Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2019

Top 20 Automated Home Posts 2019

2019 was one to remember.

Automated Home v2.0 - The Design

It was the year that work got underway on the Automated Home 2.0 – thank you for following along with our project.

Our Self Build blog takes more than a quarter of the top twenty this year with posts on our Floor Plan, Choosing our Architect, The House Design, and our PTZ CCTV building site watching camera all among your favourites so far.

New 2nd Generation Loxone Miniserver

Also amongst your favourites was the post on our ideas for the new Loxone System that will power the new Automated Home 2.0. It’s been great working with Epitome Living, planning our install.

Despite only being posted in December, the first part of our UniFi Network series saw amazing traffic and made it all the way to number 9 in a few short weeks!

We’re really looking forward to updating you on Loxone and UniFi in particular so look out for plenty more AH2 updates in the new year as first fix electrics continue and we head towards our summer deadline to move in.

Ubiquiti UniFi 48 Port PoE Switch

The always popular Home Assistant features again this year in a mashup with MQTT and IFTTT. ComfortClick launched their new Colibri system in 2019 billed as the First Z-Wave Hub for Professional Projects and it made to number 18.

Tesla Model 3

2019 was also the year that my electric dreams came true when the Tesla arrived after more than 3 years of waiting.

It was one of the first Model 3’s in the country and it has been a revelation. There are 2 Tesla posts in this years top 20 including my comprehensive review after the first 3,500 miles. As ever I’d encourage you to consider an EV as your next car.

Number 11 sees another innovation for Philips with their new Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. Judging by some of the comments in our new Automated Home Facebook Group Hue is by far your favourite smart lighting system.

Automated Home FB Group

The new Homey v2, Nuimo’s switches and Lightwave’s mini relay all made it to the Top 10 and our 3D printed smart home accessories post made it to the bronze medal position.

The cool little Remootio garage door Bluetooth and WiFi remote seemed like an ideal DIY smart home project and made it all the way to number 2.

But there was nothing that even came close to our number 1 this year, as the traffic to this post was head and shoulders above everything else. It’s a bitter sweet affair though. The Den range of smart home products were launched in February and created a real buzz. However confirmation came just a few weeks ago that the company is heading into liquidation.

New UK Smart Home Range from Den

On a more positive note, on the 18th of December Amazon, Apple, Google and Zigbee revealed they are to develop a new Open Source Smart Connected Home Over IP Standard. Just a day later Z-Wave fired back with an announcement of their own. Could this be the standard the industry is crying out for? If nothing else it may confirm the smart home’s future is IP over WiFi, replacing the need for all those proprietary hubs.

Check out your entire top 20 below. Thank you for your support once again and a Happy New Year to you all!

M.

20. DIY Smart Home Hack Uses IFTTT API to Trigger MQTT Home Assistant Action

19. Automated Home 2.0 – #11 Our Floor Plan

18. ComfortClick Launches Colibri – the First Z-Wave Hub for Professional Projects

17. Automated Home 2.0 – #13 Here’s What We’re Planning for Our Loxone Smart Home

16. Automated Home 2.0 – #10 Here’s Our New House Design

15. Collecting My Tesla Model 3 Today – A Petrol Head’s Journey to the Electric Side

14. Automated Home 2.0 – #05 Choosing Our Architect

13. New Dyson Lightcycle Lamp Adjusts for Daylight, Age, Tasks & Lasts 60 Years

12. TV Lights with New Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box

11. UK Double Wall Socket with Built-In WiFi Repeater & USB Charging

10. Lightwave Reveals New Smart Mini Relay

09. Automated Home 2.0 – #14 Why I’ve Chosen UniFi for Our New Home Network

08. Nuimo Click Uses Energy Harvesting Tech for Wireless Sonos & Philips Hue Wall Switches

07. Homey Announce v2.0 Plus Homey Pro – Z-Wave, ZigBee, WiFi, BLE, IR, 433 & 868 MHz

06. Automated Home 2.0 – #04 Awesome PTZ CCTV Camera to Watch Our Self Build Remotely

05. Tesla Model 3 UK – The First 3,500 Mile Mega Review

04. Check Out This Cool Budget Wall Controller Setup using Home Assistant

03. 15 Cool Home Automation Accessories to 3D Print for Your Smart Home

02. Video: Inexpensive Remootio Interface Makes Gates & Garage Doors Smart

01. Den Automation Launches UK Smart Home Range with Cool Self Moving Switches

BONUS: Top 20 Products

Here are the top 20 most popular items bought through our Amazon Affiliate store in 2019. This remains the easiest way for you to support this site – many thanks.

01. Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer Switch

Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer Switch V1 (Installation Exclusive for Philips Hue Lights)
5,219 Reviews
Philips Hue Smart Wireless Dimmer Switch V1 (Installation Exclusive for Philips Hue Lights)
  • Brighten and Dim Your Smart Lights - Wirelessly turn your lights up or down via the battery-powered dimmer switch v1
  • What's Required? - Nothing. You can pair your dimmer switch with your Philips Hue lights with or without a bridge. Instructions included in packaging
  • Remote Control - The Hue Dimmer switch is magnetic and can be removed from the base plate, allowing you to use the dimmer switch as a handy remote control

02. WiFi Smart Power Strip with Alexa Google Assistant and SmartThings Remote Control Voice Control

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WiFi 3 Gang Extension Lead with 4 USB Slots, Meross Mounted Plug Extesion Sockets with 6ft/1.8m Extesion Cable Compatible with Alexa Google Assistant, and SmartThings
862 Reviews
WiFi 3 Gang Extension Lead with 4 USB Slots, Meross Mounted Plug Extesion Sockets with 6ft/1.8m Extesion Cable Compatible with Alexa Google Assistant, and SmartThings
  • [Extension Lead with USB Slots] - Extension leads with 3 AC outlets, 100-240V~ 10A maximum load, 4 USB 2.4A for single USB port. Switch on/off each outlet individually via meross App or by voice command. It is a must-have plug extender and bedside charging station for college dorm room, cruise ship, office and home. No hub or bridge required.
  • [Multi Protection Design] - Our power strip is certified by CE and ROHs, and prevent your electric devices from over-current/over-charge/short circuit/over-heated. Built-in child lock that protect your children and pets from each unused outlet and any unexpected electric shock. High-quality fire-resistant PC material makes it fireproof up to 640℃.
  • [Set Schedule & Timer] - You can create a group for all of your smart devices and control them all with just one command. With the countdown timer feature, simply set a timer for the Smart Power strip to turn off its appliance automatically.

03. Meross Smart Garage Door Remote Control

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Meross Smart Garage Door Opener Remote Control Add-On to Existing Garage Opener Compatible with Amazon Alexa Google Home SmartThings IFTTT
3,169 Reviews
Meross Smart Garage Door Opener Remote Control Add-On to Existing Garage Opener Compatible with Amazon Alexa Google Home SmartThings IFTTT
  • Alexa and Google Assistant Voice Control - Turn on/off the door by giving a voice command. NO NEED to pay the monthly subscription fee.
  • Smartphone Remote Control - Active your garage door opener by tapping on the Meross app by driving near your garage door. Let your family members, guests or couriers enter through the garage door while you are cooking or not at home.
  • Gate Opener We Support - Meross smart garage door opener works with all major brands of electric roller or sectional garage door openers, e.g. Hormann, Chamberlain, Skylink, Liftmaster, Somfy, Sommer, Stanley, BFT, FAAC, CAME, Nice. If it works with yours—check online before you buy—it’s definitively the one to get.

