Hauppauge Getting Into Home Automation

I must confess to doing a double-take when reading a headline indicating that Hauppauge (yes, the TV tuner OEM) announced a Z-Wave enabled hub at IFA.

Over at IFA in Berlin, Hauppauge has revealed two new smart home kits compatible with Z-Wave wireless technology, which allow you to control lights and electrical appliances in your house, among other things. The kits are offered in two flavours – a Control Starter Kit and a Security Starter Kit, the former being aimed at home automation, and the latter has an emphasis on monitoring and security with a camera unit included. Both are built around the mySmarthome Main Controller hub (pictured), which is hooked up to the user’s router, and comes pre-configured to control up to 5 Z-Wave devices out of the box (though that number can be expanded). Android and iOS apps can then be used to control the various smart devices in your house.