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Z-Wave Greenwave Extension Lead Has 5 Addressable Sockets

-+*New in at Vesternet is the Greenwave Z-wave PowerNode, a mains socket extension board with 5 sockets that are individually addressable for your home automation projects. The Greenwave 5 Port PowerNode is the only Z-Wave Multi-Socket (extension lead) available that allows you to control multiple electrical appliance on/off and measure their power consumption. Each of it’s […]

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Broadcom WICED Platform Offers Full Apple HomeKit Support

-+*Broadcom have announced that its ‘Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices’ (WICED) software development kit now offers full HomeKit support. Broadcom claim to be the first company to meet Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework technical specifications for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart. The WICED platform can also be used to bridge non-HomeKit devices to its network. This allows a […]

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Loxone Reveals Nano IO Air Plus Touch for Nano

-+*The guys at Loxone have brought you more retro-fittable goodness in the shape of two new wireless products for your home automation system. The ‘Nano IO Air’ is a £90 wireless relay and I/O module that features two 5A relays plus six integrated digital inputs. These provide plenty of opportunities for the integration of switches, door contacts, water detectors […]

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GreenIQ Smart Irrigation Hub is “Nest for the Garden”

-+*Israeli IoT startup GreenIQ produces what they describe as a “Nest for the Garden”. The smart hub for the outdoors controls irrigation based on current and predicted weather conditions and claims savings of up to 50% in its customers monthly water bills. Green fingered home owners can remotely control their irrigation systems and garden lighting from anywhere at […]

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Loxone Touch Air Is Retrofit Anywhere Touch Switch For Your Smart Home

-+*One of the shortcomings of the Loxone home automation system has been its reliance on switches from third parties. But today they’ve have fixed that with the unveiling of the new Loxone Touch Air. The switch has 5 separately addressable touch regions and can control pretty much any aspect of your smart home setup. They won’t look out of […]

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Review: Xclaim Wireless AP – Enterprise Class 801.11ac Wi-Fi For Your Home?

-+*The Automated Home Wi-Fi network is critical. If there’s even a blip in service the family seem to go into melt down. More and more devices are hanging off our wireless LAN, laptops, smartphones, tablets, IP CCTV Cameras, Energy Monitors, Weather Stations the list goes on, so it needs to be fast, far-reaching and reliable. […]

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Tesla Launch Powerwall Home Battery [Updated with Video]

-+*Elon Musk, what a guy, you gotta love him for this alone. The modern day tech hero has confirmed Tesla’s worst kept secret of recent times – the launch of a new battery for your home. The Tesla Powerwall home battery is designed to do several things. Firstly it operates like one giant UPS, guaranteeing power for your […]

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Video: Big Plex Update for Music Lovers

-+*Not only is Plex available almost on any device these days, the team continues to expand the media servers features, whilst making things even more automated. Todays update brings a raft of new enhancements for music lovers including the ability to build a smart play list off a single track (a la Genius Mixes), automatic linking and streaming […]

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New Global Caché Flex Hardware Plus Firmware Update

-+*Smart home favorites Global Caché have been busy recently releasing a new PoE version of the Flex along with a relay and sensor cable. The new Flex IP with PoE (FLEX-IP-P) allows for power to be pulled from an Ethernet connection, avoiding the necessity for a separate power supply. The PoE version of the Flex is available […]

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Apple Watch Review: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly After a Wearable Weekend

-+*The wait is over and the Apple Watch is here, at least for those that pre-ordered. So should you put an Apple on your arm? Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly after my first weekend with the device. Back in 2010, when Apple last released a new product category, I bought an expensive 64GB […]

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