Holiday decorating – whether you have a small set up or a full blown light show in your front yard – is part of getting in the holiday spirit. But it doesn't have to be hard – some quick smart home gear can be you started! In fact, holiday decorations and smart home tech go together like cookies and Santa Claus. With just a little bit of hardware and a little bit of programming, you can make even the most modest decorations more convenient, safer, and more interactive.
Consider the difference a single smart plug could make when paired with a good Z-Wave hub. Plug your holiday lights in, and suddenly you have the power to set schedules that keep things lit when you're there to enjoy them and conserve energy when you're not. It makes lighting up the house simple and hassle free.
And it doesn't just have to be holiday lights that get in on the automated magic, either. If you have a gas fireplace, you could also add a Z-Wave control module to it and make it part of your holiday decorations. Imagine coming home and lighting your lights, starting a fire, and even cueing up your favorite holiday playlist all with the touch of a button. Or the sound of your voice, if you have Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Better yet, some smart home hubs, like SmartThings, allow you to trigger automated events via geo-fencing, so as soon as you walk in the front door the celebration begins, and as soon as the last person leaves home, the holiday lights turn off along with the rest of your lighting.
You could also spruce things up by whipping up a quick automated event that ties your Z-Wave doorbell and wireless sound system so that visitors aren't met with the same old boring ding-dong, but a happy "Ho Ho Ho!" or holiday jingle instead.
There's really no limit to the things you can do with smart home technology to make your holidays merrier and brighter. If you need some additional inspiration, check out the Resource Center here on Z-Wave.com.
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These days, having a voice-activated digital assistant in your pocket is pretty much taken for granted. Instead of typing on tiny touchscreens, we've all become accustomed to simply whipping out our phones and saying, "Hey Cortana, call Dad," or "OK Google, dial 911," or "Hey Siri, what is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"
If you've been thinking about adding some smarts to your home, you may have already researched light and dimmers, door locks and thermostats—all of the various bits and pieces that go into creating a connected home experience. But how do you get all of this stuff to talk to each other and create a completely integrated smart home system? Do you need a hub, gateway, or controller?
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Everyone wants their home to be safer and easier to manage – but the many benefits of smart home tech appeal to different people. With the upcoming Father's Day holiday this weekend, we thought we'd look at some ways that a smart home makes dad's life easier
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!
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I'm an engineer who loves to tinker – but if you told me I'd have to swap out all my smart home products every couple of years the way I do my smartphone, I’d say that's not very smart at all.
How much does smart home technology cost? It's not an easy question to answer. It's not as if you can walk into your local big box store and ask for a medium-sized lighting system with a side order of climate control.
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.
As this high-tech world we live in continues to bring new advancements to the market, more and more home buyers are also searching for a home that is smart.
Yale Real Living Assure Locks – "Unlike other models, the products feature Z-Wave and ZigBee connectivity, not Bluetooth or Wi-Fi."
Z-Wave wireless sensor: This gadget is perfect for maintaining safety; it monitors the doors and windows and sends out an alarm via text message and e-mail if any suspicious and intrusive activities are detected.
ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two wireless protocols that pretty much all hub-based smarthome products use. There are a small handful of smarthome accessory makers that use their own standard (like Insteon, for instance), but ZigBee and Z-Wave are the two biggest open protocols out there.
One benefit of a connected home is that it should (asuming the system is working) let you know when there's a problem, even if you're not there. It's one reason those with vacation homes are installing smart leak detectors, Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, and so on. And just because your second home is on wheels, it doesn't mean having devices that keep an eye on things is any less helpful.
Connection to all of your smart devices shouldn't be an issue whatsoever, given that the SmartThings hub offers many of the well-known wireless protocols, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and ZigBee.
Smart homes come with options for a home automation controller that allows the user to control things like door locks, light switches, thermostats, cameras, security systems and energy monitoring solutions from their smartphone or tablet.