Browsing: Home Automation

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5 obscure IOT devices to look out for in 2017

Currently, the IOT devices that garner the most headlines tend to be pretty obvious. Light switches, thermostats, and video doorbells have all hit the headlines in recent months, as consumers become more accustomed to seeing connected devices around the home.

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Best Black Friday Smart Home Deals for 2016

Black Friday is just a week away. To help you save up some money, we’ve prepared the best Black Friday Smart Home Deals for 2016. We have included the best deals we found for smart thermostats, smart cameras, z-wave devices, home appliances, smart home hubs, garage doors and more.

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Advances in Security of Smart Homes

Based on recent research, 30 million households are expected to switch to smart homes in the United Stated by next year. Family safety becomes the top motivator for adopting smart home technology (63%) followed by convenience (53%).

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Data Security in the Smart Home

How do you gain both security and privacy in a world where everything is connected to and talking to everything else? To understand how you can achieve these things in a connected world, it’s important to first understand these things and what they mean for you.

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Z-Wave

Z-Wave was developed by a Danish startup called Zensys. It is a proprietary wireless communications protocol specifically designed for the…

Protocols
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KNX

KNX is an abbreviation for the word Konnex and describes a standardized protocol for building control and also has its place in traditional home automation. Its biggest advantage is the independence of any particular hardware platform which means that it could also be executed on an 8-bit microcontroller.

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Smart Thermostats – What you need to know

Your normal thermostat helps you to adjust the temperature in your home, letting you control the heating and the air conditiong. The difference between Smart Thermostats and regular thermostats is the fact that they can learn from your specific needs and behaviours.

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Motion Sensor Light Switch – What you need to know

A Motion Sensor Light Switch is often also referred to as “Occupancy Light Switch” as well as “Vacancy Light Switch”. But there is a difference between the two. An Occupancy Light Switch automatically turns on the lights as soon as motion is detected in the sensor range and automatically turns the lights off when the motion is no longer detected in the range.

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Insteon

Insteon tries to combine the best of both worlds which means it supports powerline communication as well as radio frequency communication. Considering it only as a protocol would be an understatement. It is rather a complete technology stack which also consists of separate protocols for the two different types of communication.

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Universal Powerline Bus

Universal Powerline Bus or short UPB is a communication protocol developed for the needs of home automation. As the name suggests it uses the existing powerlines of homes for sending data. It was developed in 1999 by PCS Powerline Systems and was inspired by the already ubiquitous X10 protocol.

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ZigBee

ZigBee is a home automation protocol which was originally invented for the use in Personal Area Networks (PAN). Like Z-Wave it uses low power radio frequency communication which results in long battery lives for ZigBee using devices. The protocal is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and is widely considered as an alternative to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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X10

As the oldest protocol on the market, X10 has built up quite some reputation over the last 30 years. X10 was originally designed for powerline communication only but through time the need for wireless communication emerged.