Is Thread 1.2 The One True HA Protocol?

With real support for BTLE, and massive sensor pools, Thread 1.2 takes a major step forward towards being the home automation (HA) protocol that can really do everything. Even more importantly, all the big players (cough… newcomers) are lining up behind it, so there is massive backing. While I personally have a [mostly] Z-Wave installation at home, I would love […]

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Kwikset Announces Halo Wi-Fi Smart Lock

Details are still a bit thin on the ground, but Kwikset is bringing out a Wi-Fi enabled deadbolt lock. Wi-Fi is obviously a much lower bar to entry than a proper home automation hub/system, so I can see why they are doing it. But, if it’s just an isolated lock, with no chance of integration with other systems (even the […]

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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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Fibaro Flood Sensor

Going to try a new quick review format with the Fibaro Flood Sensor. Hopefully it works :). Quick device profile, note that the battery has 37% of life left after about 18 months of use. Add the video showing it in action:

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