The best smart home Hub wink Hub 2: Review

With the Hub 2, Wink is able to shift some processing from its servers down to the hub itself. That means if a bunch of lights is set to activate after you open a door, they should turn on in less time, since the hub will be able to manage some “complex automation” all on its own.

Design and Features
The Wink Hub 2’s slender, tapered design is decidedly more appealing than the originals. It has a matte white finish, measures 7.25 by 1.25 by 7.25 inches (HWD), and stands upright. A thin LED strip on the top front edge lets you know what’s going on; it blinks blue while pairing, white while rebooting, and solid blue when everything is connected and working properly.

In addition to dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy wireless networking, the Wink Hub 2 supports Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde wireless protocols. Additionally, it is Thread enabled for whenever the new low-powered mesh protocol hits the mainstream.

Setup

Getting the Wink Hub 2 up and running is pretty straightforward. Plug in the power and Ethernet, download the app to your iPhone or Android device, and then follow the setup instructions in the app. In all, it took less than 5 minutes to connect the hub to the app.

Wink’s app is quite straightforward. It automatically discovers the Wink hardware, and it’s streamlined to make adding smart home gear fairly simple, with individualized setup instructions based on the peculiarities of each product you add. The app is a bit obtuse in that, like SmartThings, it divvies up all the products it supports into categories; but it offers no way to search for your product by name.

Wink Hub 2

Wink Hub 2, Easily Control Every Device in Your Smart Home, Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

 

Manage hundreds of smart products from the best brands in one simple app. Faster, more reliable and more secure, Wink Hub 2 is the next generation of the Wink Hub. Hub 2 is compatible with more smart home technologies, so you can buy the devices you like from the brands you trust and know they’ll work seamlessly with Wink.

VOICE CONTROL: Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (devices sold separately)

CONNECT ALL YOUR SMART DEVICES: Easily connect and manage your smart home ecosystem with Wink Hub 2. Compatible with all major smart home categories, including cameras & doorbells, lighting & locks, thermostats, sensors & alarms, appliances, speakers and more.

ONE SIMPLE APP: Control all your home’s smart devices, no matter where you may be, using the Wink app on your smartphone. Set up shortcuts that let you turn off all your home’s lights with a single tap or automatically turns up the thermostat when the front door is unlocked.

ULTIMATE COMPATIBILITY: Wink Hub 2 enables you to connect and control 400+ smart home devices, including those made by Nest, Philips, Ring, Ecobee, GoControl, Schlage, Sonos, Arlo, Yale and Chamberlain.

THE LARGEST PROTOCOL SUPPORT: Wink Hub 2 supports Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Kidde, and Lutron Clear Connect. Works with more smart home protocols than any other platform.

MULTIPLE CONNECTION OPTIONS: Setup your Wink Hub 2 via 5GHz Wi-Fi or included Ethernet port.

Last Words:

Wink’s second smart-home hub is a nice improvement over the original. It has a sleeker design, and it’s future-proofed to work with upcoming smart-home protocols (if Google gets its act together). Wink’s app also makes it very easy for newbies to connect several smart home gadgets under one roof.

Nest smoke detector to safe your smart home

A smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are two of the main home devices. As important as they are for your home, they all have the same purpose—to release a loud alarm when triggered. The Nest smoke detector Protect does things differently. A smart, sleek, all-in-one smoke and carbon monoxide detector, it’s one of the most popular alarms on the market.

Protect is a smart alarm, meaning it connects to the internet, sends reports to your smartphone or tablet, and can even inform your smart thermostat to disable the boiler if it detects a CO2 leak.

You’ll need a smartphone to set up your first Protect detector. After installing the free Nest App and creating an account, you can add the alarm by scanning the QR code on the rear face. It automatically creates a temporary Wi-Fi hotspot, connects to your phone and registers with your account. You can then add it to your main home wireless network and check its status at any time.

How does it work?

When Nest Protect detects threats in your home, it sends a notification directly to your smartphone. These real-time notifications allow you to handle the situation from wherever you are – you won’t always be home when disaster strikes – and contact local emergency services if necessary.

The Nest app isn’t the only way to integrate the Nest Protect in a unified smart home, the smart smoke alarm also works with popular third-party platforms such as Nexia, Vera and Wink. You can even connect Nest devices to Amazon Alexa and Google Home smart speakers and control them with voice commands. However, the Nest Protect itself doesn’t work with Alexa. Nest devices don’t work with Apple HomeKit.

Last words

As with any other category in the smart home, I recommend starting small and building from there once you’ve found a device you like. Think about the size of your home when picking your device category for smart smoke detection. Having a plan in place can help you smoothly expand from a single devices.

Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm | 2nd Generation Wired Smoke and Carbon Detector

 

  • The new Nest Protect has been redesigned from the inside out. It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, tests itself automatically, and lasts up to a decade.
  • It’s also the first home alarm you can hush from your phone without any extra hardware required. And just like the original Nest Protect, it tells you what¡¯s wrong and can even alert your phone.
  • Meet the all-new Nest Protect. The smoke alarm other alarms look up to.
  • Hush alarms with your phone, not your dish towel. If everything¡¯s under control and there¡¯s only a little smoke, quiet down the alarm from the Nest app.
  • Everyone in your family can know what¡¯s going on, from anywhere. When something¡¯s wrong, Nest Protect sends everyone an alert in case no one¡¯s home.
  • Tired of getting woken up at 2am by your smoke alarm? Long before it has to chirp, Nest Protect tells you its batteries are running low with a message on your phone.
  • Test all your alarms with a tap. And once the test is done, you¡¯ll get a full report.

5 best Smart smoke detector for your smart home

Among all the smart-home devices available today, a smart smoke alarm is probably the most important—even smart-home skeptics should consider getting one.

Smart smoke detectors operate much like traditional smoke detectors, sounding an alarm when smoke or fire is detected and providing as much warning as possible to get out safely in the event of a house fire.

Where smart smoke detectors have an edge is their ability to send a notification to your phone when the alarm is triggered – even if you are away from home. Most important, an alarm should connect with other alarms in the home, either wirelessly or (if your home supports it) through a hardwired connection. This means that when one alarm senses danger, all of the alarms will sound. This is a crucial safety feature that can save you precious seconds in evacuating your home. Smart smoke detectors also notify you when the battery gets low or if there is a problem with the sensors in the unit.

Most models of smart smoke detectors also incorporate carbon monoxide detection into their features as well. The Protect’s sensors can detect carbon monoxide, heat, humidity, room occupancy, and ambient light.

5 best Smart smoke detector

1. Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm | 2nd Generation Wired Smoke and Carbon Detector

The new Nest Protect has been redesigned from the inside out. It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, tests itself automatically, and lasts up to a decade. It’s also the first home alarm you can hush from your phone without any extra hardware required. And just like the original Nest Protect, it tells you what¡¯s wrong and can even alert your phone.
Meet the all-new Nest Protect. The smoke alarm other alarms look up to.
Hush alarms with your phone, not your dish towel. If everything¡¯s under control and there¡¯s only a little smoke, quiet down the alarm from the Nest app.
Everyone in your family can know what¡¯s going on, from anywhere. When something¡¯s wrong, Nest Protect sends everyone an alert in case no one¡¯s home.
Tired of getting woken up at 2 am by your smoke alarm? Long before it has to chirp, Nest Protect tells you its batteries are running low with a message on your phone.

Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm | 2nd Generation Wired Smoke and Carbon Detector

2.  Smk/Co Alarm Batt Wht

  • Easily detects the location and cause of the problem Can be easily and immediately silenced from your phone Split-spectrum sensor detects fast and slow burning fires Sends alerts to your phone in case you aren’t home
  • Easily Detects The Location And Cause Of The Problem
  • Can Be Easily And Immediately Silenced From Your Phone
  • Split-spectrum Sensor Detects Fast And Slow Burning Fires
  • Sends Alerts To Your Phone In Case You Are Not Home

Smk/Co Alarm Batt Wht

 

3.  Airthings Wave Smart Radon Detector

  • Air Things wave is not just a radon detector. It will provide you with detailed information about radon, temperature and humidity levels right on your phone. View daily, weekly, monthly and yearly measurements in the free mobile app.
  • Use the data to take the necessary steps to protect your home and loved ones from the dangers of radon gas. 2 aa batteries will provide you will approximately 1.5 years of peace of mind.
  • Accessing your radon levels in real time is necessary to minimize the potential health effects.
  • Know your levels by using the free mobile app or wave in front of the device for easy to use color coding, also shown in the app. Green (good), yellow (warning) and red (danger).

