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Why Structured Wiring is Essential to the Connected Home

October 14, 2016

The ideal smart home automation system is built upon a strong foundation of structured wiring. While wireless systems are quickly becoming the new norm, having multiple wireless devices active at the same time in your home can weaken overall signal strength and create interference. Communication between devices can be slowed down or disrupted. » Read More

Z-Wave is Now Open Source Technology

September 20, 2016

Sigma Designs, owner of the Z-Wave home automation protocol, recently announced that they have made the interoperability layer of Z-Wave open to the public domain. This means that any company, business, or developer can download the software for free and test out Z-Wave integration with their products. In addition, Sigma has also released the » Read More

How to Upgrade From Analog to IP Surveillance

September 7, 2016

Surveillance systems made up of IP cameras and networked recording equipment are rapidly growing in popularity over analog surveillance systems for numerous reasons. As such, homeowners who have traditional analog systems are wondering how they can make the upgrade from analog to IP. While upgrading involves its challenges, the popularity of IP » Read More

What is Z-Wave, and Why Is It So Popular?

August 19, 2016

If you’re into smart home automation, you’re bound to hear about Z-Wave technology, or Z-Wave hubs, or Z-Wave something or another. That’s because Z-Wave wireless technology has become the go-to smart home communications protocol for the everyday homeowner who wants an affordable, do-it-yourself home automation system. But why » Read More

Kevo Comes to Home Controls

December 9, 2015

Unlock your door with the convenience of Bluetooth when you replace your traditional deadbolt with the Kwikset Kevo Signature Series Bluetooth Deadbolt. Whether you want to use your Bluetooth smartphone or the included Bluetooth keyfob as your wireless key, you can stop fumbling for a turnkey and just tap this touch-activated lock to unlock the » Read More

Secure Your Smart Home With A Schlage Connect Deadbolt

July 1, 2015

When it comes to smart home technology, virtually anything electronic within a home can become automated. Lights, home theater systems, doors and windows, even locks and deadbolts can be outfitted with smart technology that grants you more convenience, comfort and security. Schlage provides increased security and convenience with their smart locks » Read More

Ding Dong: Someone Is At Your Smart Phone

June 24, 2015

Whether you’re home or away, you’ll never miss a visitor at your door with the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell. In a recent story, Forbes magazine explained: “The idea is simple. When someone walks up to your door, the motion sensor wakes up the doorbell and starts sending a video feed to the cloud. If the visitor presses your » Read More