It would be fair to say that the Matter standard and Thread protocol have stolen the spotlight over the recent months, if not longer. Well, the Z-Wave Alliance wants to change the conversation a little. Today, it announced that it has completed its … [Read more...]
How to create automations in Home Assistant that supercharge your smart home
For the past several weeks, I’ve been continuing a journey to immerse myself with Home Assistant, the open-source software platform used as a DIY local smart home hub If you’ve missed the previous steps I’ve taken so far with my Home Assistant … [Read more...]
What smart garage door opener options are there that don’t rely on the cloud?
On the most recent IoT Podcast episode, Billy called in and left a question on our voicemail hotline. Billy currently has a Chamberlain MyQ system for his garage door but is looking for alternatives that don't require a cloud connection or those that … [Read more...]
My 4 favorite home automations and voice commands
Last week, I surprised many readers when I noted why automated scenes don’t get any love in my home. And I was surprised that between comments on the blog and on social media were split fairly evenly: About half of them were in the same boat as me … [Read more...]
What’s a good sensor for motion, humidity, temperature and light for the smart home?
There are plenty of single or dual-purpose sensors available for smart homes, but what if you want to know just about everything that's going on inside a room and even automate your home based on that information? That's the latest question we … [Read more...]