Airthings Wave Smart Radon Detector with Free app – Easy-to-Use – Temp and Humidity – Accurate – No Lab Fees – Battery Operated

4.  Nest 9750016 T3016US Thermostat, 3.3 x 1.2 x 3.3, Black

  • The Nest Learning Thermostat is here to help make your home work for you. Using smart learning technology, the Nest Learning Thermostat can learn what you like and automatically adjust itself to your comfort level.
  • After a couple of days of manual adjustments, the Nest Learning Thermostat can anticipate when you would want to turn the temperature up, to help keep you cozy in the morning, and set the temperature down as you head to bed.
  • The Thermostat also works in combination with your Nest Cellphone App. Remotely change the temperature so that your house can be warm when you come home or, turn the temperature down to save energy while you’re away.
  • The Nest Thermostat is just one part of your heating and cooling system. But it can keep an eye on the rest of it. You’ll get an alert on your phone if there’s something wrong – like temperatures are so low your pipes could burst. And if it looks like your furnace is acting up, the Nest Thermostat will send you an alert.
  • Nest is focused on making simple, human, delightful things. That’s how we’re creating the thoughtful home: A home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.

Nest 9750016 T3016US Thermostat, 3.3 x 1.2 x 3.3, Black

5.  SENTROL CLOUD DIY Smart Home Alarm Kit, Smart brain as WiFi router and Buzzer

IoT(Internet of Things) Wireless Controller Gateway

  • Operating Frequency:2.4GHz ISM Band
  • Power Supply:AC 100V~240V to DC 12V adapter
  • Connectors:RJ45 for Ethernet, 1 x USB , DC jack DC 12V adapter, Built-in antenna
  • Operating Environment:-10°C to +60°C / +14°F to +140°F
  • Dimensions:118(L) x 97(W) x 27(H) mm
  • Certifications:CE / FCC
  • Weight:117g

Wireless Smart Plug

  • Operating Voltage: 100 ~ 120 VAC
  • Power Frequency: 50 ~ 60 Hz Max.
  • Load Capacity: US: 12 A/100-120 VAC
  • Color: Pearl-white
  • Material: UL 94_V0 fire protection material
  • Dimensions: (L) 68 X (W) 29 X (H) 50 mm
  • Weight 81.5 g / 2.9 oz
  • Certification FCC, NCC, UL

IoT Wireless PIR Motion Sensor

  • Sensing Range:10 m / 110 ° in horizontal / 92 ° in vertical
  • Installation height:2.0 to 2.5 meters / 8.2 feet
  • Transmission Range:Up to 25 meters / 82 feet
  • Power Consumption:10 ~ +50 °C / +14 ~ +122 ºF
  • Power Supply:CR123A battery x 2
  • Dimensions:79 (L) x 52 (W) x 60 (H) mm

IoT Wireless Door Open/Close Sensor

  • Wireless Protocol:Compliant IEEE802.15.4 IoT HA Profile
  • Operating Frequency:2.4 GHz
  • Dimensions:40(L) X 38(W) X 11(H) mm
  • Certifications:CE/ FCC
  • Weight: 12g/0.4oz
  • Battery Life: 1 year (depends on usage pattern)

SENTROL CLOUD DIY Smart Home Alarm Kit, Smart brain as WiFi router and Buzzer, Day/Night scenario mode APP, UL-certified Smart plug for remote control, 110 wide range motion detector, door sensor …

 

Mr. coffee smart wifi enabled coffee maker: Review

Mr. coffee smart wifi-enabled coffee maker is obsessed with making you a perfect cup of coffee at home with minimal effort on your part. Morning, perfection is not a concept any of us need to be familiar with. You can control this machine using your smartphone, and schedule it to start brewing in your office before you even leave your house.  That means you can command the machine to brew from anywhere you have access to the WeMo mobile app and live Internet connection. The Optimal Brew also supports a fully customizable 7-day programmable schedule and is easy to handle and clean.

While simple coffee makers like this one are still coveted by regular coffee drinkers, there are other coffee drinkers who may want a little bit more in terms of features.

Look:

Most of the brewer is made from black plastic, though it has a reflective silver façade that’s meant to look like stainless steel. A 10-cup thermal decanter rests at the base, and keeps coffee warm for at least two hours after it’s been brewed.

Mr. Coffee is black with stainless steel or silver-colored plastic, giving it a timeless look.

At 14.25 x 11 x 8.75 inches, the Mr. Coffee machine takes up a lot more space on your kitchen counter than a typical French press.

The only indication that this machine is Internet-ready is a Wi-Fi indicator light on the front that turns amber or green, depending on its connection status. On the top left, a clear plastic reservoir holds water for up to 10 cups; I like that you can remove the reservoir from the coffee maker, which makes it easy to fill and clean.

What makes it smart?

Smart Optimal Brew uses Wi-Fi wireless networking to talk to Belkin’s WeMo mobile app on either iOS or Android phones and tablets. This gives the coffeemaker some novel capabilities such as full 7-day weekly programmable brewing schedule. So if you want to have the device automatically brew coffee at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday but perhaps 9 a .m. on Saturday and maybe 11 a.m. on Sunday, no sweat.

