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Eve Home Automation Platform Review

By Michael Kummer | Last Updated on Sep 27, 2018

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…(Read More)

Arlo Pro 2 Review - Top Wireless Home Security Camera

The Arlo Pro 2 is one of the best wireless home security cameras I have reviewed. Previously owned by Netgear, the Arlo Pro 2 is the company’s flagship product featuring 1080p video resolution, advanced motion detection, and integration with a broad selection of home automation platforms. To find out how the Arlo Pro 2…(Read More)

Review of Best Home Security Cameras

Review of Best Home Security Cameras

By Michael Kummer | Last Updated on Sep 27, 2018

Here is a review of the best home security cameras, including such popular brands as Amazon, Arlo (previously Netgear), Canary, D-Link, Logitech, Nest, Ring, and SENS8. Reviewed Home Security Cameras Product Amazon Cloud Cam $119.99 Arlo Cam $179.99 Arlo Pro Kit $249.99 Arlo Pro 2 Kit $479.99 Arlo Go $399…(Read More)

ecobee Switch+ Review

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…(Read More)

HomeKit Light Switches & 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+ $99.99 Eve Light Switch…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

Home Automation: Review of Wi-Fi enabled LED smart lights from LIFX

I just recently got my feet wet with home automation technology from First Alert and Ecobee. The expansion to Wi-Fi enabled lights was the natural next step. So in this article, I will review smart LED lights from LIFX. When I told my wife that I would review one of those new smart lights…(Read More)

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. Reviewed ecobee Thermostats Product ecobee4 Smart…(Read More)

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…(Read More)

Review: Ecobee vs. Nest smart WiFi thermostats

Shortly after we had bought our 3300 sqft home north of Atlanta, I took out the existing “dumb” thermostats and replaced them with Nest Learning Thermostats. We used them for a couple of months until Ecobee released their line of Smart WiFi Thermostats. I ordered two Ecobee units and sold the two Nest thermostats on…(Read More)