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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FOLLOW-UP: Home Automation – Wink Relay & Wink Hub, Staples Connect D-Link Hub, and Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge – Plus Schlage Connect, Aeotec, Fibaro, and more!

In my second large installment of home automation, testing continues on finding the perfect balance between reliability and user interface.  Mixing a wide variety of devices on multiple platforms I continued to seek the best aggregating hub on the market today.  Can we finally call someone the winner, or is this still a work in progress?  My testing this time around included the new Wink Relay, putting that to the test with the Wink Hub versus Staples Connect’s new D-Link Hub.  Also deeper testing was performed on the Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge.  And finally, I added some new hardware such as the Schlage Connect door locks, flood and tamper sensors from Aeotec and Fibaro, and more!

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