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Home automation is an incredibly useful technology for controlling things around your house, like light switches, bulbs, garage door openers and more.

SENS8 Security Camera with Siren and Floodlight Review

SENS8 Security Camera with Light Review

The SENS8 Light Cam is the first wired home security camera I have reviewed that required drilling a hole into an outside wall of our house. Continue reading to find out how the installation went and if the SENS8 security camera was worth breaking out my tool belt. The SENS8 Light Cam offers a ton …

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Eve Home Automation Platform Review

Eve Home Family

Eve Home, formerly known as Elgato Eve, is a smart home automation platform that seamlessly connects devices and appliances and makes managing them a breeze. I had a chance to review some of Eve’s gadgets to see how much closer they would get me to achieve my goal of a fully automated home. For this …

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ecobee Switch+ Review – Smart Light Switch with Alexa & HomeKit

ecobee Switch+ integrates with the ecobee4 thermostat

The ecobee Switch+ is one of the smartest light switches on the market, featuring advanced sensors and seamless integration with ecobee smart thermostats and home automation platforms, such as Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings and others. I have had a good relationship with ecobee ever since I reviewed the original ecobee thermostat and …

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HomeKit Light Switches & Dimmers – Review

HomeKit Light Switches and Dimmers Review

For this article, I have reviewed the best Apple HomeKit-compatible light & dimmer switches. Since I didn’t want to compare apples with oranges, I have separated the review into two sections, starting with HomeKit Light Switches, and followed by HomeKit Dimmers. Reviewed HomeKit Light Switches Product ecobee Switch+ Amazon* Eve Light Switch Amazon* Leviton Decora …

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LIFX Smart LED lights now work with Apple HomeKit

LIFX Smart LED lights now work with Apple HomeKit

On September 19th, 2017, LIFX finally announced support for HomeKit, Apple’s home automation platform. Support is limited to the third generation LIFX and LIFX + lights and available via a firmware upgrade. Shop mentioned products LIFX Wi-Fi-enabled Smart LEDs (Amazon*) About LIFX LIFX makes Wi-Fi-enabled smart LEDs that you can control from your mobile phone. …

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Review: Onelink Environment monitor for the nursery or kids room

Review: Onelink Environment monitor for the nursery or kids room

The Onelink Environment Monitor by First Alert monitors a room’s temperature and humidity and doubles as a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. It is ideal for nurseries or kids rooms, but you can use it in any other room. In this review, I will explain the benefits the Onelink Environment Monitor provides in our home. Infant …

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ecobee4 Review And Comparison to ecobee3

Is the new ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in Alexa voice service worth the upgrade?

ecobee just announced the newest version of its smart thermostat – the ecobee4 with built-in Alexa voice service. I own two of the original ecobee3 thermostats, and in this article, I will tell you if the ecobee4 is worth the upgrade and how it stacks up against the ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Reviewed ecobee Thermostats Product ecobee4 …

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HomeKit-enabled Smoke Alarm [OneLink Review]

Review: HomeKit enabled smoke alarm from First Alert

First Alert recently released Onelink; an Apple HomeKit enabled smoke alarm. I took that as an opportunity to get my feet wet with HomeKit and to start equipping our house with home automation gadgets. I reached out to First Alert, and they were so kind to send me a review unit of their HomeKit enabled …

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