The WeMo app also provides a much more intuitive way to interact with the appliance than using the glorified VCR control pads common on basic programmable coffeemakers. You just tap the Mr. Coffee icon within the app then touch the green arrow under its name to tweak its brewing schedule. The appliance and the WeMo app will also push notifications for when the water tank needs a refill or if the water filter is due for a replacement.

 

Mr. coffee smart wifi-enabled coffee maker

Mr. Coffee Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker, BVMC-PSTX91WE

Price

The price of the Mr. Coffee WeMo is pretty much in the middle of the road when compared to other auto drip coffee makers.

You can check Amazon for the most up-to-date price.

Score: 3

The Coffee Quality

As noted earlier, I was pleasantly surprised by the way the coffee tasted. It was hot and consistently delicious.

The grounds appeared to be evenly saturated, the coffee was hot, and the brew time was in the acceptable SCAA range (note: this is not an SCAA Certified Coffee Maker).

 

5 Best smart coffee maker for your smart home

Smart coffee makers work like any other drip coffee maker with a filter basket.  In essence, anything that’s connected to the Internet is a smart coffee maker. Smart coffee makers have been around for a few years, and while they still haven’t eclipsed non-connected coffee makers in popularity, they offer much more control and convenience than convential models. The functionality this connection provides will range from maker to maker, with some options offering simple apps that merely let you start brewing remotely on demand or via a timer. We’ve included the best we’ve tested here, but it’s important to understand exactly what type of machine you want before buying.

How does it work?

Coffee from smart coffee makers generally tastes the same as coffee made by standard models using the same beans. After all, coffee makers use the same processes whether they’re triggered by an app or not.

All of the coffee makers included in this roundup are networked in some form, either to the internet via Wi-Fi or over Bluetooth directly to your smartphone. Most of them have their own apps for customizing your brew settings and scheduling brew times.

The smart coffee maker for your smart home

1. Nespresso Inissia Original Espresso Machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother Bundle by Breville, Titan

Nespresso Inissia by Breville offers an impeccable single serve coffee or espresso cup every time, thanks to its automatic operation and patented extraction system which delivers up to 19 bars of pressure. The Inissia is the perfect coffee machine that fits perfectly into any interior design.

Eliminate the wait time with how fast the water reaches the ideal temperature in less 25 seconds in a single touch. This automatic coffee machine gets your perfect cup of coffee or espresso to you fast.

Nespresso Inissia Original Espresso Machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother Bundle by Breville, Titan

2.  Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum

Simple operation – thanks to the one-switch operating concept of the smart rotary switch
Height-adjustable Coffee spout – the Height of the Coffee spout can be adjusted between 2.6 – 4.4 inches to allow any size of cup to be used
Fine foam frothier – the revolutionary fine foam technology ensures unique milk foam quality with a fine, feather-light consistency
Combination of striking clean lines, compact Dimensions, high-quality materials and uncompromising workmanship
Turn, press, enjoy – that’s how easy it is to enter the world of impressa

Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum

3. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine, Esperta 2, Espresso and Cappuccino Pods

The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto esperta 2 is a professional-grade pressure based system that that will allow you to extract and squeeze the most flavor, aroma, and body from the Coffee to deliver a high quality cup every time. Its 15 bars of pressure refers to the level of pressure used to extract the Coffee from each capsule ensuring the highest level of quality.

Exclusively for Dolce gusto capsules – the esperta 2 single serve Coffee maker is exclusively for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto capsules. Easily prepare black coffees, espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, and more. The Dolce gusto Patented smart capsule design regulates pressure and ensures consistency in every cup.

Easy interface – boasting an easy-to-use wheel interface with a 7-level LED display, the esperta 2 allows you to control the size and intensity of your Coffee, giving you a Truly customized Coffee experience. Just match the LED bars to the bars on your Dolce gusto capsule and brew.

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine, Esperta 2, Espresso and Cappuccino Pods

4. Keurig K15 Single-Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black Plum

small and personal; great for small spaces and portable design goes anywhere.
Brew sizes: brews your perfect amount, any cup size between 6-10 oz. Use the 6 oz. Cup size for a bolder brew.
Water reservoir: single cup water reservoir for ultimate portability – just add fresh water for each brew.
Available in a variety of fun colors to complement any decor, and also compatible with the Keurig classic series My K-Cup reusable Coffee filter, so you can brew your own ground Coffee.
Keurig single serve Coffee makers are expertly engineered to deliver a consistently delicious beverage experience, giving you the same great taste, cup after cup. You can create and customize your perfect beverage, at the touch of a button, and prepare Coffee, tea, cocoa and more just the way you like it. All Keurig brewers also dispense hot water, adding to their versatility.

