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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Yale Real Living @ CES 2013

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I’m pretty happy with my Kwikset locks, but there is one annoyance – the bolt isn’t tapered. Now I know that’s pretty annoying, but whoever built the house didn’t do a great job installing the insulation around the door or filing out the bolt holes in the frame so sometimes operation isn’t as smooth as I’d like. Yale’s locks solve […]

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Mi Casa Verde @ CES 2013

I’ve been really happy with my Mi Casa Vera so I made a point to stop by their booth at CES and check out what was in store for the coming year. As it turns out, quite a bit – with two new products arriving: the Mi Casa Verde VeraPlus and VeraPro. The VeraPlus will replace the existing the somewhat […]

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Mini Z-Wave Device Review

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In our recent review of Micasaverde’s Vera home automation (HA) controller several devices were mentioned, but not in enough detail to be useful to anyone thinking about building a Z-Wave network, or adding to an existing one. To address that a list of all the devices and a mini review is included below: Home Automation Controller: Micasaverde VeraLite: here for […]

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