Home Automation


Reviews
Connected Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor and Smart Plug
D-Link

By Sharad Hirjee - December 23rd, 2014

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More and more consumer companies are increasingly focused on home automation and smart connectivity; and who can blame them for wanting to tap into the success of the trail blazers like Nest, makers of the smart home thermostat that Google bought for more than a billion dollars a couple of years ago? The potential to connect so many things together and make them accessible is an attractive prospect for many reasons – and at the moment there is a lot of room in the market. Enter D-Link; no strangers to connectivity in the home (they have an established base composed of routers, switches, and home IP-enabled camera units), D-Link aims to add some interesting home automation tech to their repertoire in the form of their Connected Home Family. D-link sent us their Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (DCH-S150) and thier Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W110) to check out. Given my latest dive into home automation, I was excited to see what set these apart from the competition.

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Reviews
WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set
Belkin

By Sharad Hirjee - December 18th, 2014

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Belkin has continued toward the lofty goal of full home automation with the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set. With a solid modular portfolio that includes wall switches, heaters, a humidifier, cameras and even a coffee maker, the Starter Set seems like a natural progression. I really like the concept of this product as it allows the IP-enablement and remote control of hard-wired electrical light fixtures in your home, without the trouble of rewiring the physical wall switches.

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Holiday Hints
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Smarty-Pants Home

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 18th, 2014

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If you haven’t figured it out yet, the “internet of things” has caught on in a big way and is gathering momentum with each passing week. Various companies are forging ahead with neat ways to control aspects of your home at any given time, no matter where you might be located – provided you have connectivity to the internet, of course. Some of these internet-enabled devices are not only capable of being utilized remotely, they can also be “programmed” with content from IFTTT (IF This Then That), a web portal that holds “recipes” that tie different services and devices together.

So if you’re looking for something “different” to give as gifts for the holidays…

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