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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Smart homes are slowly making their way into the mainstream, with more and more people wanting to raise the IQ of their house. But what about those already in the know? Are there any benefits to being an early adopter beyond those bragging rights? We break down 5 reasons why you should be amongst those getting a head start on their smart homes
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The Apple Watch is already great at a lot of things. It's perfect for keeping tabs on your personal fitness goals, for quickly checking (and even replying to) text messages and phone calls, for glancing at the weather forecast, and even for paying for purchases with Apple Pay. But what about controlling your home?
If you're reading this blog, my bet is that you have both an Amazon Echo product – either an Echo or it's smaller sister, the Echo Dot – and some smart home gear you'd like to connect and control via Alexa. We'll go through the setup
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Many times people hear the words "smart home" and imagine something super cool, but also extremely expensive! Fortunately, only the former is true.
Vacation properties can provide a holiday oasis for families and friends while being used. But what happens during the rest of the year? Homes often sit unoccupied for long periods of time and until recently, it was hard to maintain and monitor without hiring someone local or spending money on an expensive security system.
What will really set you apart from your neighbors is installing a system that comes complete with an accompanying mobile app. The GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control Outdoor Module does exactly that. When guests are leaving, you can wow them with a simple tap on your smart device.
A defining feature of the new technology is the way Z-Wave devices actually communicate better with one another as more devices are added to the network.
From industry staples like Kwikset, Schlage and Yale to startups like August and Poly-Control, the smart lock market is quickly gaining ground. What separates these brainiacs from your standard front door lock is an added layer of tech, typically Bluetooth, Z-Wave or Wi-Fi -- or some combination of the three.
I've decided to turn that boo into another woo-hoo by seizing the opportunity my new, falling-down, three bedroom house affords me. I want to make my home smart. As smart, efficient and as seamless as possible. And I'll be detailing that process in this weekly smart home diary.
The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.
The Piper NV ticks a lot of boxes and goes beyond a lot of the other offerings out there. The app also works with Z-Wave devices. That means if you have any other Z-Wave smart home devices, like plug sockets or smart lights, you can control them all through your Piper app too.
Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.
Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt With Z-Wave ($165) - We put the Yale's touchscreen lock at the top of this list because it checks all the basic requirements for a good smart lock. It's easy to install, works with smart home systems such as SmartThings and Honeywell, and the backlit digital keypad eliminates the need to carry around house keys.