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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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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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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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Video: Zipato Reveal ZipaTILE Wall Mount Smart Home Controller

Zipato have revealed their new wall mount home automation controller ahead of CES 2016. Looking like the Kylo Ren of the smart home world, the Android powered unit (v5 Lollipop) incorporates an 8″ touchscreen (800 x 1280), 6 programmable scene buttons as well as sensors for Sound, Light, Humidity, Temperature, Motion and Shock. In addition there’s on-board dual […]

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Say Hello, Z-Wave Goodbye

Part of the attraction of a Z-Wave smart home setup is the great range of hardware modules on offer. There are currently 375 different manufacturers producing over 1,500 unique Z-Wave modules. Impressive. The Problem But even though Z-Wave is a ‘standard’ there’s a growing issue that needs to be addressed. Every time a new device is launched you have […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Aeon Labs Aeotec Z-Wave Range Extender

Part of the attraction of the Z-Wave system is its ‘Mesh Network’ capability. Each wireless device can act like a little repeater, receiving packets not meant for it but passing them on, hence growing the effecting range of the originating device and helping the message get through. However there can still be areas around your home where […]

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SmartThings + Raspberry Pi & Homebridge = Siri HomeKit Controlled Smart Home

Here’s everything you need to get Siri controlling your Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue lighting and Sonos using a Raspberry Pi running Homebridge. Automated Home reader (and media producer) Paul Gale takes us through his step-by-step guide finishing up with a rather impressive seasonal smart home video. “Hey Siri, make it Christmas!” Or how to get Siri to control HomeKit and non-HomeKit devices […]

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At Last: New Z-Wave DIN Rail Dimmer from Qubino

If you’ve been looking for a Z-Wave dimmer in a DIN Rail mountable format (perhaps to upgrade from X10 dimmers) you’ve pretty much been out of luck, unless you cobbled something together yourself, until now. Qubino, smart home specialist from Slovenia, have released their new MOSFET switching (trailing edge) Z-Wave dimmer in a DIN Rail form factor. The unit […]

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Video: Zipato Z-Wave Siren

The Zipato indoor multichannel siren uses the new Z-Wave 500 series chip supporting multichannel operation and higher data rates (96/40/100kbps) and you can choose from six different alarm sounds. Always know when your Z-Wave system detects a problem by installing the Zipato Z-Wave Indoor Multi-Sound Siren. This loud, multi-channel siren works with any Z-Wave controller, […]

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Z/IP ZIPR Expands Z-Wave Networks to Thousands of Devices Over IP

In days gone by, if you were planning a mega Z-Wave install you may have paused to consider the maximum number of nodes allowed. But now that there’s a two-way IP to Z-Wave bridge available most of those limitations go way. The ZIPR is a Gateway reference design and now it has been rolled out to some large commercial […]

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