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Useful Gadget of the Week: Dimmable Megaman 6 Watt GU10 LED Bulbs

You could spend days trawling on-line forums reading opinions on LED light bulbs. There’s such a vast range of quality, price and colours to look at, and that’s before you get into dimming performance. Some time ago I asked an installer friend to recommend a bulb for us to replace the halogen GU10’s in our kitchen. From his […]

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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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Review: SmartRules App Promises Easier Logic Programming for SmartThings

If you consider the SmartThings app (and all the other SmartApps within) confusing then this may be just what you’ve been looking for. SmartRules is a 3rd party app from obycode that promises to make it easier to program powerful If While Then logic for your SmartThings system. This weekends latest release (v1.4) includes first time support […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a LightwaveRF Heating Control Kit Worth £160

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we’re giving away a LightwaveRF Heating Control Kit Worth £160! LightwaveRF is the UKs number one designer and manufacturer of smart home devices. Their range includes dimmers, sockets and heating devices […]

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Simple Hub is New Android Powered Hardware for Smart Home Control

Simple Control (formerly Roomie Remote) have just added the new Simple Hub to their product line-up. This ‘Simple Sync + Hub’ combination of the new Android powered hardware and the sync software adds advanced Simple Control features… The Simple Sync + Hub is a the best way to add Simple Sync to your system. The Simple Hub has […]

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Low Power Long Range 802.11ah “Wi-Fi HaLow” For IoT & Smart Home

This week the Wi-Fi Alliance announced products based on the new IEEE 802.11ah standard are to be know as “Wi-Fi HaLow”. HaLow takes Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, almost doubling its range whilst lowering power requirements and making it more suitable for IoT sensor, smart home tech and wearables. Wi-Fi HaLow operates in frequency bands below one gigahertz, offering […]

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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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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a Lifetime Plex Pass Worth £120

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. To kick off here’s your chance to win one of two Lifetime Plex Passes Worth £120 each! You know by now that we’ve been huge Plex fans since the early days, even before […]

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2 Decades of Smart Home Blogging – Automated Home’s 20th Anniversary

It was 1996. John Major was Prime Minister and Bill Clinton was in the White House. Mad Cow Disease had just hit Britain and The Spice Girls were at the top of the charts. If you’re an old git like me then that will all sound like 5 years ago. But it’s been two decades since the year I started writing about […]

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