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Fibaro Smart Implant

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Fibaro Smart Implant

The Fibaro Smart Implant is a versatile device that can make your old electronic devices and systems smart! In this guide, you'll learn how to use the implant to enable your beautiful vintage devices to enjoy the wonders of 21st century technology.

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Voice Control - How to name your smart devices

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Naming Smarthome Devices

In this guide, you'll learn a bulletproof organisation strategy to keep your smart home system performing well, and lay the foundation for intuitive smart voice control.

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Smart Home - Local VS Cloud

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SmartHome - Local VS Cloud

The ol' 'hub vs hubless' discussion is popular among smart home enthusiasts, and contrary to popular belief, there's a lot more riding on your decision than a few dollars and a shiny new box. This article takes a fresh perspective on the discussion and outlines the differences between cloud-based systems & owner-owned systems.

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Configuration Parameters in Z-Wave Systems

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Configuration Parameters

If you've ever tinkered with a Z-Wave device, it's likely you've heard the phrase 'Configuration Parameters'. Find out what these parameters do, why and how to use them and how they differ for devices with templates, and devices without templates.

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SmartThings | How to Add Any Z-Wave Device

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SmartThings - How to Add Any Z-Wave Device

Samsung SmartThings is a multi-protocol platform that lists a number of Z-Wave devices as compatible. But you can also add Z-Wave devices not-listed as compatible. Learn how in this article.

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An Introduction to Homey

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An introduction to Homey

Homey's mission is to enable smart home devices to work together seamlessly. And with an intuitive, beautiful user-interface and over 50,000 devices supported from over 1000 brands, Homey is a force to be reckoned with. Intrigued? Peek inside to learn more.

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6 benefits of a Smart Home

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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