Smart Home Reviews, Information, Home Automation Trends

Welcome to Smarter Home Automation! Almost everyone is looking forward to affordable smart home solutions that are relatively easy to implement and use. We are all about helping you understand and choose the best home automation gear for your world: That’s why we call our review site Smarter Home Automation.

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A Pano of our Smart Home Great Room and Kitchen. Starting late March the devices in use in this room will be highlighted, and you will be able to click to go right to those reviews.

To accomplish this noble goal, we will primarily provide you with in-depth reviews of these products for the smart home. But there’s more: There will be articles, videos, blogs and reports that discuss the latest trends, in both gear, and market direction. Read More

 

Sylvania Lightify Flex RGBW Lighting Review – Smart Strip Lighting by Osram Sylvania Lightify Flex RGBW Lighting Review – Smart Strip Lighting by Osram

By Art Feierman

This review looks at the Lightify Flex RGBW – Strip lights which use RGBW LEDs to offer the full spectrum of color, plus tunable white.  They are brought to you by Osram Sylvania.  A basic Flex RGBW kit sells online for under $70, and if you need it, Lightify’s gateway (hub) (using Zigbe
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By Art Feierman

This review looks at the Lightify Flex RGBW – Strip lights which use RGBW LEDs to offer the full spectrum of color, plus tunable white. They are brought to you by Osram Sylvania. A basic Flex RGBW kit sells online for under $70, and if you need it, Lightify’s gateway (hub) (using Zigbe
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Review – myLink Controller and App for Somfy Motorized Shades Review – myLink Controller and App for Somfy Motorized Shades

By Nikki Kahl

Somfy myLink controls our motorized shades. Somfy isn’t a household name. That’s because they make the motors for many products including motorized shades, curtains, shade screens, and, where I first discovered them – projection screens for home theaters. The motorized shades we have are from
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By Nikki Kahl

Somfy myLink controls our motorized shades. Somfy isn’t a household name. That’s because they make the motors for many products including motorized shades, curtains, shade screens, and, where I first discovered them – projection screens for home theaters. The motorized shades we have are from
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Schlage Camelot 619 Z-Wave Smart Lock – A Review Schlage Camelot 619 Z-Wave Smart Lock – A Review

By Art Feierman

The Schlage Camelot 619 is the third Smart Lock that I’ve reviewed.  It is a Z-Wave based lock, which I installed and have been using in our “dream home” – aka our Smart Home project – for the past 7 months.  It is a direct competitor of the last smart I reviewed; the K
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By Art Feierman

The Schlage Camelot 619 is the third Smart Lock that I’ve reviewed. It is a Z-Wave based lock, which I installed and have been using in our “dream home” – aka our Smart Home project – for the past 7 months. It is a direct competitor of the last smart I reviewed; the K
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Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – A Review Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – A Review

By Dave Duncan

“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ( yes in the bulb) processing and memory,  deliver on just that. These are the one bulb on the market that are a self contained solution. I was fortunate enough to h
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By Dave Duncan

“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ( yes in the bulb) processing and memory, deliver on just that. These are the one bulb on the market that are a self contained solution. I was fortunate enough to h
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Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting and Smart Bridge Review with HomeKit Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting and Smart Bridge Review with HomeKit

By Art Feierman

In our review of the Lutron Caseta wireless system, we will discuss their Smart Bridge, individual dimmers and switches, interfacing their Smart Bridge with your Wifi, and of course, installing everything and using the Lutron app, and how the Lutron Caseta interfaces with voice control personal assi
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By Art Feierman

In our review of the Lutron Caseta wireless system, we will discuss their Smart Bridge, individual dimmers and switches, interfacing their Smart Bridge with your Wifi, and of course, installing everything and using the Lutron app, and how the Lutron Caseta interfaces with voice control personal assi
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Eve Energy HomeKit Outlet Measures Energy Usage – Review Eve Energy HomeKit Outlet Measures Energy Usage – Review

By Jake Zelinger

We’ve reviewed smart outlets for the smart home before, but the Eve Energy is unique due to Apple HomeKit compatibility, which allows voice control using Siri, and massive in-app features. With its suggested US list price of $49.95, the Eve Energy from Elgato is the type of well thought-out product
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By Jake Zelinger

We’ve reviewed smart outlets for the smart home before, but the Eve Energy is unique due to Apple HomeKit compatibility, which allows voice control using Siri, and massive in-app features. With its suggested US list price of $49.95, the Eve Energy from Elgato is the type of well thought-out product
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AMAZON ECHO – Voice Control For Your Smart Home – A Review AMAZON ECHO – Voice Control For Your Smart Home – A Review

By Dave Duncan

Amazon Echo is a voice activated personal assistant, and so much more.  Designed to deliver superb voice control and instant access to information, including music, it can make your life easier and more enjoyable!  Amazon has done a stand up job taking hold of the IOT and bringing the cloud right in
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By Dave Duncan

Amazon Echo is a voice activated personal assistant, and so much more. Designed to deliver superb voice control and instant access to information, including music, it can make your life easier and more enjoyable! Amazon has done a stand up job taking hold of the IOT and bringing the cloud right in
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Wink Hub Review – Nest, Google, Echo and More! Wink Hub Review – Nest, Google, Echo and More!

