Sunday June 25th 2017

Z-Wave Doorbell – a hardware hack

Z-Wave Doorbell – a hardware hack

While waiting for a real Z-Wave doorbell to come to market later this year (from Philio and Aeon Labs), I’ve been searching the forums and have found several examples of Z-Wave doorbell hacks. This forum thread at SmartThings was especially interesting because the [Read More]

New Oomi System looking to make Z-Wave installations true “plug and play

New Oomi System looking to make Z-Wave installations true “plug and play

Aiming to make the next wave of smart home control more powerful and simpler to install, new player Fantem has announced the launch of its Oomi  “Starter Kit” soon, while funding continuing development through an Indiegogo campaign. The Starter Kit consists of a Cube, [Read More]

Fibaro RGBW Controller

Fibaro RGBW Controller

With four analog channels that can be configured as inputs or outputs, the Fibaro RGBW Controller is a fascinating Z-Wave device with many potential uses around the home (or business). For my first application I just wanted to add some colored lighting under my kitchen [Read More]

Z-Wave at CES 2015 – The New and Exciting, plus a Ten-year retrospective

Z-Wave at CES 2015 – The New and Exciting, plus a Ten-year retrospective

by Gary Muhlestein – Apparently there was a birthday party in the Z-Wave Zone at the 2015 CES, but by the time I arrived, all that was left were balloons and paper napkins. They had a nice historical collection of Z-Wave devices, going back more than 10 years. Some of [Read More]

Fibaro hits the US market via new online retailer

Fibaro hits the US market via new online retailer

Fibaro has been generating a lot of buzz in the Z-Wave sphere lately, and its first wave of products are now available in the US, via UK based Vesternet which has just set up shop in the US  (vesternet.com).  Check them out here: [Read More]

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]

Trane XL624 Thermostat

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 looks of some of them didn’t appeal to me. When I spotted the Trane [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 of motion sensor, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, and light sensor into a single package. The MultiSensor can be powered either by internal battery [Read More]

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

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 [Read More]

Z-Wave Rescues a Parched Houseplant

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). Here’s what was left of it after six months of neglect: I had an extra [Read More]

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