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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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Weekend Project: Setting up Home Assistant on your PC or Mac

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3 Earlier this week version 0.18 was released and with it even more support for a wide range of hardware and software like Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Hue, Nest, WeMo, MQTT, WebOS TV, Roomba, Sonos, Plex – the list goes on and on. Community member tktino has made three getting […]

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Fibaro Swipe Brings Z-Wave Gesture Control to your Smart Home

We got our hands on the new Fibaro Swipe for the first time at the Gadget Show Live last weekend. The device looks like a regular photo frame, but behind the picture of your choice lies some gesture detecting smarts plus a Z-Wave Plus radio. Now a wave of your hand can trigger any number of responses from your […]

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Aeotec Door Window Sensor 6 is Minimal Z-Wave Plus Device from Aeon Labs

The new Aeotec Door / Window Sensor 6 is a Z-Wave Plus sensor from Aeon Labs that’s designed with a minimal look to fade into the background, rather than stick out like a sore thumb. To aid with that the 9 x 72 mm ABS plastic body has been designed to be painted so you can colour it to blend […]

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Remotec ZRC-90 is Removable Wall Mount Z-Wave Scene Controller

The ZRC-90 from Remotec is a new Z-Wave Scene Controller. Its 8 buttons can be used to trigger actions and scenes in your central Z-Wave controller. The unit comes with a wall mount bracket and its battery power means it can be sited almost anywhere around your home (2 x AAA batteries give ~ 1 year […]

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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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