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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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Video: Unboxing the Ubiquiti UniFi Wi-Fi Access Point

Last month’s post on the Ubiquiti UniFi Wi-Fi Access Point’s we were considering for the Automated Home created a lot of interest.  So now they’ve arrived we thought we’d join all the cool kids and post a quick Vine ‘unboxing’ (shudder) video showing the included ceiling mount hardware and PoE adaptor.. ubnt.com/unifi   :   Available from linitx.com Want More? – Follow […]

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Quality Home Wi-Fi Networks with Ubiquiti UniFi

Many of us simply rely on the router from our ISP to provide our home wireless Internet access.  However for others with larger homes, thicker walls, multiple users or guest network requirements, that’s often not enough.  In addition, most routers are plugged into the master socket in our houses which can be in a location that’s far from […]

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Motorised Radiator Valve Harvests Thermal Energy for Battery Free Operation

German manufactures Micropelt are producing an intelligent thermostatic radiator valve (iTRV) that uses a thermogenerator chip to convert thermal energy (heat) into electricity.  This allows them to create a battery-free self powering unit that, in condjuction with its build in EnOcean radio, becomes part of a smart home heating control system. Check out the video below… Smart valve […]

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Control4 Announces New Wireless Lighting Control Family

Control4 have announced a new family of of wireless lighting control products.  The company says they reduce programming complexity and are ideal for both for retrofit and new build projects. The new Control4 Wireless Lighting family includes Keypads, Switches, Controllers and Dimmers.  Make sure to check out both videos below… Control4, a market leader in home automation systems, today […]

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