If you're not one of the 3 million homes with an Amazon Echo in it, there's a good chance you're coveting one. I mean, who doesn't want to be able to tell a lovely woman named Alexa to add things to their shopping list, play a favorite song, tell you the weather forecast AND turn on the lights in the living room? Alexa is most useful when you've connected your Echo to your smart home hub, allowing you to control devices in your home without lifting a finger.
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“Alexa, lower the thermostat by 5 degrees” – about to head upstairs and realizing that you might have forgotten to turn the heat down? With a SmartThings hub and a paired Z-Wave thermostat, a quick ask to your little assistant and it's done before you reach the stop of the staircase.
“Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights” – maybe it was sunny when you started cooking, but the sun's gone down and it's getting dark and your hands are covering in flour and oil from tonight's meal prep. If you've got a Wink hub and some Z-Wave GE smart bulbs, those lights will come on and your light switch stays clean. Win-win.
“Alexa, ask Vivint to arm my security system” – home security systems are great, they give you peace of mind and protect your home and loved ones no matter where you are. But who hasn't gone to leave, hands full with bags and this morning's half-drunk coffee and had to put everything down to arm the system? Don't bother – Alexa will do it for you with a Vivint smart home security hub with Z-Wave inside.
“Alexa, tell HomeSeer to close the garage door” – what is this magic and how do I get it? It's true, with a Z-Wave garage door controller and a HomeSeer hub, Alexa will allow you to close the garage door. From inside your house. Without you moving a muscle. You know the kids left it open again.
“Alexa, turn the living room lamp to 50” – yep, we've established you can control your lighting with simple commands – but did you know you can do it even if you don't have a traditional smart home hub? And if you have dimmable smart bulbs, you can set it to a certain percentage for softer lighting? From an Alarm.com home security panel – with Z-Wave inside – you've got both safety AND the ultimate convenience packaged in one. Is there anything Z-Wave can't do?
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Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!
Garages, along with the cars inside them, used to be a status symbol, but these days, if all you've got are 3 walls, a door and a place to house your car, it's not that impressive. To make it more than merely an Airbnb for your Prius—it needs to be smart! Of course, adding smart home control to your garage can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want it to be.
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Working from home can be both challenging and rewarding, depending on your working style. Distractions around the home or loud outside noises can all stand as hurdles when you're trying to buckle down and churn out work.
One of the easiest ways of explaining an unfamiliar technology is to compare it with something people already understand. That's why you might hear things like: "It's like Wi-Fi, but…" or "It's similar to Bluetooth, but…" when talking about Z-Wave
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Smart home devices can be connected using the Wi-Fi network, but Almond 3 also works with ZigBee and with Z-Wave and Bluetooth through the use of Bluetooth dongles. As a result, Almond 3 works directly with most major smart home products on the market — including Amazon Echo.
For example, if someone needs to be let into my house when I’m not there, I can let someone in, and can even join with a thermostat or some Z-Wave lights. Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices communicate with one another. Household products are made "smart" when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design.