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Review : Fibaro Motion Sensor

On June 2, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

The Fibaro motion sensor is a battery powered motion sensor that looks like a weird eyeball. It is compact enough to squeeze into small spaces. In my opinion the smallest motion sensor that I’ve reviewed and the best looking one so far. The following are some pictures of the sensor.        …

Automate Motorized Sliding Door With Z-Wave

On May 8, 2014, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Just when I thought I’ve almost automate everything in my home, I came across a retrofit sliding door motor. I’ve found it quite dumb to have to close the sliding door for my kitchen whenever I turn the air-conditioning on. I’ve been mulling over the possibility of becoming even lazier…

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches – Fibaro Edition

On March 25, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With No Comments

This post is a follow up from my previous post on electrical wiring guide. Seems like even with the guide and the wiring digram from Fibaro, some electricians were still not able to get it right, especially for wiring of the Fibaro 2 * 1.5kw relay to a 2 gang switch. A…

Review : Broadlink RM2 Infrared Blaster

On March 3, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

Previously, I’ve talked about using SQ Blaster Plus to automate your home entertainment system. However, SQ Blaster Plus seems to be perpetually out of stock and not replying to a ny email queries anymore. Except for occasional disconnection from the wifi network, it was a good product consumer, with extensive…

Review : Danalock Z-Wave Smart Lock for Home Automation

On January 20, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

I’ve been looking for a Z-Wave lock to complete my home automation project (Lights, home entertainment, air conditioning, curtains and blinds checked!). However, Z-Wave lock for European Z-Wave frequencies are very rare. In fact, there seems to be only Vision door locks around but I simply cannot tolerate the look…

Review: Z-Wave Multi-Sensors (Aeon Labs and Philio)

On December 19, 2013, Posted by , In Reviews, With No Comments

There are quite a few brands of Z-Wave multi-sensors in the market. They are a good addition if you like to make your home automation slightly smarter. However, not every brand works the same way. Recently I’ve tried 2 brands. One of them which caught my attention is Philio 4-in-1…

Voice Controlled Motorised Curtain and Blind

On November 17, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 1 Comment

One more step to complete my home automation project by installing an automated curtain and blind to my smart home 2 weeks ago. Yep, I’m obsessed with the crazy hobby of mine. I’ve been watching the curtain opening and closing just by voice or push of a button and the…

Android Smart Phone for Smart Home (Part 1 of 2)

On October 29, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

You have obviously heard of controlling your smart home with your smart phone, how about controlling your smart phone (in a way) with your smart home? This video below shows the possibilities by using Tasker to bake in smart home controls into your Android home screen. The home screen and…

NFC for Smarter Home Automation

On September 26, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Once again, I apologize for the long absence of post. In this week’s short post, I’m going to show you how to bring laziness to higher level. 🙂 Sometimes I find it a hassle to unlock my smartphone screen, open the home automation app or use voice command to activate…

Price List for Z-Wave Devices in Singapore

On September 1, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 4 Comments

Please proceed to http://www.automate.asia/z-wave for the complete list of items. The information provided below is for reference only and the prices in the Automate Asia website should supersede this price list. This is the list of ZWave devices that has been tested and suitable for use in Singapore. The prices…