NEST TEMPERATURE SENSOR NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

  Nest is adding to its thermostat products with the introduction of the Nest Temperature Sensor. A significant limitation of a learning thermostat can be its limited sensor range – thermostat tucked away in a back hallway anyone? These should improve the learning curve. The Nest Temperature Sensor is only compatible with 3rd Gen and E thermostats. The press release […]

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Ecobee Switch+ now up for pre-order

If you’re planning to put an Amazon Echo Dot and a home automation (HA) controllable light switch in every room, I guess I can see the value in the $99 Ecobee Switch+. But, I’m not convinced that I want to tie my home so tightly to the Amazon ecosystem, especially because in my experience the 3rd party Alexa experience kinda […]

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HomeSeer’s new Z-Wave switches now available

HomeSeer announced a couple new switches at CES 2018 with integrated RGB lights which can be used to indicated status for other elements in the control system. There is a $55 dimmer and a $50 toggle switch available, both support Z-Wave Plus, multi-tap, and S2 security. This isn’t a new concept in the home automation device market, but it is […]

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CES 2018 – abode itoa all-in-one security camera home automation controller

I wasn’t familiar with abode’s iota security system, home automation controller (HAC), and camera system before meeting them at CES. Overall the system looks quite approachable, and is obviously more intended for users who prioritize ease of installation and user experience (UX) over flexibility. I don’t mean that as a negative, per se. Just something that would need to be […]

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