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Home Assistant: Setup Guide

1 Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Luke Bonnici

Home Assistant: Setup Guide

Learn to setup a low-cost automation hub with a Raspberry Pi and Home Assistant, the versatile platform making waves in the automation community. Simply follow the steps in this guide and you'll have your Home Assistant up and running in no time.

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Home Assistant: Z-Wave Guide

Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Luke Bonnici

Home Assistant: Z-Wave Guide

Are you running Home Assistant and want to integrate your Z-Wave devices? If so, this guide is for you. Learn how to set-up your Z-Wave network, add devices and create your first automation. Then tinker till your hearts content.

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Fibaro home appliance monitoring

2 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro home appliance monitoring

One of the many advantages of Z-Wave is the ability to monitor energy consumption of appliances and devices connected to Z-Wave power modules. In this blog I will show you a scenario where energy consumption monitoring can help create a very intelligent smart home.

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Amazon Alexa Australia - Missing Skills

5 Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Stepas Jovaisa

Amazon Alexa Australia - Missing Skills

Missing Amazon Alexa Skills? You are not the only one! We have written a quick blog that will show you how to gain access to all of the Alexa Skills available in the USA - whilst still keeping your Amazon Echo working in Australia.

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Fibaro Home Center - Holiday Mode

7 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro Home Center - Holiday Mode

In this blog we will show you how to create a "Holiday Mode" for your Fibaro Home Center 2. This will allow you to easily activate and deactivate "Holiday" scenes that turn lights on / off at scheduled times, perfect for when you go away on holiday and you would like it to appear someone is still at home.

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20 fun things to ask your Amazon Echo

1 Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Assunta Truda

20 fun things to ask your Amazon Echo

If you don’t know what an Amazon Echo Dot is, allow me to introduce you to the hottest gadget on planet earth right now. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the more ‘entertaining’ features of the Amazon Echo Dot. Try asking Alexa the following 20 questions next time you have your mates over!

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Amazon Echo with Vera Z-Wave controller

11 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Amazon Echo with Vera Z-Wave controller

There is no denying that voice control for your smart home is the future – In this exclusive SmartHome blog, I will show you how you can add voice control to your Vera Z-Wave Controller using the Amazon Echo. The future is now.

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Controlling an aircon with Z-Wave

12 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Controlling a split-system aircon with Z-Wave

As the hot Australian summer fast approaches, I thought it would be timely to write a blog about controlling your air-conditioner using Z-Wave. Best of all, you will be able to turn on your aircon from anywhere - never come home to a sweat-box again!

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How to change Fibaro Home Center icons

7 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Changing Fibaro Home Center icons

The Fibaro Home Center's user interface looks incredible. Did you know that you can also include custom icons for all of your different Z-Wave devices? In this exclusive blog, I'll show you how - and provide you some free icons to get you started.

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How to add Fibaro Swipe to Vera

1 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

How to add Fibaro Swipe to Vera.

We get a lot of enquiries asking… “Can I use the Fibaro Swipe with Vera?”. The short answer… yes you can! Find out how in this exclusive SmartHome Blog...

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Fibaro eLearning Knowledge Portal

2 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro eLearning Knowledge Platform

Fibaro are known for making quality, innovative Z-Wave devices. What a lot of people may not know is Fibaro also provide a free online eLearning Portal where you can discover how to get the most out of your Fibaro Z-Wave devices. Did I mention it's 100% free?

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Fibaro Home Center 2 - Geofencing

10 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro Home Center 2 - Geofencing

In this exclusive SmartHome blog, I am going to show you one of the most powerful, yet mystifying aspects of home automation – Geofencing with Fibaro Home Center 2.

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The Smart Home Robots are coming!

3 Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Brad Arthur

The Smart Home Robots are coming!

The future is upon us! Robots will be invading living in our homes before we know it. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the home robots that are available to buy right now… if you have the money and a futurist’s pioneering spirit...

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Fibaro - How to add Widgets to your phone

1 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro App - How to add Widgets to your phone

The Fibaro App includes a very useful Widget that can be used on Android or Apple phones and tablets to make it easy to trigger Fibaro Home Center Scenes - without needing to open the App - Find out how...

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Vera HTTP Commands

5 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Did you know that you can control the Vera Edge via HTTP commands? This opens it up to a host of other technologies, including Tasker, web browsers, PHP and more.

This exclusive post will show you how, as well as provide you with a very handy tool to make it all happen.

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Fibaro HC HTTP Commands

11 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

The Fibaro Home Center Lite and Home Center 2 are the pinnacle of Z-Wave Gateway Controllers - incredibly well designed, user-friendly and very powerful. Did you know that you can control the Fibaro Home Center via HTTP commands? This opens it up to a host of other technologies, including Tasker, web browsers, PHP and more.

