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Home Automation Do's and Don'ts

Without question, 'Do your homework' is always the best advice to follow before taking on any project that is going to result in a considerable outlay of cash, change the way you conduct your life, and reconfigure your home.

Home automation systems are available which use specialized hardwiring, the existing wiring in your home, radio frequency (RF) and Wi-fi, or a combination of all of the above. Itís important to research the type of system that is the best fit for you. If you don't understand the information you find on your own, find someone who does understand it and can explain it to you in a way you can fathom.

Don't skimp on the control system. Be aware that things you already own may not be able to be integrated into the home automation system you choose. The cost to own and operate a system, compatibility of components, and ease of use will either make owning a home automation system a true boon or a major bust for you.

In the planning stage, be realistic about what you need from a home automation system, clear on what you want from the features, and aware of what you would simply like and want but not necessarily need. Make a list. Knowing when Miss Kitty uses the pet door is nice, but do you really want to get an email from your system every time she goes out to get some air? Will your elderly neighbors call the cops thinking someone is in your home when you are in Bora Bora and turning the living room lamps on and off remotely?

Weigh the cost savings to be gained against the price of the system components. Does it make good economic sense? Penny wise and pound-foolish is not a new concept.

If you really are a techno-whiz and a handy-man par excellence, as well as being a registered electrician, a do-it-yourself home automation system may be just the thing for you. The price may be more reasonable, and there are components and gizmos available to work your way far along the need-want-like list. Youíll have the pride of saying you did it all yourself, not to mention you can be the envy of everyone you know since you could create the coolest house since George Jetson.

For the rest of us mere mortals who want all the advantages a home automation system has to offer, but who cannot do it all ourselves, do not despair. Professional systems are readily available, and choosing the right system, choosing the right vendor offering the services you need to operate and maintain your home automation system, and choosing the right components may take time and study, but it is worth the effort.

A home automation system that integrates safety features with labor saving devices, with an eye toward husbanding environmental resources, is no longer a futuristic dream from a technology standpoint nor from an economic one. Good research and good choices will make it a reality for you.

It's Time to Fool with Mother Nature: Use the Weather Forecast to Automate Your Home

We all know how to get a weather report by asking Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for the information "¶ or checking an app "¶ or programming a home-automation system to present the Web-based data on a touchscreen. We can even install a weather station ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:58:00 GMT

Smart Home benefits and risks: look before you connect

Considering what's at stake, it's even more necessary for us to take stock of the situation and get a better sense of what you gain and what you lose when you make your home smart, sometimes smarter than you even. Automation is really the biggest ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:54:00 GMT

HomeKit Weekly: Getting started with Apple's Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple's smart home framework. In our inaugural edition of HomeKit Weekly, we're starting with the basics: becoming familiar with ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:08:00 GMT

WWDC 2018: Apple, Siri and the future of mobile voice automation in iOS 12

controlling home lighting automation; listening to podcasts; asking how to spell a word; or requesting a car from Uber or Lyft. Other "Skills" were odd novelties, such as playing cat noises or thunderstorm sound effects, asking for a word definition of the ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:11:00 GMT

Seven years in, Nest is hitting its smart home stride

your Nest Cam IQ Indoor can stop recording while you're home for privacy, your Nest Thermostat E can adjust to your preferred temperature and your Nest Secure alarm system can disarm -- all automatically. That sort of automation is great when it works ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:45:05 GMT

Reply Inaugurates Innovative Test Automation Centre

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: ... By being available "as a service" , a Test Automation Centre offers companies the ability to monitor the quality of products and ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:12:00 GMT

A digital fridge magnet that acts as a home hub

Well, Triby has come of age. It now combines Amazon's Alexa technology with Apple's HomeKit home automation ecosystem and suddenly looks like a near-indispensable hub for anyone interested in home automation. This new Triby, still called just Triby ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:51:00 GMT

Angie's List: Home security & automation

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) --You probably know your security system can monitor your alarms and locks, but increasingly, home automation can be tied into a single network controlled by your security interface. "You can automate many features of your home ...

Published:  Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:49:49 GMT

It's Time for a Complete Home App Makeover

You can find out more about Club MacStories and subscribe here. I've spent a lot of time experimenting with home automation gear since late last year: lightbulbs, light strips, electrical plugs, and door sensors, among other things. Most of the devices I ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:40:00 GMT



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