 

Keurig K15 Single-Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black Plum

 

 

5. Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Hot Water System, Black/Stainless

Now you’re never more than a minute away from enjoying your favorite instant soup, hot cocoa, tea and more.

12-Cup Coffeemaker

12-Cup Carafe with a drip-free pour spout and a comfortable handle

Fully Automatic with auto-on and auto shutoff, self-clean function and 1-4 cup setting.

Carafe Temperature Control offers a heater plate with High, Medium and Low settings to keep coffee at the temperature you prefer

Brew Pause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle has finished

Charcoal Water Filter and Gold Tone Filter remove impurities that can alter the taste of your beverages

BPA Free

Hot Water System

Hot Water On Demand heats up fast to let you enjoy oatmeal, soup, tea, cocoa, and more any time you like. Simply press the lever to dispense hot water

Easy to Use indicator lights let you know when water is hot and ready to dispense, and when it’s time to refill

Removable Drip Tray leaves you plenty of room for tall travel mugs

Separate Hot Water System has its own power button and 54-ounce water reservoir; operates independently or at the same time as the coffeemaker

Safety Feature prevents hot water from being dispensed

Charcoal Water Filter removes impurities that can alter the taste of your beverage

Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Hot Water System, Black/Stainless

 

 

August smart home lock : Review

Hello Readers, few smart lock systems are even remotely aesthetically pleasing, but August Home, which was founded only five years ago, figured out from the beginning that consumers aren’t really looking for ugly, industrial hardware to install in their entry halls. The August Smart Lock has clearly been designed from the start with modern, tasteful looks squarely in mind. (This makes sense, considering famed designer Yves Béhar is a co-founder.) In almost any home, the August will look good, an obviously high-tech item that still avoids being too obtrusive.

August lock supports things like automatic locking and unlocking. That said, they left out things like Z-Wave and HomeKit integration but added in a feature called DoorSense. Using a secondary sensor, the Smart Lock can now tell if the door has been left ajar.

Installation

August includes everything needed to install the Smart Lock Pro, right down to the piece of masking tape you’ll need to keep the front half of your existing deadbolt from falling down when you remove the back half. The Smart Lock Pro is only compatible with deadbolts that are separate from the doorknob, called a single-cylinder deadbolt

On its own, the lock is strictly a Bluetooth system, so each user will only be able to access the door when approaching within a few dozen feet.

App design and features

August’s cleanly designed app is one of the reasons the company’s Doorbell Cam Pro is our favorite video doorbell, and the same app controls the Smart Lock Pro. In fact, the app lets you link the devices, so when you get a notification that someone’s at the door, you can tap a button to unlock the door for them. Unlocking takes a couple of seconds, but seemed fast enough to me, and took less time than it would for me to get off the couch and unlock the door.

August Smart home Lock 2nd Generation – Silver, Works with Amazon Alexa

No more fumbling for keys. Control access to your home with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or your smartphone. Auto-unlocks your door as you approach and automatically locks your door after you enter. No more hiding keys under the mat with virtual keys, and the 24/7 activity log lets you know who opens you door and when. Your exterior door hardware stays the same. August Smart Lock replaces only the interior of your standard deadbolt. Install yourself in minutes.

August Smart Lock 2nd Generation – Silver, Works with Amazon Alexa

 

 

5 Best Smart home locks to secure your home

Smart door locks offer sophisticated “access control” feature to any home or business. Proximity sensors like Bluetooth and NFC can enable a door to unlock whenever an authorized user’s smartphone approaches. Users can also remotely lock and unlock the door, or share access with any number of others, using mobile apps.

Smart locks have come a long way in both technology and design. The best smart locks on the market are not only super effective, but they also look like designer pieces that lend a touch of style to your front door.

Many companies are active in the smart door lock market, including traditional lock makers as well as startups. Here are some options that are currently available for purchase for this year 2018.

