Automated Home eBay Collections – Tech Ideas for your Smart Home

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing and with all the amazing choice on eBay it can sometimes be hard to see the wood for the trees.  So when the eBay team asked us to try out their brand new ‘Collections’ feature we couldn’t wait to get started. eBay collections […]

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Exclusive Interview: Mark Walters On ‘Z-Wave Plus’ The Next Generation

Recently the Z-Wave Alliance got in touch with Automated Home and offered us some one on one time with their Chairman, Mark Walters. We chatted about the next generation of Z-Wave, other wireless technologies and the chances of an overriding standard for the smart home. The Seattle based executive has been involved in home automation […]

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Chromecast Now Officially Available in the UK for £30

We got our hands on a Chromecast last November [thanks Trev] and were pretty blown away with the bang-for-buck rating on the little fella. That was before Plex announced support for the device making it hands down one of the best value media streamers around. Now Google have finally made the chromecast available on the UK […]

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Video: HomeSeer WFTT07 Android Tabletop Touchscreen Controller

If you’re already running a HomeSeer HSTouch system then pay attention. The new WFTT07 7″ WiFi-enabled tabletop touchscreen unit may be just what you’ve been looking for to control your HomeSeer home automation system.  The tablet is a free standing touchscreen that features a 800 x 480 7″ Capacitive Touchscreen and runs at Android Ice Cream Sandwich on its ARM Cortex […]

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Bargain: £70 Off Vera 3 Z-Wave Home Automation Controller

For a limited time Vesternet are offering £70 (35%) off the Vera 3 controller, when you purchase it along with some other kit.  So if you’re thinking of starting off in Z-Wave home automation now’s your chance.  Details and voucher code below… The Vera Lite is going to be out of stock everywhere for a […]

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Review: Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 ZigBee Appliance Control & Energy Monitoring

Automated Home’s favourite contributing reviewer, Ant Skelton, has spent the last few week putting the Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 kit through its paces.  Here’s what he found… Plugwise are a Dutch company who’ve been making energy monitoring products since 2006. The Home Stretch 2.0 is their £354 basic starter kit, and they offer a number of add-on […]

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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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TeaCP/IP – Hacking the iKettle

TeaCP/IP. surely the best Automated Home article title ever eh, get it, huh?  OK, never mind. Two Automated Home readers have set about hacking the Wi-Fi water boiler from iKettle with some pretty cool results. After lots of port scanning, packet sniffing and general neck bearded geekery they have both published their findings. Check out […]

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Synology Releases NAS DiskStation Manager v5.0

Last month in our Synology 1813+ NAS review we mentioned DSM v5 was undergoing beta testing and was waiting in the wings.  Well today Synology have announced the first public release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, their latest NAS operating system for DiskStations and RackStations.  Check out the full PR and links below. “Designed with an entirely […]

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ImperiHome Android Home Automation App Adds Zipabox Support

ImperiHome have announced that the latest release of their Android Home Automation app now supports the Zipato Zipabox.  That’s on top of the support for other smart home systems like Vera, Netatmo, Zibase, Eco-Devices, Sony Smartwatch 2, IP CCTV, Fortrezz Leak sensors,and the IPX800. There’s support for voice recognition and NFC Tags, a chart module and an API too. […]

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