04. Samotech Light Switch Cover for Philips Hue Dimmer

Samotech® Light Switch Cover for Philips Hue Dimmer V1 - Adapter - Converter (SM200)
1,426 Reviews
Samotech® Light Switch Cover for Philips Hue Dimmer V1 - Adapter - Converter (SM200)
  • ✔️ FOR THE V1 HUE DIMMER! Light Switch plate cover for Hue Wireless Dimmer V1 to allow fitting to standard UK & EU light switches
  • ✔️ Helps to aesthetically restrict access to a physical light switch, thus preventing an accidental switching off and keeping Philips Hue bulbs connected to the power source 24/7
  • ✔️ Universal design and high compatibility with many wall light switches ranging from 80x80mm up to 92x92mm in size

05. Drayton Wiser Smart Heating Radiator Thermostat

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Drayton Wiser Smart Heating Radiator Thermostat Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
1,696 Reviews
Drayton Wiser Smart Heating Radiator Thermostat Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
  • This radiator thermostat is only designed to work alongside an existing Wiser Smart Heating System with a Wiser Heat Hub. Replace your existing radiator TRV valves to give room-by-room heating control.
  • Simply screw off/on existing TRV radiator valves and replace with Wiser smart thermostats to expand your current system. Works with 90% of existing valves. An adaptor to fit the Danfoss RA valve is included in every box.
  • Add up to 32 smart radiator thermostats in up to 16 different rooms/zones. Begin with 1 radiator thermostat and add more over time. 1 Thermostat required per radiator for maximum comfort and energy saving.

06. Aurora Enlite White Warm White COB LED GU10 Ceiling Downlight


07. Rode VideoMicro Compact On Camera Microphone

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Rode VideoMicro Compact On Camera Microphone - Assorted Colors
14,070 Reviews
Rode VideoMicro Compact On Camera Microphone - Assorted Colors
  • Compact size and lightweight - only 80mm (3') long and 42gm (1.5oz)
  • All-metal microphone body
  • No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power - min 3v)

08. SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB microSDHC Memory Card

SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB microSDHC Memory Card + SD Adapter with A1 App Performance + Rescue Pro Deluxe 100 MB/s Class 10, UHS-I, U3, V30 SDSQXCG-032G-GN6MA, Red/Gold
34,912 Reviews
SanDisk Extreme Pro 32 GB microSDHC Memory Card + SD Adapter with A1 App Performance + Rescue Pro Deluxe 100 MB/s Class 10, UHS-I, U3, V30 SDSQXCG-032G-GN6MA, Red/Gold
  • Pro performance of up to 100/90MB/s read/write speeds for faster transfer and capturing
  • Shoot continuous burst mode, Full HD and 4K UHD video
  • UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed Class 30 (V30) ratings for 4K UHD video

09. BG Electrical Double Switched Power Socket and Wi-Fi Repeater

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BG Electrical 922UWR-01 Double Switched 13 A Fast Charging Power Socket with USB Charger and Wi-Fi Repeater, 2.1 A, 5 V, 10.5 W, Round Edge, White
1,289 Reviews
BG Electrical 922UWR-01 Double Switched 13 A Fast Charging Power Socket with USB Charger and Wi-Fi Repeater, 2.1 A, 5 V, 10.5 W, Round Edge, White
  • FOR IMPROVED Wi-Fi COVERAGE THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME: Comes this double power socket with a USB charging port and a Wi-Fi repeater from BG Electrical
  • POSITION AND INSTALL HALFWAY BETWEEN YOUR ROUTER AND THE Wi-Fi DEAD ZONE: For you to enjoy seamless Wi-Fi connection when using computers, tablets, mobile phones, games console’s and TV’s
  • SLEEK AND SLIM SINGLE SWITCHED DOUBLE POWER SOCKET: As well as being a handy Wi-Fi repeater, it also includes two power sockets and a USB charging port with fast charging technology

10. Philips Hue Starter Kit

Philips Hue White A19 E27 60 W Equivalent Smart Bulb Starter Kit (2 Hue White Bulbs and a Bridge, Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
1,470 Reviews
Philips Hue White A19 E27 60 W Equivalent Smart Bulb Starter Kit (2 Hue White Bulbs and a Bridge, Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
  • With everything you need to get started, this easy-to-use kit comes with two A19 E27 Hue white LED smart bulbs, able to fit standard table lamps and the Philips Hue Bridge that can control up to 50 lights
  • Install the LED lights as you would install ordinary bulbs; they are pre-paired with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue app
  • Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor.

