Home Automation

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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Filtrete Smart Air Filters add another layer of intelligence to your home HVAC system

NEWS – Smart thermostats have smartened up your home’s HVAC unit, but it was still up to you to know when to replace the filter to ensure your unit is working in top form.  But now, Filtrete has introduced smart filters that can monitor their own performance to let you know when you should change …

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Momentum Niro WiFi Garage Door Controller with Built-in Camera review

REVIEW – Here was a typical scenario in our household: We’re getting ready to go somewhere and hop into the car parked in the garage. We open the garage door, back out, and drive away. “Did I close the garage door?” my husband asks me. After thinking about it, I respond, “I don’t remember.” We …

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Now any air conditioner with a remote can be smart

NEWS – The Sensibo Sky Smart AC Controller can make any remote-controlled air conditioner or heat pump into a smart, WiFi-connected device.  Sensibo says it takes only a minute to install the controller, then you use a smartphone app to maintain the temperature of your home.  You can set seven-day schedules to control the temperature throughout …

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Rid your home of hot and cold rooms with help from the Keen Home Zoning System

I’ve mentioned before that my home tends to have uncomfortable rooms regardless of the season.  As I’ve said:  “Because of the location of the thermostat and the long shape of the condo, our bedrooms tend to be chilly in the winter and hot in the summer while our living and dining rooms are uncomfortably hot …

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5 Smart tech gadgets for apartment renters

Depending on the terms of your rental agreement and the flexibility — or lack thereof — displayed by your landlord, it may not be possible to install smart home items in your abode if they require making permanent alterations. Fortunately, there are still plenty of high-tech items that cater to your apartment-based lifestyle. 1. Belkin …

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Jarvis Farley will give you inspiration to turn your home into a smart one

What is Jarvis Farley you ask? It’s the home automation digital assistant that Matt Farley created that controls almost every aspect of his home from security cameras, to TVs, music, thermostats, etc. This system even gives his kids credits when they do their chores that they can then redeem for time allowances for watching TV …

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Bestek MRJ1011 Wi-Fi smart plug review

The Bestek MRJ1011 Wi-Fi smart plug is a device that can turn on or off the AC outlet on it’s front. The device can be controlled manually, self-controlled by timers set by an app, or controlled by the IoT through the Smart Life app, Amazon Alexa, Google Home,  or IFTTT. It also has two 2.4 amp USB ports. …

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Control your smart home with FIBARO’s The Button

The problem with having your home automated is you’ll need to have your smartphone or tablet in hand to turn on the lights or control a device using an app.  With The Button from FIBARO, you’ll be able to control smart home functions without opening an app.  The Button connects via Bluetooth to the smart …

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Elgato Eve Energy Switch & Power Meter and Eve Button review

I’m particularly fond of home automation and have enjoyed making things light, whirr and spin with a poke at my phone or voice command. Adding the ability to monitor power is icing on the cake so I was eager to give Elgato’s Eve Energy Switch & Power Meter and Eve Button a try. What is …

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Geekbes USB Smart WiFi Plug review

Over the past decade, I’ve slowly been adding automation to my home, starting with X-10. Powerful new devices, like Geekbes Smart WiFi Plug, have made it easy to remotely control lamps and appliances with ease, even when outside my home. What is it? The Geekbes Smart plugs are single-socket, WiFi modules that turn on or …

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