Saturday April 29th 2017

Stay Warm This Winter With Z-Wave Thermostats

Stay Warm This Winter With Z-Wave Thermostats

You most likely want to stay warm this winter and one way to keep control of your thermostat is with some of the currently available Z-Wave enabled thermostats. There are, however, a few “gotchas” to look out for. Figure 1 The ACT ZTT000 is a thermostat that I [Read More]

How to Automate Your Holiday Lighting

How to Automate Your Holiday Lighting

The holiday seasons are approaching fast and what better way to celebrate than to decorate with lights. There are several Z-Wave products on the market today that will make automating your fall and winter festive decorations a piece of cake. Controllers First you are going [Read More]

Consolidate Control Using Logitech’s Harmony 890 Remote

Consolidate Control Using Logitech’s Harmony 890 Remote

  Figure 1: The Harmony 890 with RF Controller The world of home automation offers several options for consolidating control of your electronic entertainment devices to one remote. Thanks to Z-Wave technology, Logitech is able to offer a total environment solution by [Read More]

Multi-Use Automated In-Wall Devices Offer Easy Controls

Multi-Use Automated In-Wall Devices Offer Easy Controls

Last winter, ZWW reviewer Scott Lowe discovered the hidden talents of a Z-Wave Appliance module, which he used to automate his stand-alone propane heater. Since then Intermatic has released a few of its InTouch branded devices including an In-Wall Receptacle. Figure 1 The [Read More]

So You Installed a Z-Wave Network, Now What?

If your situation is anything like mine, once you get the whole Z-Wave setup working reliably and show it to your spouse, they’ll say something like: “That’s nice, but what was wrong with using the light switches and the $5 automatic timers with the floor [Read More]

Z-Wave Home Theaters

Z-Wave Home Theaters

Only a few years ago home theaters and home controls were out of reach for all but the rich and famous. The market is changing rapidly and costs are coming down. In my local area alone there are at least four new custom installers targeting the typical homeowner. A recent [Read More]

Introduction to xPLZWave

Introduction to xPLZWave

Until recently the development of Z-Wave applications was only possible by those who purchased extremely expensive developer kits. This has made the adoption of Z-Wave a little slow among the software community. The times have changed. In 2006 ControlThink LC, a member of [Read More]

How to: Install a Z-Wave Light Switch

How to: Install a Z-Wave Light Switch

Please note: If you are not comfortable with measuring voltage (required in Step 5), you should find an experienced electrician to do it for you. Also, please read the requirements for your particular switch. Some switches require a minimum load or a neutral wire. Tools [Read More]

How to: Automate Your Laundry Room

How to: Automate Your Laundry Room

Please note: If you are not comfortable with measuring voltage (required in Step 5), you should find an experienced electrician to do it for you. Home automation is not just for tech-geeks. There can be benefits for the entire family. Take, for example, my laundry room. My [Read More]

Home Control Gains Momentum

Home Control Gains Momentum

It’s not just for the very rich anymore. If you have a desire to automate and remotely control various devices in your home, you’ve come to the right place. You’ve probably thought about how cool it would be to control the lights in your house and turn on [Read More]

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