11. TOMMOX 75W USB C PD Charger 4-Port

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TOMMOX USB C Charger, Premium 75W 4-Port Desktop Wall Charger with One 60W Power Delivery Port for for MacBook Pro, Nintendo, Samsung, iPhone 11 / iPhone 11 Pro/XS/XR/X, iPad
120 Reviews
TOMMOX USB C Charger, Premium 75W 4-Port Desktop Wall Charger with One 60W Power Delivery Port for for MacBook Pro, Nintendo, Samsung, iPhone 11 / iPhone 11 Pro/XS/XR/X, iPad
  • [ Smart USB C Fast Charger ]:Smart USB C PD fully recharges your Macbook pro 2016/2017,Samsung Galaxy 8/S8/S9. Smart Out(5V/3A,9V/3A,15V/3A,20V/3A),MAX OUT up to 60W.
  • [ Smart Hiffecient Tech 3.0]:Equipped with Hiffecient Adaptive Charging Technology, One *18W USB 3.0 Can support a lot of mobile phone fast charge,smart out(3.6V-6V/3A,6-9V/2A,9-12V/3A).
  • [2 USB-A]two standard USB-A ports deliver safe and reliable charging power for all 5V USB gadgets at up to 2.4A across both ports

12. Silicondust HDHomeRun CONNECT QUATRO Network DVB-T/T2 TV Tuner

SiliconDust HDHomeRun CONNECT QUATRO Network DVB-T/T2 TV Tuner that works with our DVR software – (HDHR5-4DT)
363 Reviews
SiliconDust HDHomeRun CONNECT QUATRO Network DVB-T/T2 TV Tuner that works with our DVR software – (HDHR5-4DT)
  • 4 tuners which work with Free-To-Air broadcast HDTV (DVB-T and DVB-T2) across the UK from your digital TV aerial
  • Send HDTV via your existing home Wi-Fi or wired network to the widest range of smart Devices
  • Pause on one device and resume on another with multi-user, multi-device, multi-room seamless viewing. Use Our Slice view EPG to choose your channel and plan your viewing

13. Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal Fabric
432,995 Reviews
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal Fabric
  • Our most popular smart speaker: now with a fabric design and improved speaker for richer and louder sound.
  • Voice control your music: stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.
  • Bigger, better sound: pair with a second Echo Dot for rich, stereo sound. Fill your home with music with compatible Echo devices in different rooms.

14. Sonoff Dual R2 Smart WiFi Switch

SONOFF Dual R2 Smart WiFi Switch, 2 Gang Light Switch, Works with Amazon Alexa/Google Home/IFTTT, APP Remote Control, Voice Control, Timer Function, Support LAN Control, No Hub Required
797 Reviews
SONOFF Dual R2 Smart WiFi Switch, 2 Gang Light Switch, Works with Amazon Alexa/Google Home/IFTTT, APP Remote Control, Voice Control, Timer Function, Support LAN Control, No Hub Required
  • 【 APP Remote Control 】eWeLink APP enables you to control the SONOFF device anywhere with one tap via iOS & Android smart phone, no distance limitation. The 2 gang smart switch allows you to control two lights or other home devices independently
  • 【 Schedule Automatic Control 】By presetting timers or schedules on eWeLink App, a lamp can be automatically turned on/off at a specific time. Automate your home appliances via different timing schedules
  • 【 Smart Scene 】 You can create smart scenes in order that one SONOFF device can trigger on/off another one or gather multiple devices into one group and tap to run them together

15. eQ-3 141227C1 CC-RT-M-TFC Radiator Thermostat

eQ-3 141227C1 CC-RT-M-TFC Radiator Thermostat, White
431 Reviews
eQ-3 141227C1 CC-RT-M-TFC Radiator Thermostat, White
  • The slim radiator thermostat allows exact temperature adjustment and time-controlled regulation of the room temperature.
  • Easy to install without draining water, the need of special tools or intervening in the heating system.
  • M30 x 1.5 mm suitable for most popular valve manufacturers like Heimeier, MNG, Honeywell-Braukmann, Oventrop, Schlösser, Comap, Valf Sanayii, Idmar, Jaga, Junkers, Pegler, R.B.M., Watts (adapter for Danfoss RA, RAV and RAVL is NOT supplied).

