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automationBridge - Voice Assistant Speed Test

1 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

6 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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