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New Sky Q 4K Ready DVR Brings Wireless Multiroom Plus Tablet Take Away

No smart home is complete without a DVR but the way we watch TV has changed so much over the last decade that some aspects of our consumption still feel mired in the past. Sky’s Director of New Products, Andrew Olson (previously COO at Comcast), joined Sky as Director of Product Planning and Design in 2012 with the responsibility of creating a […]

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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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Review: SmartTiles Puts Whole House SmartThings Dashboard on Your Tablet

Part of the big attraction of Samsung’s SmartThings system is its ability to work with an extensive range of hardware. But the more kit linked to your system, the more cluttered and inefficient the app can feel. SmartTiles SmartTiles is a a web client for SmartThings that started out life as an open source project called ActiON Dashboard. Now […]

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Top 10 Smart Home Videos from CES 2016

The 2016 CES show was billed as the one about the smart home. With 56,000 sq ft of floor space given over to home automation, double that of the previous year, there was certainly plenty of new home tech to look at. Here’s a few of our favourites from the show floor. Netatmo are famous for their smarthome weather station. Now […]

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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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Low Power Long Range 802.11ah “Wi-Fi HaLow” For IoT & Smart Home

This week the Wi-Fi Alliance announced products based on the new IEEE 802.11ah standard are to be know as “Wi-Fi HaLow”. HaLow takes Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, almost doubling its range whilst lowering power requirements and making it more suitable for IoT sensor, smart home tech and wearables. Wi-Fi HaLow operates in frequency bands below one gigahertz, offering […]

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