TESTED: D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera (DCS-5020L)

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.

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REVIEW: Home Automation – D-Link Cloud Camera & Ecolink Door & Window Sensor

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…

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COMPARISON: Smart Garage Door Openers .. Chamberlain MyQ MYQ-G0201 versus Linear GD00Z-4

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.

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QUICK LOOK: Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and Rachio IRO Smart Irrigation Controller

During my recent testing of various smart home lighting products I also stumbled upon two VERY cool little devices that upgraded me to Home v2.0 — here is a quick look at those two devices.  Let’s check out the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and Rachio IRO Smart Irrigation Controller.

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Belkin WeMo: Making the Switch to a Smart Home

Inside your home you probably have a plethora of electronic devices that each have their own little computing brain inside.  Each device serves its intended function, without concern or awareness for the other devices around your house.  Now imagine if they could all talk to each other, and “make [your] life easier, simpler, better.”  That’s the claim Belkin makes of their WeMo line of home automation devices.

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