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Aeon Labs Tease with Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Doorbell

So this one’s a bit of a tease. If you’re on the look out for a Z-Wave doorbell then how does this sound… Load the Aeotec doorbell with your favorite tunes and include it to your Z-Wave network to rediscover one of the basic elements of every home. The Z-Wave doorbell is easy to set up and […]

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Video: Xandem’s Mesh of Nodes Provides Occupancy Tracking in Your Smart Home

Ah… smart home occupancy detection, that old chestnut. Xandem Home is a new system that promises complete coverage of movement and occupancy detection around your house. Their 2.4 GHz devices can be hidden yet see through walls and furniture. There’s real-time location tracking (and history) plus triggers and mobile notifications / email / text etc. Xandem’s algorithms process the […]

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Review: Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Multisensor 6

We’ve had an Aeon Labs Z-Wave MultiSensor 6 since the summer and with the recent addition of a SmartThings hub in the Automated Home we’re finally able to test it. In contrast to so many smart home products over the years this unit looks good and a quick visit to the Aeon Labs website shows they care about design. The sensor is an ideal […]

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Video: Roost Wi-Fi Battery Upgrades Your Existing Smoke & CO Alarms

If you’re looking for a feature-rich smart home smoke (and Carbon Monoxide) alarm then checkout the Nest Protect. But here’s a clever device that promises to bring some of its best features to your existing detector. The Roost is a 9V smart battery that removes the chance of those annoying 3am ‘chirps’ from your regular smoke detector by notifying […]

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VeraPlus Advanced Smart Home Controller

The long-awaited VeraPlus home automation controller is now available to pre-order with deliveries promised within the next 5 weeks. The multi-protocol unit talks Z-Wave (Plus), ZigBee, Bluetooth LE and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi. Vera say the Plus supports over 1,400 devices and they have apps for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. Even if a device has its own app there are many […]

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Simple Hub is New Android Powered Hardware for Smart Home Control

Simple Control (formerly Roomie Remote) have just added the new Simple Hub to their product line-up. This ‘Simple Sync + Hub’ combination of the new Android powered hardware and the sync software adds advanced Simple Control features… The Simple Sync + Hub is a the best way to add Simple Sync to your system. The Simple Hub has […]

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Video: Zipato Reveal ZipaTILE Wall Mount Smart Home Controller

Zipato have revealed their new wall mount home automation controller ahead of CES 2016. Looking like the Kylo Ren of the smart home world, the Android powered unit (v5 Lollipop) incorporates an 8″ touchscreen (800 x 1280), 6 programmable scene buttons as well as sensors for Sound, Light, Humidity, Temperature, Motion and Shock. In addition there’s on-board dual […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Range Extender

Part of the attraction of the Z-Wave system is its ‘Mesh Network’ capability. Each wireless device can act like a little repeater, receiving packets not meant for it but passing them on, hence growing the effecting range of the originating device and helping the message get through. However there can still be areas around your home where […]

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Review: Inateck BH1000 – Value Bluetooth Headphones for an Active Lifestyle

Earlier this year I confessed my headphone fetish as I moved to wireless Bluetooth. There’s no underestimating the freedom from wires that Bluetooth brings so we were delighted to receive a new set to try out from Inateck The BH1000’s come in their own little zip-up pouch and there are two sizes of silicon earbuds included in […]

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New In-Wall Bluetooth Amp Frees Music from Mobile Devices

Keene have launched an updated version of their neat in-wall Bluetooth amplifier. The unit fits into a standard UK two gang wall box and provides 20W RMS per channel. It’s an easy way to add music to a kitchen, bedroom, study, bathroom, workshop, or anywhere else around your home. To use the amp you connect your mobile device […]

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