After over a year of waiting, Chamberlain has finally released their HomeKit companion for their MyQ garage door opener system. Additionally, Fibaro has released an updated version of their water/flood sensor that also works with HomeKit. With these items, I’m finally able to consolidate my smart home a little bit more!
Wink, purveyor of smart home hardware, recently debuted their Wink Hub 2 device. This blog entry digs deeper into the features and benefits of this new system. I’ll also talk about how having a splintered system (in this case HomeKit, and Wink) can actually work just great, even with your Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Let’s see how it all comes together!
Shopping for smart home automation products can feel a bit like having lunch at a buffet. You can be easily overwhelmed by too many options to pick from, feeling unsure about what will taste good together. But unlike a fixed-price all-you-can-eat buffet, these smart home devices can get really expensive, really fast, so choosing the right ones is quite important. In this article we’ve taken on the task of taste-testing all these delicious pieces of technology for you, to provide you a curated review of what works, and what doesn’t. Check out the BEST HOME AUTOMATION PLATFORMS as we compare Apple HomeKit vs Samsung SmartThings, vs Wink Connected Home Hub vs Insteon Hub Pro vs Amazon Echo vs Belkin WeMo, and much, much more!
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.