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My Automated Home: Raspberry Pi + Node-Red + MQTT & Amazon Echo

In our latest My Automated Home feature, Dave McLaughlin takes us through his journey developing his own smart home system. With some DIY upgrades to existing home automation hardware and some clever software integration he’s built a fascinating system… In the Beginning Having used Homeseer and a number of wired and wireless devices whilst in the UK, […]

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Found Video: My SmartThings Home Automation Set Up

Here’ an interesting video showing a Samsung SmartThings setup in a US home. Peter Anania talks us through his journey from X10 to Z-Wave showing how he uses the Amazon Echo to add voice control to his apartment via Alexa. In addition he uses the Logitech Harmony remote from app on an Amazon Fire tablet. There’s motion activated lighting, a PTZ […]

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Exclusive Interview: Loxone Reveal Huge Growth as UK Smart Homes Boom

Austrian smart home brand Loxone have been going from strength to strength over the last few years. We talked to UK CEO Philipp Schuster to get some hard figures and garner his opinion on the state of the UK market… Hi Philipp, can you give us some idea of how well Loxone’s Smart Home system is selling in the UK? […]

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Exclusive Interview: EnOcean Wireless Energy Harvesting IoT Tech

This time we talked to Zeljko Angelkoski, Marketing and Communications Director for EnOcean. The company is famous for making switches that need no mains or batteries, instead powering themselves by harvesting the kinetic energy used to actually push the switch… Hi Zeljko, can you sum up what EnOcean is in a couple of sentences for us? EnOcean […]

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Case Study: London Smart Home with Crestron HD Audio Video & Lighting

Smart Home specialists, Custom Controls take us through one of their Crestron home automation projects in this beautiful London property… Full Crestron HD Audio Video and Lighting Control This stunning Mews house benefits from a full Crestron whole home Audio Video system. Crestron wireless lighting controls allow easy control of all lighting levels in the home with […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 19-Inch Rack Vertical Wall Mount Bracket

I needed a 24 port switch mounted in a tight space against a wall recently and got this useful bracket to do the job. The StarTech 19-Inch Steel Vertical Wall Mount Equipment Rack Bracket (RK119WALLV) allows network devices, power strips and patch panels etc to be mounted vertically against a wall to save space. It can also […]

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My Automated Home: Domoticz Powered Open Source Smart Home

Our latest “My Automated Home” story comes from Ian Gardner and his Domoticz powered smart home. My home automation journey started around 12 years ago with a single PC running Fedora Linux, motion and a single USB webcam watching over my driveway. It was all thanks to a friend and work colleague (Steve L) who inspired me to […]

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Tidy TV Installs with these VESA Mount Breadboard Trays

We’re all looking for a neat finish when installing our smart home systems (checkout #liveinstall for some great photos). Here’s a useful range of mounts to allow you to securely attach all those streaming pucks and baluns to the back of your TV using its VESA mount. The powder coated steel CMP-1 easily attaches to the rear of the […]

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My Automated Home: One Woman’s Journey into the Smart Home World

Sometimes the tech world can seem like a private mens club. Thankfully that’s changing with each year that passes and our latest ‘My Automated Home’ feature comes from our forum member Mavis. Read on for a female perspective on the smart home, the good and the bad, and even an admission that it’s not just men that sneak those […]

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Smart Apartment in Londons Mayfair

UK distributors, AWE supply a lot of gear to the custom installation trade. Here’s one of the latest smart home installations using their kit , by HA specialists EasyComp. Make sure to click the photo of that rack below for some home automation porn. A stunning apartment in London’s exclusive Mayfair has undergone dramatic renovation, transforming an […]

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