“Hey Siri, set the living room lights to 50%” I barked at my phone. Seconds later, as if I was living in some futuristic world, my lights were on. My phone responded politely. “You got it, Ari. I set both of the living room lights to 50” sung the small electronic portal in my hand. Has the ability to control one’s home with your voice finally arrived? Let’s take a quick look at the new Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge (L-BDG2-WH) with Apple HomeKit Siri capabilities to see just how science fiction our lives may really have become!
When you say the words “home security” to someone, they tend to think of burglars, monitoring systems with advertisements on a post/sign in your lawn, and expensive monthly or annual costs. But thanks to huge advances in technology it is easier today than ever before to add layers of security to your home or small business, relying heavily on technologies like wifi to connect these devices. We recently compared two of the top WiFi Security Cameras on the market today in a head-to-head battle between the Dropcam Pro and Withings Home.
Staples Connect offers a great home automation platform, and over recent months I’ve tested and reviewed a cornucopia of accessories for their smart home hub. One of my favorite reviews talked about some D-LINK CAMERAS that could be easily called upon when the system detects motion and other triggers. In this installment I’ll add two more cameras to my home, both which are D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night DCS-5020 units.
Now that I’ve settled on the Staples Connect hub for my current home automation setup, I’ve been slowly growing my collection of hardware over time. In this January 2015 installment I’ll preview my thoughts on the Ecolink Door & Window Sensor, plus a pair of D-Link Cloud Cameras (Day/Night) recently installed. Check it out…
Back in Sept-2014 was when I first really got deep into testing some new home automation equipment. At that time I looked at all the hardware in my home and upgraded everything I could, such as the Rachio IRO irrigation system, and much more. Since then I’ve swapped in/out a few different home automation hubs, and in doing so have tested two of the most popular smart home garage door systems on the market today. Let’s compare them as we look closer at the Chamberlain MyQ MYQ-G0201 versus Linear GD00Z-4 units.