Category: Home Automation
Like other home automation systems, the HomeSeer system revolves around a central controller (or hub) containing HomeSeer software. Unlike other systems, however, HomeSeer systems do not include any individual products like lights, sensors, or locks. However, the HomeSeer software or controller lets you add virtually any home automation product you want—that’s not something other home automation companies offer, and it sets HomeSeer apart from the competition.
We’ve found the best high-tech gifts for everyone on your shopping list. And because security is our top concern, we’ve included info about the privacy threats of each item. Find out if the tech you’re considering has a camera, microphone, location tracking, privacy settings, or the ability to record data.
Have you ever seen a sci-fi or fantasy movie and wished the cool tech in it was real? That’s probably how people felt in 1989 when Marty McFly sped across the screen on a hoverboard in Back to the Future II. Luckily, dreams can come true….(ish).
When I was a kid, a whole-house intercom system was something that only existed in my most elaborate fantasies. I dreamed of the day that I’d no longer have to scream, “Dinner’s ready!” up the stairs to my siblings, but instead simply push a button to accomplish my assigned task.
My childhood fantasies aside, whole-house intercom systems can be a great help to multiple types of households. People who have limited mobility, for example, can use voice-activated intercoms to easily communicate with a family member in another room.
Did you know you can save $2,000 on a home automation system by installing the system yourself rather than getting it professionally installed? Wemo has an easy DIY setup and is much less expensive than professionally installed home automation systems. You can use that $2,000 to rig your home with Wemo home automation devices and have some money left over (depending on how big your home is). Read our Belkin Wemo review to see if this company has all the features you want in a home automation provider…
With smart lightbulbs I can reduce my energy consumption, improve my morning wakeup routine, and keep my home safer. If I leave my lights on when I head to work for the day, I can quickly turn them off with my phone even after I get to the office. If I want to wake up to light that mimics the sunrise instead of being jolted awake by a loud alarm, I can set the bulbs to gradually increase in brightness until I’m ready to get up for the day…
Nest Protect, one of the few combination CO/smoke detectors on the market, takes the guesswork out of smoke and CO detection in your home. The app and even the devices themselves tell you what’s wrong and where, and the Protect can integrate with other Nest devices, as well as a few other smart home devices. With its second generation, Nest has rectified many of the issues of the first-generation Protect, and we love its many features that give you an insight into what’s happening in your home…
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced home automation system that is easy to set up, SmartThings is a system worth considering. It connects to ZigBee, Z-Wave, IFTTT, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices, so you can automate your lights, doors, outlets, and more while you’re away from your home. Because of its wide range of equipment, stellar customer service, and reasonable pricing, SmartThings is our top pick for best home automation system…
When I first got my Google Home, I was so excited that I could control my home with simple voice commands a la Tony Stark. It was like stepping into the future. But then I realized I couldn’t control my lights, change my thermostat settings, or take advantage of the other home automation conveniences that Google Home provides without first getting some smart home gadgets to connect it to. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of the best smart products that work with Google Home so you can take control of your home…
If your home has ever been without power for an extended period of time, or even just for a couple of hours, you know exactly how many appliances and systems require electricity. During times of extreme heat or cold, being without power may become more than just annoying. A backup home generator powers your home (or at least parts of your home) in case of a power outage, so you don’t have to worry about food going bad in the fridge or your home staying cool in the middle of summer…
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