Best Buy to Embrace Home Automation

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Best Buy has started to embrace Home Automation and has started to dedicate floor space to Home Automation products. Browsing Best Buy the other day for a quick purchase of something else and I was shocked to see that it was already on a dedicated section of the store. They had the standard products from Belkin, Dlink, Kwikset, and Netgear. […]

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Honeywell @ CES 2014

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We did run into Honeywell at CES Showstoppers and you are probably thinking why do I care. Well they have announced the Industry First: Voice Activated Cloud-Connected Thermostat for D.I.Y. Homeowners. They were kind enough to show us the unit with the new app for iOS and Android. It will let you control your thermostat with your voice or anywhere […]

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NETGEAR @ CES 2014

NETGEAR didn’t have a ton to show in the consumer space at CES, but they did have two very interesting 802.11AC range extenders on hand and their Trek travel router on hand.   There are a few things that make these devices interesting. First off, until now if you wanted to bridge an 802.11AC network it required two routers – […]

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Belkin @ CES 2014

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Belkin was very generous and gave me a great tour of the booth at CES as well as some great previews of upcoming products for 2014. Belkin purchased Linksys in March 2013 to help excel in the router market and strengthen their current and future products. Their demos were helpful for both companies that are going to be running as […]

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Kwikset & ipDatatel Announce Zigbee Integration

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When I was building my home automation (HA) system, the lack of devices and good integration between those devices was the main reason I settled on Z-Wave. In many ways Zigbee is a superior technology though, and also has the benefit of being supported by many chip manufactures (Z-Wave is controlled by Sigma Designs) so it’s great to see product […]

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Kwikset Announces Updated Connected Deadbolt

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No Home Automation (HA) is really complete without connected deadbolts making it possible to manage access. Which is exactly why I have the original Kwikset Z-Wave locks in my home. Frankly, I’m a big fan and there’s a lot to like about the locks, especially SmartKey which lets you re-key the locks whenever you want without involving a locksmith. There […]

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