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Devolo Home Control Review Part 2 – Motion Detection and Switching

Building on the Starter pack it is natural to extend the scope of the system by adding some additional devices and Devolo have provided a good range of options. Motion detection One of the next most obvious additions is the Motion Detector (Art No: 9503) that costs around £50. The first thing that strikes us is […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 1 – Starter Pack

Interested in having a ‘smart home’? Want to do more than just switch a few lights on and off? Want to save energy and cut down on your electric and fuel bills? Want a higher level of convenience and security for your home? Well Devolo think they might have the answer and it’s called Home […]

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Wi-Fi Motion Detecting Electric Radiators Learn When You’re Coming Home

Yorkshire based e-tailer Electric Radiators Direct have announced the release of the all new Haverland Smartwave – an intelligent electric WiFi radiator range which uses “advanced motion sensor technology” in order to learn your weekly routine to control your heating and conserve energy. We asked them how the system learns and operates and they told us… […]

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SMA Sunny Home Manager Maximises Self Consumption for Solar PV Owners

Exporting the unused energy produced on domestic Solar PV systems is a bad idea. The current rate in our area is only around £0.03 per kWh and some countries are removing export tariffs completely, It’s much better then to use every ounce of your home made energy yourself and well known German manufacturer SMA has a […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp

Bit of a change of from the norm this week, and in danger of entering the world of interior design! The guys from Inateck sent us one of their new Tomons DL1001 adjustable lamps to take a look. The unit arrived folded up into quite a neat box and required some minor assembly, 3 wing nuts to do […]

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Loxone “Tree” Reduces Smart Home Wiring Requirements by up to 80%

Loxone’s new ‘Tree’ system promises to simplify the task of cabling your smart home whilst retaining all the speed and reliability of a wired system. We asked Loxone to break it down for us…. In simple terms, what is Tree? Loxone Tree is a free form wiring standard that allows you to run a single cable […]

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Video: Very Cool Touch Switch Coming to Iridium Mobile?

Here’a fab looking touch switch posted to Twitter by Nikolay Rusanov. From what we can make out from the short video the unit supports PoE (although there’s a mains adaptor plugged into it). There’s a micro USB port on the rear, presumably for programming. The UI borrows heavily from Windows Mobile and looks fast and responsive. We asked Nikolay what […]

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Smanos Launch New Smart Home Security Hub, Doorbell and WiFi Camera

We visited the smanos stand at last months Gadget Show Live. The Netherlands based company have been producing security systems for a while now and have recently added a the K1 SmartHome DIY Kit, the UFO Panoramic WiFi HD Camera and Smart Video Doorbell to their range.. K1 SmartHome DIY Kit smanos’s new K1 integrated smart home kit and security […]

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In Depth Review of New Devolo Z-Wave Home Control System

The guys at Vesternet have just publish a huge in depth review of the brand new Devolo Smart Home Control System. The range is made up of a new Z-Wave Plus controller and a variety of re-badged Z-Wave devices running Devolo’s own firmware. Uniquely the central controller has built in Powerline tech meaning it doesn’t have to be […]

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SmartRules v2.0: Easy Logic for your SmartThings Smart Home

We reviewed the SmartRules app at the start of this year and found it powerful and easy to use. Now developers obycode have released v2.0 with a raft of new features and switched to an in-app purchase model to allow users to try out the app before paying for it. Check out all the improvements below… […]

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