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Planning for your Z-Wave light switches

On May 7, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 1 Comment

“I’m automating 5 lights, I currently have some 2-3 gangs switches. How many Z-Wave Wall switches do I need to purchase?” I realised I’ve been answering this kind question a lot in email and I think I should provide a guide here.To answer this question, let us first understand what…

Z-Wave, LightwaveRF and the Neutral Wire

On April 27, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Whenever when someone wants to get some Z-Wave switches through me, I’d ask them this question, “Do/Will you have a neutral wire in your light switch?”  And if they are not going to do renovation or rewiring, they will ask if there is any alternative. I would tell them that…

Reviews on Belkin WeMo Home Automation

On April 21, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With 1 Comment

Belkin WeMo Home Automation isn’t something new, it has been around in the market since mid Jan 2013. So what am I blogging about it only now? Recently I’ve visited Funan IT Mall and realised that Belkin had actually put in a lot of marketing effort and budget in promoting…

Roomie : AV Home Control App for iOS

On April 16, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

I’ve recently stumbled upon a new iOS Universal Controller App for your AV Home Control: Roomie. As many apps have claimed, Roomie is also be the last remote you ever need. Since the SQ Blaster Plus has gone out of stock worldwide, I’ve been getting a lot of enquiries on…

Energy Monitoring for Rental Property

On April 9, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

I’ve recently received an inquiry about energy monitoring devices. Most of the time when people contact me about the Z-Wave devices, they are mostly asking for switches, neutral wires and if certain appliance can be controlled remotely. However, this person was so interested in understanding energy monitoring plugs and switches that he almost didn’t…

Sigma Designs Updates Z-Wave Chipset

On April 2, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

As we know Sigma Designs is the key driver behind the development and marketing for the Z-Wave protocol. Lately they have announced the fifth generation chipset and also included a software suite and reference designs that will enable manufacturers to quickly and inexpensively bring smartphone and tablet control to their home…

Siri + Raspberry Pi + Z-Wave, your DIY Voice Pod

On March 24, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 5 Comments

Siri, Raspberry Pi and Z-Wave In my previous post, I’ve introduced consumer product, Voice Pod: a voice control device which you can place anywhere in your home to compliment your home automation. However, that is only for expensive Control4 system. Is there any hope for DIY enthusiasts? The answer is…

Voice Pod : Home automation with voice control

On March 16, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 1 Comment

Before you think that voice control is here for Z-Wave, I’d like to highlight that this device is for Control4. Sorry to disappoint but I’d just find it interesting to share. I’ve always wished for a consumer out-of-box voice control. It is definitely a quicker method to remotely control your lights and…

Review : Everspring Door/Window Z-Wave Sensor

On March 9, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

  Here’s a short review of the Everspring Door/Window Z-Wave sensor. In fact, this is one of the easiest devices to include into my home automation project. Let’s start with the specification first Specification Technology: Z-Wave Transmitter (868.42MHz) Z-Wave Groups: Two groups and six devices (nodes) – Group 1 (1),…

Android home automation appears in 4.2.2 update

On February 22, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Sounds like a good news? It has been forever since Google announced the [email protected] back in Google I/O conference in 2011. Finally, big brother is making a move to unite the home automation market. As reported by Pocket-lint, there are traces of config files in Android 4.2.2 revealed mesh networking…