Zooz 4-in-1 Sensor

The Zooz 4-in-1 sensor is a reasonably priced way to add motion, light level, humidity, and temperature sensing capability to your home via a home automation controller. Pro: Good price Once paired, work very well Four sensors from one device Con: Z-Wave pairing process is onerous  

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Zooz ZEN21 v3 Z Wave Switch

Zooz is a brand of Z-Wave devices that I hadn’t heard of until recently. But after discovering them, and quite liking the price of the units (~$27). They have become one of my favorite devices. Frankly, what isn’t to like about a device that works, and makes it really easy to support a 3-way install? Device properties: Pro: Cheap Works […]

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Homeseer HS-FS100-W Flood Sensor

Here’s another quick review, but this time for the Homeseer HS-FS100-W flood sensor. After watching the video below, make sure that you check out how the Fibaro device handled the same test. Z-Wave summary for the Homeseer HS-FS100-W flood sensor As we can see, things did not go quite according to plan. I’m not sure what the problem was here, […]

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Hubitat releases new, sleeker Elevation home automation controller with Z-Wave and Zigbee

I had a chance to chat with Hubitat at CES a few weeks ago and was very impressed with their home automation controller. What impressed me more, was their approach and passion for doing things right. So I’m very interested in their new Elevation hub. It checks all the right boxes, with Z-Wave/Zigbee radios, and Amazon Alexa/Google Home integration. Best […]

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ROOMME @ CES 2019

Personalized room based home automation is tricky business. Not everyone wants to install RFID readers in the doorways, or carry around the cards :). Roomme takes on this problem by using a $69 smoke alarm sized BTLE sensors attached the ceiling in each room that senses when your mobile phone enters the room to trigger a scene. The approach is […]

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ECOVACS DEEBOT @ CES 2019

We have a love/hate relationship with our robot vacuums. Our Roomba mostly works OK (apart from the persistent beaching events), but the Neato is affectionately* named “Help Me” because of how much intervention is required to actually get it to complete a run. Some of this comes down to the underwhelming intelligence in the device, and some of it is, […]

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