16. Lightwave Connect Series 1 Gang Smart Socket

Lightwave JSJSLW260SS LW260SS Connect Series Smart Socket, Stainless Steel, 1 Gang
6 Reviews
Lightwave JSJSLW260SS LW260SS Connect Series Smart Socket, Stainless Steel, 1 Gang
  • Remote controllable single power socket that operates the same as a standard one
  • Intelligent Power Control, Wirelessly control devices in the Home, Save Energy
  • Intuitive, easy to setup, use standalone or together with other LightwaveRF's Home Automation Devices

17. Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5, Z-Wave Plus USB to Create Gateway

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Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5, Z-Wave Plus USB to create gateway, White
76 Reviews
Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5, Z-Wave Plus USB to create gateway, White
  • Works with Windows / Mac / Linux (including Raspberry Pi) to create a Z-Wave gateway for control of Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus devices.
  • Tiny but powerful; 1.1 x 0.4 x 3.5 inches in size and capable of controlling up to 232 different Z-Wave devices. package: 1x Z-Stick Gen5, 1x Manual, the others are not included.
  • Can be used to upgrade the firmware of compatible Z-Wave Plus devices that can accept OTA / wirelss firmware upgrades.

18. Philips Hue White Ambiance Dimmable LED Smart GU10 Spot 2 Pack

Philips Hue Ambiance Personal Wireless Lighting, White, GU10, 5.5 Watts, Set of 2
1,643 Reviews
Philips Hue Ambiance Personal Wireless Lighting, White, GU10, 5.5 Watts, Set of 2
  • Mimic sunrise and sunset for natural wakeup/go-to-sleep, with personalization (power wake-up/relaxing wake-up). Place it anywhere - designed to fit perfectly as a standard GU10 Spot
  • Care for your daily well-being light recipes - Improved current 4 lighting recipes and new wellbeing related recipes (Circadian rhythm, Jet Lag, etc.)
  • Wi-fi controlled LED light with Light temperatures varying from warm white (2200K) to cool white(6500K) light , Operational temperature - 0 degree celsius - 40 degree celsius

19. Ubiquiti UAP-AC-IW Unifi AP-AC-IW IN WALL Access Point


20. Sonoff Dual R2 Smart WiFi Switch, 2 Gang Light Switch

SONOFF Dual R2 Smart WiFi Switch, 2 Gang Light Switch, Works with Amazon Alexa/Google Home/IFTTT, APP Remote Control, Voice Control, Timer Function, Support LAN Control, No Hub Required
797 Reviews
SONOFF Dual R2 Smart WiFi Switch, 2 Gang Light Switch, Works with Amazon Alexa/Google Home/IFTTT, APP Remote Control, Voice Control, Timer Function, Support LAN Control, No Hub Required
  • 【 APP Remote Control 】eWeLink APP enables you to control the SONOFF device anywhere with one tap via iOS & Android smart phone, no distance limitation. The 2 gang smart switch allows you to control two lights or other home devices independently
  • 【 Schedule Automatic Control 】By presetting timers or schedules on eWeLink App, a lamp can be automatically turned on/off at a specific time. Automate your home appliances via different timing schedules
  • 【 Smart Scene 】 You can create smart scenes in order that one SONOFF device can trigger on/off another one or gather multiple devices into one group and tap to run them together

Last update on 2021-05-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

2 Comments on "Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2019"

  1. Definitely at interesting year for Automated Home and plenty more to come in 2020 with the new Home 2.0 coming on line.

    The year ended on an interesting note too with the announcement from some familiar names, Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance, to create an open source standard for the smart home. Let’s see how that plays out but the comparisons between Z-wave/Zigbee and VHS/Betamax have already started!

    Keep up the good work Mark, wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020!

  2. @Mark B – thanks Mark, and to you!

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