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LinkDesk Room Locator: Next Gen Bluetooth Motion Detector

Today, LinkDesk have released their new ‘Room Locator’ in the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Room Locator is a small battery powered wireless Bluetooth device for Apple iPhone and iPad that triggers smart home devices when a room is entered or left. Unlike previous indoor location systems such as Apple iBeacon or Google Eddystone, LinkDesk goes one […]

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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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Review: Devolo dLAN 1200+ Creates Fast WiFi Hotspot & Ethernet Where You Need It

It’s almost a decade and a half since we first installed WiFi in the Automated Home (check this out for some nostalgia). People expect a wireless Internet connection everywhere these days and if it’s not available in every corner of your own home you’re going to hear about it from your family. I’d been called in to setup […]

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Loxone Reveal Wireless Miniserver GO Home Automation Controller

Austrian home automation specialist Loxone have this morning launched their latest controller, the Miniserver GO. Aimed squarely at the retro-fit market, the GO can communicate cable-free with up to 128 devices using the 868MHz Loxone Air wireless technology (915MHz ISM Band Region 2). We’ve had a chance to try out a pre-production sample of the tiny […]

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Raspberry Pi Addon Pi-mote Controls Smart Home Sockets with Python

Energenie have launched a Raspberry Pi add-on that attaches via the GPIO connector and offers a low cost home control solution. Our best-selling remote control sockets are now available with a controller board for Pi. Whether you are a Pi newcomer, hacker, or Python sage you will be able to control your electrical sockets within a […]

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Thread: A New Wireless Networking Protocol for the Home

‘Thread’ is a new IP-based wireless networking protocol for the smart home. Nest and Samsung are Thread Group founding members along with Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM. Thread recon there needs to be a low power mesh network in your home, in addition to Wi-Fi, that allows networked devices without requiring constant […]

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New RFXCOM RFXtrx433E Adds Somfy RTS Motor Control

We use the excellent RFXtrx433 with our Mac based Indigo home automation setup.  Now there’s a new version of the wireless smart home swiss army knife, the RFXtrx433E. This E version replaces the older model and has additional hardware that makes it possible to control Somfy RTS motors. In addition the RFXCOM unit can now work […]

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Video: Loxone Launch Wireless Retro-Fit Home Automation Add-ons

The Loxone Home automation system has been around since 2008 and this week they have launched a brand new wireless addition to their range. The ‘Loxone Air’ system employs wireless mesh technology (868MHz ) as well as bi-directional comms for acknowledgement and status. The system offers easier installation for the retro-fit market and should help to cement Loxone as […]

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Apple iBeacons Explained – Smart Home Occupancy Sensing Solved?

Reliable occupancy sensing has long been the bane of the home automator.  A PIR detects if someone moves, but once they sit down to watch TV they disappear.  If you are trying to switch off lights automatically in unoccupied areas then you can soon run into problems.  How many of us recognise the ‘wave your […]

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ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Ratified

The ZigBee Alliance have just ratified v1.2 of ZigBee, full PR follows… The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is […]

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