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My Automated Home: Raspberry Pi + Node-Red + MQTT & Amazon Echo

In our latest My Automated Home feature, Dave McLaughlin takes us through his journey developing his own smart home system. With some DIY upgrades to existing home automation hardware and some clever software integration he’s built a fascinating system… In the Beginning Having used Homeseer and a number of wired and wireless devices whilst in the UK, […]

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The Best Mac Home Automation Platform Gets Even Better with Indigo v7 Release

The guys at Indigo Domotics have been working hard for more than a year on their latest release and earlier this week they launched v7. Indigo 7 has dropped the ‘Lite’ option as it goes all ‘Pro’. The developers have clearly identified that the strength of the system is in its ability to integrate a variety of evolving smart […]

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Found Video: My SmartThings Home Automation Set Up

Here’ an interesting video showing a Samsung SmartThings setup in a US home. Peter Anania talks us through his journey from X10 to Z-Wave showing how he uses the Amazon Echo to add voice control to his apartment via Alexa. In addition he uses the Logitech Harmony remote from app on an Amazon Fire tablet. There’s motion activated lighting, a PTZ […]

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O2 Home – Smart Home Technology for the Clueless?

Last week UK mobile operator O2 launched their home automation service. O2 recon they’ve found a market based on findings like this… New research announced today reveals that despite a massive 73% of people interested in future proofing their homes with smart technology, only 5% are currently planning to install it in 2016. They will setup the system […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 3 – Safety & Security

Welcome to the third instalment of our review of the Devolo Home Control range. So far we have the starter pack up running with some additional motion detection and switching capabilities. We have tested many aspects of the myDevolo app, adding devices, creating groups, rules and scenes. We will now look at the safety and security […]

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Qubino Z-Wave Plus Weather Station

Qubino’s smart home Weather Station has 4 sensors which can measure 10 different data points. The Wind Gauge is powered by a solar panel and measures wind direction, wind velocity, wind gust, wind chill and temperature. The Rain Gauge measures, you guessed it, rainfall and the 2 Thermo-Hygro sensors can measure indoor / outdoor temperature and indoor / outdoor humidity. RELATED: Popp Z-Wave […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 2 – Motion Detection and Switching

Building on the Starter pack it is natural to extend the scope of the system by adding some additional devices and Devolo have provided a good range of options. Motion detection One of the next most obvious additions is the Motion Detector (Art No: 9503) that costs around £50. The first thing that strikes us is […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 1 – Starter Pack

Interested in having a ‘smart home’? Want to do more than just switch a few lights on and off? Want to save energy and cut down on your electric and fuel bills? Want a higher level of convenience and security for your home? Well Devolo think they might have the answer and it’s called Home […]

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Fortrezz MIMOLite Z-wave Multi Input Output Universal Bridge

  Here’s a module that should be ideal to bridge your DIY projects to your Z-Wave network.. The Fortrezz MIMOlite is an interface / bridge module, capable of converting a digital or analog voltage input and/or a Z-WaveTM RF message input to a dry contact relay output and/or a Z-WaveTM RF message output. The MIMOlite module […]

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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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