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6 benefits of a Smart Home

Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Luke Bonnici

Welcome Home

What's different about your home and the home's of the 1950's? Apart from newer appliances and larger TV's, not much has changed. Until now. Take a look at 6 benefits of turning your home into a smart home.

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Voice-control your alarm system

Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Luke Bonnici

Chuango H4 LTE - Voice-control your alarm system

Wish you could control your alarm system with your voice? With Chuango's new Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible hub, now you can. In this guide, you'll learn how to control your alarm with nothing other than your voice in under 5 minutes - easily and securely.

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Fibaro Home Center 2 Alarm Setup

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

Fibaro Home Center 2 Alarm Setup

In this video blog, we will show you how to setup the Fibaro Home Center 2 as your alarm system and harness the power of Z-Wave to protect your home.

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Airbnb remote property management

2 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Luke Bonnici

Airbnb remote property management

Attention Airbnb Owners! Do your guests leave the heater, A/C or lights on? Do they lock up properly? Do you have to manually hand over your keys or create a pass-code for them? With smart home technology, these worries and inconveniences can be a thing of the past. Find out how today.

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Vera Access Control - Smart Locks

1 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Luke Bonnici

Vera Access Control - Smart Locks

Smart locks are a great addition to the smart home and come packed full of useful features. Find out how to set PIN codes, place restrictions on PIN codes and see what PIN was used to enter your home and at what time. You can also check if you locked your door when leaving, and lock it from anywhere in the world. How's that for peace of mind?

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Z-Wave Associations - What are they all about?

1 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Luke Bonnici

Z-Wave Associations - What are they all about?

Z-Wave Associations are a lesser known way of achieving simple automations - independently of a Z-Wave controller. In this blog post, we take a look at what they are, how they differ from Z-Wave Scenes and when they should be used.

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automationBridge - Voice Assistant Speed Test

4 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Luke Bonnici

automationBridge - Voice Assistant Speed Test

Controlling your smart home home with your voice is fantastic... However there can be a huge variance in the speed of the various voice assistants when working "natively" with Z-Wave hubs (and some do not work at all). In this blog, we will show you how to dramatically increase the responsiveness of your voice assistant platform of choice by combining a clever little device called Automation Bridge with your Z-Wave Gateway Controller.

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Interactive Push Notifications in Home Center

Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Luke Bonnici

Interactive Push Notifications in Home Center

Learn how Home Center's push notifications can be used to trigger scenes, or prevent them from interrupting your sleep in. Follow video guides or step-by-step processes for both Magic Scenes or Graphical Blocks and have them setup within minutes.

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Creating Scenes in Home Center

Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Luke Bonnici

Home Assistant: Z-Wave Guide

Fibaro's Home Center offers 3 methods of scene/automation creation. Learn what they are, and how to create a scene in each of them, among other handy automation tips.

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Let there be light

Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Luke Bonnici

Home Assistant: Z-Wave Guide

Looking for a simple but effective automation to get you acquainted with your Fibaro, Vera or Homey system? Learn how turn ON a light using a motion sensor, and have it turn OFF automatically when no one's in the room. Let your system light the way!

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Home Assistant: Setup Guide

2 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 to your heart's 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

10 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

8 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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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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