5 Best Smart home locks

  1. Ring Video Doorbell 2

The next-generation Ring Video Doorbell 2 lets you watch over your home and answer the door from your phone, tablet and pc. Ring Video Doorbell 2 comes with adjustable motion sensors, so you can focus on the most important areas of your yard. When anyone triggers your motion sensors or presses your doorbell, you’ll get an instant alert on your phone, tablet, and pc. Answer the alert, and you can see, hear and speak to people at your door from anywhere. With Ring, you can also use live view to get on-demand streaming video and two-way audio, so you can check-in on your property at any time. And with its built-in night vision sensors and weather-resistant design, you can protect your home around the clock – day or night, rain or shine.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

 

2.  August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge

Disclaimer
Warranty is only effective for US & CA customers.
Control your door from anywhere.
Connect your August Smart Lock to Wi-Fi.
Always know that your door is locked.
Lock or unlock your door, even if you are away from home.
Voice Control – Connect your lock to Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or Siri.
Get instant alerts when someone enters or exits your home.

August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge

3.  Chamberlain KLIK2U Clicker Universal Garage Door Keypad

This Chamberlain Clicker Universal Keyless Entry System is compatible with any brand of garage door opener or gate system, with simple, easy-to-follow programming that gets it up and running in seconds. It uses a 9-volt battery (included) and attaches to the side of the garage opening with no wiring required. The keypad has a protective cover and is lighted to make the numbers easy to see when it’s dark.
Compatible with almost all brands of garage door openers manufactured after 1993 that have standard safety sensors.
Backlit keypad facilitates quick and easy 4-digit code keyless entry for immediate garage access.

Chamberlain KLIK2U Clicker Universal Garage Door Keypad

4.  Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm

Schlage BE469NX Camelot Connected Deadbolt lends modern convenience to functionality with Z-Wave technology and the ability to stay connected remotely via pairing with a compatible home automation system. Battery operated to ensure easy installation. Backed by a limited lifetime mechanical and finish and 1 year electronic warranty.
Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately). Does not support unlock by voice at this time.
Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately)
Touch Screen keypad and lock cylinder on exterior and thumb turn interior
Stores up to 30 personalized user codes at a time

Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Works with Amazon Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619

 

5.  Yale Assure Lock with Bluetooth and Z-Wave, Satin Nickel – Works with Your Smart Home

Lose your keys. For good. Lock and unlock your home without the hassle of keys by rotating your smartphone and tapping the keypad, or with your 4-8 digit pin code. Forget lending keys; share digital keys with friends and family using the free Yale assure app on your iOS, Android or Samsung gear smartwatch. When integrated into most Z-Wave home automation and alarm systems, including SmartThings, lock and unlock from anywhere, share access and receive notifications. Works with Amazon Alexa (lock and check lock status only) when used with a SmartThings Hub and app or Wink Hub and app. The lock is simple to install and even easier to use.

Yale Assure Lock with Bluetooth and Z-Wave, Satin Nickel – Works with Your Smart Home, Including SmartThings and Wink (YRD446ZW2619)

 

 

TP-Link HS200 Smart wifi switch : Review

Smart wall switches are not your average lighting controls; they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network and make it possible for you to control your lighting either by flicking the switch on the wall as you stroll by or by using your smartphone from thousands of miles away. But which switch best fits the needs of your smart home? We put a smart switch to the test to find out.

TP-Link HS200 Smart wifi switch

  • Remote Access—Control your home lighting from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet using the free Kasa app
  • Scheduling—Set lights to turn off and on at dawn, dusk, or any time that works with your daily schedule
  • Away Mode—Make it look like you’re home when you’re not by having your lights turn off and on randomly while away
  • Compatibility – Compatible with Android, iOS and Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
  • LED Indicator—Find the switch easily, even at night when all your lights are turned off
  • Connects to Wi-Fi – Secure home Wi-Fi connection is required

 

1. TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch

Turn fixtures on or off from anywhere with your tablet or smartphone using the free Kasa app (Compatible w/ iOS 8 or higher & Android 4.1x or higher)
Use Away-Mode to turn devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home while you are away
Check on devices remotely, create schedules, and set timers. Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control of fixtures (no hub required)
Requires a neutral wire. Not recommended to use with a metal faceplate which may interfere with a Wi-Fi connection
Output voltage: 100 – 120V

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, No Hub Required, Single Pole, Control Your Fixtures From Anywhere (HS200), Works with Amazon Alexa Kit (2-Pack)

2.  TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, No Hub Required, Single Pole, Requires Neutral Wire, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Wi-Fi Enabled Light Smart Switch w/Energy Monitoring. Note1: Please don’t twine two Live Lines (Live Line and Load Line), and connect them to your socket powerline. Note2: If you really can’t find out a Neutral Line in your Powerline socket, please contact a professional electrician to reform your socket powerline, or you can’t install our HS200.
Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control. Remote Access: Control devices connected to the Smart Switch wherever you have Internet using the free Kasa app on your smartphone
Wireless Type: 2.4GHz, 1T1R. System Requirements: Android 4.1 or higher, iOS 9.0 or higher
Turn electronics on or off from anywhere with your tablet or smartphone using the free Kasa app (Compatible w/ Android 4.1 or higher & iOS8 or higher)

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, No Hub Required, Single Pole, Requires Neutral Wire, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant (HS200)

Design and installation

The first thing to note about the TP-Link HS200 is its design: It’s a good-looking device. On the front, you’ll find a large switch that has a satisfying click when you press it in. There are two lights in the front of the switch too – one that turns on when the light is off, presumably to help you find it in the dark, and another Wi-Fi indicator.