This exclusive post will show you how, as well as provide you with a very handy tool to make it all happen.

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What is Z-Wave Plus?

Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Z-Wave has been around a lot longer than you may think. In fact, the first Z-Wave product was certified way back in 2004. With the introduction of the new "Next-Gen" Z-Wave 500 Series chipset, Z-Wave has significantly improved and extended its capabilities. Welcome to Z-Wave Plus.

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XBMC (Kodi) Vera Z-Wave Addon

11 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Grab some popcorn and dim the lights, the movie is about to start. Automatically trigger your Z-Wave Scenes with Vera and XBMC (Kodi) by using our Vera Z-Wave Addon. Exclusive to smarthome.com.au. Enjoy :)

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Fibaro Home Center Comparison

2 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro Home Center Lite and Home Center 2 are the best Z-Wave home automation controllers on the market. A question we often get asked is... "What is the difference between the Fibaro Home Center Lite and Home Center 2?". It's a good question, so let's take a look...

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hueCraft – A Minecraft Mod for Philips hue

1 Comments  |   Posted in PHILIPS HUE   |  By Brad Arthur

hueCraft – A Minecraft Mod for Philips hue

Let your Philips hue lights extend the Minecraft experience by changing the colour and brightness of your room. Each Minecraft biome is mapped to different colours and the colour of the hue lights will change as you travel from one biome to another... with few more nice surprises too.

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Apple HomeKit vs Google Brillo.

Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Brad Arthur

Apple HomeKit vs Google Brillo

In a galaxy far, far away… the battle for the unified smart home begins… Well, not that far away… here on earth actually. Both Apple and Google are waging a new "smart" war, each hoping to be the centre of your smart home. This is going to be a war of epic proportions... bring it on.

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INSTEON App on Apple Watch

2 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

INSTEON App on Apple Watch

Now you can monitor and control your home from your Apple Watch - all you need is the INSTEON Hub. Keep an eye on sensors. Look in on your WiFi cameras. Control and dim lights. Activate a scene with just a tap - all from your wrist - without touching your iPhone.

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Home Automation - Where to start?

13 Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Brad Arthur

Home Automation - Where to start?

If you are looking to start out in home automation, it can be a little daunting. In this blog post, I will take you through each of the major home automation technologies available, compare the product range, reliability, value for money and give you an overview that will hopefully provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

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XBMC (Kodi) INSTEON Addon

6 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

I love XBMC. I also love my smart home. My technology of choice for home automation is INSTEON - it works great for me, does exactly what I want – best of all, it is extremely affordable and reliable. The goal of this XBMC add-on is to combine two of my passions (XBMC and INSTEON). It just makes sense, doesn’t it? It will after you read this.

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Android Wear home automation

3 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

Home automation using Android Wear

Thinking about getting an Android Wear watch? Already got one? Then you may find this blog post very interesting. I will show you how you can activate INSTEON scenes and devices directly from your new Android Wear smartwatch.

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INSTEON meets Cortana

1 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

INSTEON announces that it is continuing to augment the capabilities of its Windows 8.1 Phone app by integrating Cortana. Microsoft’s proactive digital assistant will enable users to control INSTEON smart products and monitor the home by just speaking to Cortana, making life in the connected home easier than ever.

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An introduction to INSTEON

1 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

So what is INSTEON anyway? In this blog post, I will give you some real world examples of how easy it is to turn your home into a smart home - as well as giving you a glimpse at the endless possibilities home automation has to offer. If you are new to home automation, I suggest starting small - keep it simple. Your new smart home can evolve over time. Once you experience the convenience, cost savings, security and comfort that home automation has to offer, you will never turn back.

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Apple HomeKit INSTEON Hub Pro

10 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

INSTEON announces a new Insteon App supporting Apple HomeKit technology for smart home management. With the new HomeKit-enabled Insteon App, users can control any HomeKit-enabled device, regardless of brand or product type.

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INSTEON Hub HTTP Commands

14 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

The INSTEON Hub is an amazing piece of kit, it works flawlessly with the INSTEON for Hub app. Did you know that it will also work with HTTP commands? This opens it up to a host of other technologies, including Tasker, web browsers, PHP and more.

This exclusive post will show you how, as well as provide you with a very handy tool to make it all happen.

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Control your home with your voice

1 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

I am going to show you how you can control your INSTEON enabled home with your voice, using nothing more than your trusty Android phone or tablet - well that’s not completely true, there is a little more involved – but not much...

You are going to love this - I promise.

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