Category: Home Automation

Schlage Sense Software Update 4.27

Received a note the other day on my Schlage Sense locks that there is an upgrade from 4.25 to 4.27.  Unfortunately the notes on the update only say “bug fixes”.  It would be really nice to have companies that produce software provide for a bit more detail on why someone should upgrade.  I upgraded my

Philips Hue Lightstrip & Hue Dimmer Switch

The Hue Lightstrip from Philips is a versatile piece of home automation that I am becoming addicted to.   I admit that when I first heard about “smart bulbs” and “smart light strips” that the first thoughts were “just a gimmick”, however since installing one of the light strips now I couldn’t be more pleased

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

During a recent upgrade of doors and windows, I needed to determine new locks for our front and basement doors.  Immediately I began to research options that were HomeKit compatible, would be visually appealing, and something of significant quality. From a lock perspective, I have always found there are two names in the business with

First Alert Onelink Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Every home needs to have multiple smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed – that’s really simple common sense and in a lot of areas it’s required by law. In my home I had five smoke detectors throughout and two carbon monoxide detectors of which two units were wired and the rest were battery based.  All

Ecobee 3 Thermostat

The Ecobee 3 thermostat is a pretty neat thermostat.  I wanted to find something that was an improvement over my previous Honeywell wifi thermostat and integrated well with my ambitious Apple HomeKit plans. Ecobee makes several options and when I purchased this unit a few months ago, it was either the Ecobee 3 (which I

Apple HomeKit

I have been running some Zwave light switches in my house now for about 6 months, maybe longer.  The standard switches and dimmer switch (all from GE) for the most part worked.  I had some problems with the 3 way switches that were never resolved despite validating the wiring was correct and contacting the manufacturer.  The switches are connected