One thing to note about this switch, like some other smart switches, is that the main module at the back of it is big … like, really big.

The Best Smart home Speakers of 2018

If you’re considering a voice assistance platform, this guide will explain the various options and help you choose the one that best meets your needs, along with the right devices for your home.

Voice assistants have emerged from two distinct places, but now they’ve largely converged. Alexa on the Amazon Echo introduced the idea of a voice-controlled speaker and has since been added to Amazon Fire TV devices and some third-party speakers. Since it started on a speaker, most people initially thought of it as a way to play streaming music. After Amazon opened up Alexa to third parties, smart home providers hooked into it to let you do things like control your lights and thermostat by voice.

The Best Smart home Speakers of 2018

So take a look at our guide below and find the smart speaker that suits your current setup, your budget and the aesthetics of your home – each of the speakers in our guide below has something called an artificial intelligence (or AI) inside of them. All of the tasks above (and many, many more) are carried out with help from the AI and without it, the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod would just be regular old dumb speakers.

  1. Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon Tap is a portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled speaker that gives you rich, full-range sound. When connected to Wi-Fi, just tap the microphone button and ask for music, hear the news, search for information, order a pizza, and more with the Alexa Voice Service.
Just tap and ask for music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Enable hands-free mode to control music and more from a distance.

Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

2. COWIN DiDa with Amazon Alexa Bluetooth Speakers

COWIN DiDa works as a Amazon certified Alexa voice-enabled speaker you control with your voice. DiDa connects to the Alexa Voice Service, just touch the microphone button and ask for music, hear news, search for information, order a pizza, and more-instantly. All you have to do is ask
Superior Sound Quality: With its dual 7.5-watt acoustic drivers and frequency response of 50Hz-20KHz, COWIN DiDa can stream loud and crystal clear stereo sound. Room filling powerful sound, perfect for home, dorm room, kitchen, car, parties; streaming music or internet radio services such as Airplay, DLNA ,Qplay ,Spotify

COWIN DiDa with Amazon Alexa Bluetooth Speakers, Smart Wireless Wifi Portable Bluetooth Speaker 15W Output Power with Enhanced Bass- Black

 

3. Bowers & Wilkins T7 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Excellent Bass, Black

PORTABLE HI-FI AUDIO – T7 is a hifi speaker you can pick up and play anywhere. Just charge it up, and it’s good for 18 solid hours of playback. Take your premium audio with you.
HI-RES BLUETOOTH TRANSFER – With T7, you can stream audio directly from any Bluetooth-enabled PC, tablet, or mobile phone. T7 uses Bluetooth aptX, which allows the transfer of high-res audio data to produce exceptional sound quality, wirelessly.

Bowers & Wilkins T7 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Excellent Bass, Black

4.  Damson Oyster Bluetooth Speaker – Black

Introducing Oyster

Damson Oyster, a powerful portable Bluetooth speaker with a built in battery that can power your tunes for up to 12 hours off one charge.

Incredible sound in a sleek package

Incredible Sound in a Sleek Package
3D Sound

Not only is the Damson Oyster one of the best looking speakers available on the market, it is one of the most unique. By utilizing 3D software, Oyster produces room filling sound that you would not expect from a device so small. This is the speaker that could ultimately replace your home HiFi system.

AptX For Ultimate Wireless Clarity

Oyster also embraces AptX technology, which allows Aptx enabled devices to stream music over Bluetooth with the same clarity as you would expect if you were using a cable. Let’s face it though, who likes having to deal with cables getting tangled up everywhere? With Oyster you can cut the cord.

Portable 3D Bluetooth Speaker

Thumping 3D Sound to Carry Anywhere
Built for You

From the first time you receive your Damson Oyster you will straight away realize you are holding a beautifully engineered piece of kit, from the luxury packaging to the sleek lines of Oyster itself as well as the satisfying weight when holding it in your hand.

At the size of an American football, Oyster fits perfectly into your life whether your just hoping to keep it in your room or plan to throw it in the provided travel case and take it to the beach, boat house, camp or wherever strikes your fancy.

