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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

Z-Wave vs Bluetooth: Highlighting the Distinctions

September 6, 2016

Wireless technology has become increasingly common in today’s environment. We use it every day with our smartphones, remotes, and automated technologies, among so much more. But wireless tech can be confusing when you’re trying to choose the right technology, especially when it comes to home automation. This week, I’ll help by » Read More

SkylinkNet Now Works with IFTTT! Get 5 Starter Recipes

August 25, 2016

That’s right, the do-it-yourself SkylinkNet wireless alarm system just got a lot cooler — it now works with IFTTT. Anyone who has the SkylinkNet Internet Hub can automate connected devices using custom IFTTT recipes, so not only do you get expanded automation options for your Skylink devices, you can also integrate third-party devices » Read More

Nortek Bridges the Gap Between Zigbee and Z-Wave

August 23, 2016

One of the largest Z-Wave manufacturers in home automation, Nortek Security & Control, has recently joined the Zigbee Alliance and will begin to add Zigbee devices and support to their product lines to reach more business and retail clients. This move allows Nortek to access a huge market of potential customers in the coming months. It » Read More