Category: Smart Home

What Works with Sonos One? Home Automation and Security Integration

What Works with Sonos One? Home Automation and Security Integration

Sonos has long been a player in the wireless-speaker market, but the latest version of the Sonos One brings the game to a new level. The Sonos One is a wireless, Wi-Fi enabled speaker that now has Amazon Alexa built into it. All Sonos speakers integrate with each other so you can create multiroom groups of speakers that work together and bring Alexa to your existing Sonos Speakers…

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Practical High School Graduation Gift Ideas for Every Occasion

Practical High School Graduation Gift Ideas for Every Occasion

Is your high school grad headed to college, planning a summer trip to a new place, or moving to their first apartment? Or maybe they’re just biding their time, saving money, and plotting to take over the world. Whatever their plans are, graduation is worth celebrating.Check out our gift guide to find the perfect gift for any high school grad whether you’re sticking to a tight budget or splurging for something special…

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Best Honeywell Thermostats Review: Reduce Your Utility Bill with a Smarter Thermostat

Best Honeywell Thermostats Review: Reduce Your Utility Bill with a Smarter Thermostat

Honeywell makes dozens of thermostats, but with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow it down to the one you really want. Luckily, we’ve done the digging for you and narrowed the field to four of our favorite Honeywell thermostats…

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7 Futuristic Gadgets from Movies You Can Buy Now—and 3 We’re Still Waiting For

7 Futuristic Gadgets from Movies You Can Buy Now—and 3 We’re Still Waiting For

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).

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Wemo Reviews: Losing the Hub in Home Automation

Wemo Reviews: Losing the Hub in Home Automation

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…

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SmartThings Reviews: Our #1 Home Automation System

SmartThings Reviews: Our #1 Home Automation System

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…

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Home Automation Comparison Table

Home Automation Comparison Table

Left the house for a week and realize you left the heat on 70? No problem, just hop on your smartphone and turn it down to save on utilities. Is the housekeeper on her way to the house and you are at work? You can unlock your door from anywhere at anytime…

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Best Home Generators: Stationary vs. Portable

Best Home Generators: Stationary vs. Portable

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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Home Automation Stats & Facts: Costs, Savings & Security

Home Automation Stats & Facts: Costs, Savings & Security

There were an estimated 4.6 million smart homes in the United States in 2015, and that number is growing all the time. If you’ve ever wondered why someone would invest in something that seems unnecessarily expensive, you might be surprised to find out that smart home systems don’t have to cost a fortune…

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Amazon Echo vs Dot vs Tap: Which Smart Speaker Is Best?

Amazon Echo vs Dot vs Tap: Which Smart Speaker Is Best?

While Google and Apple—among other tech companies—duke it out in the realm of home automation and interconnectivity, Amazon has seemingly swept in under the radar with its own not-so-covert operation to connect your home. With the Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap, Amazon gives you the choice of three smart speakers that do pretty much the same thing with very subtle differences. Each can act as…

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