Saturday April 29th 2017

The Aeotec Home Energy Monitor Helps You Keep an Eye on Energy Usage

The Aeotec Home Energy Monitor Helps You Keep an Eye on Energy Usage

In the past, monitoring your home’s energy usage meant waiting for the monthly bill to arrive in the mail. Now, with the Aeotec Z-Wave Home Energy Monitor (HEM) you can monitor your energy usage in real-time. You can even monitor your energy usage from your smart phone. [Read More]

Dragon Tech WS-100 In-Wall Light Switch

Dragon Tech WS-100 In-Wall Light Switch

The build quality of the Dragon Tech WS-100 Z-Wave light switch is comparable to that of the more expensive brands.  The first thing I noticed about the Dragon Tech switch was the thickness of the metal yoke or mounting strap. This sturdy yoke means that once mounted, [Read More]

The Aeotec Minimote Revisited

The Aeotec Minimote Revisited

The strength of the Aeotec Minimote has always been its compact size, affordable price, and its ability as a primary inclusion controller to create a standalone Z-Wave system, featuring scenes and device associations, without the need for a gateway controller. The Minimote [Read More]

The Domitech Z-Wave Smart LED Light Bulb

The Domitech Z-Wave Smart LED Light Bulb

There’s a lot to like about the Domitech Z-Wave Smart LED Light Bulb: It’s a good-looking bulb – no strange contours or ugly heat sink fins. It’s bright – equivalent to a 60 Watt incandescent bulb, but only consumes 9 Watts. The bulb puts out a uniform, soft [Read More]

The Aeon Labs Siren Provides Audible and Visible Alerts of System Events

The Aeon Labs Siren Provides Audible and Visible Alerts of System Events

The Aeon Labs Z-Wave Siren plugs into any household outlet and features five user-selectable audible tones and three bright, flashing LEDs to notify you of alarm events in your home. The Aeotec site says that the focus of this product is the safety and security of your [Read More]

Enerwave Ceiling Mounted Z-Wave Motion Sensor

Enerwave Ceiling Mounted Z-Wave Motion Sensor

I have been using an Enerwave ceiling mounted motion sensor in my system for four months now, and I have been mostly pleased with its performance. I like best that it looks like a smoke detector and blends in. I also like that it runs on a pair of inexpensive AA batteries. [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]

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 non-profit, Baltimore Hackerspace which has consumed much more of my time than it was supposed to. There are over a thousand hackerspaces world wide and each has its [Read More]

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