Multi-Drivers, Multi-Amps

With removable metal grills you can snap them off without fear of breaking any tabs and take a look at the raw underbelly of Oyster. It reveals 4 drivers each powered independently by their own amplifiers. This, coupled with the 3D sound experience, allows Oyster to produce real dynamic sound, as though the sound is being thrown at you from all angles. It produces rich deep sounds that feel like they are coming from all around you, effectively like a virtual surround sound system. Now just snap back on the grills with a satisfying “clunk”.

Switchable Grills

Customize your Look with Switchable Grills
Customize Your Oyster

The grills are only removable so you can have a look around, they allow you to customize your Oyster to your taste with a fantastic color range to select from.

No matter what your music tastes are you will find Oyster extremely satisfying as it delivers crisp vocals, rich and clear acoustics as well as deep thumping bass.

Damson Oyster Bluetooth Speaker – Black

5.  iHome iAVS16 Alexa Bedside Speaker System with Far Field Voice, Bluetooth, and USB Charging

Amazon alexa is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. Just Ask alexa to play music, control your smart home, hear the news, check weather and more.
The iAVS16 also allows you to play your music and answer calls over the Bluetooth wireless Connection.

iHome iAVS16 Alexa Bedside Speaker System with Far Field Voice, Bluetooth, and USB Charging

 

Best Security and surveillance camera: Netgear Arlo Q Review

Once upon a time, alarm systems needed to be installed by a professional, costing you valuable time and money. Nowadays, there are plenty of solutions like smart security cameras like Netgear Arlo Q that can be easily installed and set up by you—often within a matter of minutes.
What you really want in a smart camera is something that stays out of our way, looks good enough to blend in without making our homes look like high-security prisons, and offers a painless way to interact with it.

Some brands will offer you a small amount of cloud storage for nothing, others offer nothing for nothing and some get around the problem by recording everything to a local SD card. That comes with its own issues (what happens when a burglar comes in and pinches the camera and the evidence?). Some off-site storage is a must.

Design and build: Netgear Arlo Q

This camera’s compact and crisp white form will help it blend into the background, especially when mounted on a white ceiling or wall, but the smart symmetrical design is not unattractive in its own right. The stand mount uses a metal ball and socket joint that feels stiff and well-made, and there’s a strong magnet in the base plate which lets it grip securely to a metal surface without the need for screws.

There’s no Ethernet port, and no slot for a media storage card (though both are available with the Arlo Q Plus), which makes the camera very compact and especially easy to install. Overall, this camera feels superior to the flimsy D-Link DCS-2530L and the floppy Samsung SNH-P6410NB, models which sell for a similar price.

The only button on the camera itself is for triggering the wireless connection process

Arlo by NETGEAR Security Camera – Add-on Wire-Free HD Camera [Base Station not included] | Indoor/Outdoor | Night Vision (VMC3030)

Arlo by NETGEAR Security Camera (NETGEAR Certified Refurbished) – Add-on Wire-Free HD Camera [Base Station not included] | Indoor/Outdoor | Night Vision (VMC3030)

Arlo by NETGEAR Security Camera Kit – 3 Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor HD Cameras with Skins & 1 Arlo Q 1080p HD Indoor Camera | Night Vision (VMK3200-100NAS)

Arlo by NETGEAR Security Camera Kit – 4 Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor HD Cameras & 2 Arlo Q 1080p HD Indoor Cameras | Night Vision (VMK3500)

Arlo by NETGEAR Security System – 1 Wire–Free HD Camera| Indoor/Outdoor | Night Vision (VMS3130)

Installation and use

Installing a single Arlo Q is a simple case of screwing the articulated mount to the wall or ceiling. It’s even easier if you’re attaching it to a metal surface, thanks to the magnet. Just be careful not to put the camera down on your laptop because the magnet is strong enough to permanently ruin a spinning hard drive.

Performance

When viewed on a smartphone and recorded in Full HD mode in a brightly lit room, the picture quality is impressive. Vivid and detailed, it’s easy to recognize familiar faces and even read the headlines of any newspaper in the room. Dim the lights and, unsurprisingly, a lot of detail is lost and the image becomes grainy. In complete darkness, the infrared camera can pick up objects towards the centre of the image if they’re closer than five meters

Features

The 130-degree lens is wide enough to take in the whole room if you position the camera well. It can record at three different resolutions, but we’d recommend the best (1080p) if you want to see detail and recognise faces. The Arlo is also fitted with a microphone for sensing sound and a tiny speaker for two-way communication.

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