Monday October 20th 2014

What's New

Z-Wave Telephone Ring Detector – a hardware hack

I like to crank up the tunes when I’m relaxing at home, but it seems that without fail, just as I’m getting into a song, the phone rings. Then I have to rush to find the remote and hit [Read More]

Trane XL624 Thermostat

It has taken me awhile to get around to purchasing a Z-Wave thermostat: the programmable thermostat that came with my house was adequate; the early Z-Wave thermostats seemed too expensive, and the [Read More]

Z-Wave Rescues a Parched Houseplant

The Swiss-cheese Philodendron on top of the laundry room cabinet used to be lush and full, until I got lazy (it was a pain to get out the step ladder once a week and climb up there to water it). [Read More]

Getting Personal About Z-Wave: "The Internet of Things" is upon us, and Z-Wave has a key role.[read more]

On the Radar

CES 2014 The Z-Wave Zone

by Gary Muhlestein -  My brother and I like to get together and go to CES at least every other year.  It’s just a few hours’ drive away, and we both love gadgets, so we pay our own way, and [Read More]

New! Finally, a Complete Database of Z-Wave Products

Congrats to the Z-Wave Alliance for finally compiling a complete (at least the last time we looked) database of certified Z-Wave products. You can find it here:  http://products.z-wavealliance.org/

Some Advice About Entry Level Systems

A recurring question I get here goes like this:  I’m looking for ways to get into an entry level system. What do you recommend? This is very open ended, so here are a handful of suggestions. Start with this link: [Read More]


  

Z-Wave the Easy Way

LED Light Strip for Your Coat Closet – A How-To

A few years ago my wife asked for a light in the hall coat closet, and since I was excited at the time about the new LED lights that were becoming available, I decided the coat closet might be a good place for an LED light strip. I would install the light strip vertically along [Read More]

Ask the Expert

NEW! Ask the Expert

Q I have a large garage and workshop in a metal sided and roofed building. Will z wave [Read More]

More Questions …

Q Can I write a rule to have a Z-Wave ADT powered light control come on a certain time [Read More]

And Even More Questions!

I understand that the Z-Wave thermostats that operate using hard wired power have the [Read More]

Featured Review

Z-Wave and HomeSeer’s HS3 Control Software

HomeSeer has been a provider of home automation software and controllers since 1998, and in 2003 they became the first home automation software vendor to obtain a license for the Zensys software developer’s kit. HomeSeer software has featured Z-Wave support since the early days when there were [Read More]


  

Product Reviews

Fibaro Door/Window Sensor

Fibaro Door/Window Sensor

Fibaro’s door/window sensor is less than half the size of any other Z-Wave door/window sensor, and it is available in a variety of colors: I was pleased with how well the ivory sensor blended with my home. The Fibaro door/window sensor has provision for an external [Read More]

The Aeon Labs MultiSensor

The Aeon Labs MultiSensor

The Aeon Labs MultiSensor is probably the best-looking of the currently available Z-Wave PIRs. It combines the functions [Read More]

Let There Be VeraLite

Let There Be VeraLite

It has been much too long since my last Z-Wave product review. Life got complicated when I started a local [Read More]

Schlage LiNK System Delivers

Schlage LiNK System Delivers

Introduction This review covers several devices from the Schlage LiNK product line including: Z-Wave Door Lock (now [Read More]

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