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Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

Setting scenes: the magic of smart homes

The concept of home lighting is pretty simple: you hit a switch, the room is illuminated. The light switch functionality hasn't changed much since its invention. But what if you could power them all of your lights down instantly at the touch of a single button? With Z-Wave smart home technology, you can. Quite easily. And that's just scratching the surface of the intelligence you can add to your home with automation called "scenes."

If you're not familiar with scenes, think of them as automatic to-do lists for the connected electronics in your home. Most people associate scenes with lighting, and that's certainly the most common application: you might have a "Good Night" scene that shuts down all of the lights in the home, a "Wake Up" scene that gently illuminates the bedroom and master bath, and a "Coming Home" scene that brightens the foyer, hallway, and kitchen with a single button press.

The beauty of a Z-Wave smart home, though, is that you're not merely limited to lights. Let's take a system like Z-Wave's standard one-touch living starter kit, for example. In addition to lighting control, this kit adds appliance control as well via smart plugs, so your "Wake Up" scene could include instructions to turn on the kitchen light and fire up your coffee maker. Again, all with the touch of a single button. Or not. Scenes can also be set to initiate at certain times of day, so your home could just as easily be the one to wake you up (with a bit of light and the eye-opening armoa of fresh brewed java) rather than the other way around.

Add smart locks to your Z-Wave system and waking up your home with lighting and appliance scenes could be as easy as walking in the front door. A signal from your lock could trigger lights to turn on (at whatever brightness level you want!), adjust your thermostat (warm in the winter, cooler in the hot summer months), or anything else your imagination can cook up. Z-Wave gives your smart things the ability to communicate with and interact with one another, opening up a world of automated possibilities. In an age where we're all feeling a little overwhelmed by the technology we interact with, what could be better than technology that alleviates the stress of constant button-pressing?

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Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

Z-Wave to the Rescue: Prevent Water Damage

Whether your winters are frozen over or soggy and gloomy, the end of winter means one thing for most of us: a greater risk of water damage. Whether it's frozen pipes that have burst, or spring rains that bring flooding, or drainage systems that are clogged, water in the home is a real issue in the spring. Either way, early detection can make all the difference.

Here's why Dad loves a smart home

Here's why Dad loves a smart home

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

Dawn Of The Smart Home - Vivint

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Spring Forward Simply with Smart Home Tech

Spring Forward Simply with Smart Home Tech

The evenings are getting brighter and the days are warmer. It can only mean one thing - spring is almost here! With spring comes the reminder to turn our clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time. How can a smart home help?

Smart Home Technology That Emphasizes The Home

Smart Home Technology That Emphasizes The Home

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.

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The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

The Who, What and Why of Z-Wave

If you're one of the roughly 50% of homeowners looking to add smart home technology to your home in the coming year, chances are good that you've either put a lot of thought and planning into your purchases, or you're absolutely daunted by the staggering number of options. It isn't always easy to know unless you look for the Z-Wave logo.

Grow your ADT Pulse Smart Home

Grow your ADT Pulse Smart Home

ADT Pulse is a professionally monitored security system with smart home capabilities baked in. But did you know that once your system is setup, it's easy to add smart locks, dimmers and light switches, thermostats, and garage door controllers

TWICE VIP Award Nominations: Wireless Door Locks

TWICE

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.

How to Have the Smartest Door on the Block

DIY Network

Yale Real Living Assure Locks – "Unlike other models, the products feature Z-Wave and ZigBee connectivity, not Bluetooth or Wi-Fi."

Three of the Best Uses for Smart Home Technology

House O Matic

Smart home technology is still shiny and new, and people are adapting to it more and more every day.

Why Smart Homes Will Be a Million Times Better Than 'The Jetsons'

Forbes

A smart, or connected, home is defined as one where the lights, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC), security alarm and other household devices can be automated and remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer. The key drivers in smart home adoption are home security, energy efficiency, entertainment, convenience/productivity, connectivity and health monitoring.

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The Best Smart Home Automation Hubs of 2017

Voltimum

Icontrol Networks Piper Nv - this multifaceted device also controls and interacts with various Z-Wave home automation devices, including smart switches and dimmers, door and window sensors, and range extenders.

The Almond 3 Router Wants To Be Your Smart Home Hub and Range Extender

ChipChick

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.

How IoT & Smart Home Automation Will Change the Way We Live

Business Insider

Smart homes filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more comfortable.

The best smart home hub of 2016

BGR

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.