiling fans controlled by Amazon Alexa.  The few lights we don’t have under Alexa control are either lights we rarely use, or they are three-pole lights.  Three pole lights are lights that are controlled by two …

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Wyze just launched their next home security product

NEWS – I’ve been keeping an eye out for the next product from the makers of the Wyze Cam with hopes that it would be an outdoor version of their popular affordable security cameras. Well, today is the day that Wyze announced a new product, but it’s not what I thought it would be. Their …

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Bond smart Wi-Fi ceiling fan remote hub review

REVIEW – If your home is anything like mine, remotes rule your life, especially for your home audio/video. If you have ceiling fans with wireless control, it only adds to the clutter. I have been searching for a solution to both eliminate my remote clutter and also add voice control to my four ceiling fans. …

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Minger Govee Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer with WiFi Gateway Review

REVIEW – I have always been a weather nerd.  From my earliest memories, I remember watching the sky hoping and praying for a good thunderstorm to roll across the area.  I had even originally planned to be a meteorologist until I found out how many calculus classes were required for the degree!  That being said, …

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Makers will love the one button to rule them all

NEWS – Makers, home automation hobbyists, or anyone who loves a good DIY challenge should take a look at the Touch Encoder by Grayhill, who recently celebrated 75 years of innovation. Grayhill products can be found in everything from custom projects to switches running through any modern jet cockpit and this new easy to program …

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Google Home and Nest are better together – and will save you $100!

NEWS – If you’re looking for a time and for products to start building your smart home system, now is your time, and Google Home Hub and Nest are your products!  Nest is now offering the Google Home Hub, and they are offering you $100 savings and free shipping if you buy a Google Home …

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Venstar ColorTouch T7900 thermostat review

REVIEW – I’ve wanted a WiFi controllable thermostat for quite a while now, so when the opportunity to review the Venstar ColorTouch T7900 thermostat came along I thought this might just be the answer to my temperature war with my wife. What is it? The Venstar ColorTouch T7900 thermostat is a color touchscreen WiFi controllable …

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Control your Philips Hue lights by simply entering a room

NEWS – Most of the bulbs in my house are Philips Hue bulbs or light strips.  I have a lot of Hue Tap switches scattered around to operate my lights, and they work well, but a couple of them require you to walk down a dark hallway to reach the switch.  I need to add …

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The latest Roomba i7+ robot vacuum has a new game changing feature

I’ve been using Neato Botvac robot vacuums in my home for several years now and can’t imagine going back to manually sweeping the floors in my home. Having a robot to do my bidding on a set schedule is awesome. It means I don’t have to drag out the vacuum several times a week and …

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