By Dave Duncan

Can the Wink hub do it all? Is it the right smart hub for you? Will it connect to your home automation products? I hope this review will answer those questions and more. Home automation is growing rapidly, as we install devices in our smart homes to automate tasks. There are an increasing number of
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By Dave Duncan

Can the Wink hub do it all? Is it the right smart hub for you? Will it connect to your home automation products? I hope this review will answer those questions and more. Home automation is growing rapidly, as we install devices in our smart homes to automate tasks. There are an increasing number of
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LIFX Color 1000 BR30 Smart Bulb Review- Bright, Color Right LIFX Color 1000 BR30 Smart Bulb Review- Bright, Color Right

By Art Feierman

LIFX currently offers four different smart light bulbs for your consideration. These smart lights, including the Color 1000 BR30 – the first one we’re reviewing, all use Wifi  to communicate with the rest of your Smart Home, including, of course apps for your smart phones, tablets, etc.
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By Art Feierman

LIFX currently offers four different smart light bulbs for your consideration. These smart lights, including the Color 1000 BR30 – the first one we’re reviewing, all use Wifi to communicate with the rest of your Smart Home, including, of course apps for your smart phones, tablets, etc.
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Ecobee3 – The Smart Thermostat for Everyone – A Review Ecobee3 – The Smart Thermostat for Everyone – A Review

By Art Feierman

The Ecobee3 is one very smart thermostat, and, it’s also worldly and friendly!  The Ecobee3 relies on Wifi for communications, so that you can control it from the provided App that you can download from the Apple or Google App stores.  You adjust the Ecobee3 with voice control from Apple Siri,
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By Art Feierman

The Ecobee3 is one very smart thermostat, and, it’s also worldly and friendly! The Ecobee3 relies on Wifi for communications, so that you can control it from the provided App that you can download from the Apple or Google App stores. You adjust the Ecobee3 with voice control from Apple Siri,
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Featured Reviews

IDevices switch for HomeKit
iDevices Switch – HomeKit, Alexa and Android in one smart switch. | March 2, 2017 - By Dave Duncan
The iDevices smart switch is one of the most compatible smart switches on the Market. As it works with HomeKit, Alexa and your Android ...
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Kevo Plus Gateway by Kwikset Introduces Remote Locking – A Review | February 28, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Kwikset is a well known lock manufacturer with a big presence in the home automation industry, thanks to their smart lock technology. ...
Eve Room sensor
Eve Room – Air Quality Indoor Sensor – Review | February 27, 2017 - By Dave Duncan
Eve Room delivers up to the minute air quality, temperature and humidity readings. Providing you with important information about the ...
Somfy Motorized Blinds
Review – myLink Controller and App for Somfy Motorized Shades | February 7, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Somfy myLink controls our motorized shades. Somfy isn’t a household name. That’s because they make the motors for many products ...
Schlage Camelot 619 Z-Wave Smart Lock – A Review | December 28, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Schlage Camelot 619 is the third Smart Lock that I’ve reviewed.  It is a Z-Wave based lock, which I installed and have been ...
Ilumi – The Smartest, Most Talented LED Lightbulb – A Review | December 17, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
“The Worlds Smartest Light Bulb”, is one lofty tagline. Ilumi’s lights featuring Bluetooth Mesh technology, on board ...
Amazon Echo Dot Extends Alexa’s Reach To Every Room – A Review | November 23, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
The all new Alexa powered, Amazon Echo Dot is great option to bring the power of your voice to every room in your home.  The Amazon ...
Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest Thermostat Review – 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat | October 13, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
Nest is the trendsetter in the thermostat space.  The original smart thermostat, they are now on their 3rd generation of the Nest ...
Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting and Smart Bridge Review with HomeKit | October 6, 2016 - By Art Feierman
In our review of the Lutron Caseta wireless system, we will discuss their Smart Bridge, individual dimmers and switches, interfacing ...
Eve Energy HomeKit Outlet Measures Energy Usage – Review | September 26, 2016 - By Jake Zelinger
We’ve reviewed smart outlets for the smart home before, but the Eve Energy is unique due to Apple HomeKit compatibility, which allows ...
1More Triple Driver Premium Ear Buds – Model E1001 – A Review | September 13, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The 1More triple driver ear buds (with mic and controls) that I received couldn’t have come a day too soon.  These produce serious ...
Amazon Echo
AMAZON ECHO – Voice Control For Your Smart Home – A Review | September 1, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
Amazon Echo is a voice activated personal assistant, and so much more.  Designed to deliver superb voice control and instant access to ...
Wink hub
Wink Hub Review – Nest, Google, Echo and More! | July 22, 2016 - By Dave Duncan
Can the Wink hub do it all? Is it the right smart hub for you? Will it connect to your home automation products? I hope this review ...
LIFX Color 1000 BR30 Smart Bulb Review- Bright, Color Right | June 24, 2016 - By Art Feierman
LIFX currently offers four different smart light bulbs for your consideration. These smart lights, including the Color 1000 BR30 ...
Ecobee3 and Lil'Bee
Ecobee3 – The Smart Thermostat for Everyone – A Review | March 27, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Ecobee3 is one very smart thermostat, and, it’s also worldly and friendly!  The Ecobee3 relies on Wifi for communications, so ...
Belkin WeMo Insight 2 Smart Switch/Outlet measures Energy Usage – A Review | March 11, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Belkin Insight is an external power outlet and switch. It has a suggested list price (in the US) of $49.99. A less expensive but ...
Lightify GardenSpot Mini RGB Outdoor Lighting – A Smart Home Review | February 16, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Lightify GardenSpot RGB outdoor LED color lighting system is manufactured by Osram/Sylvania. The Lightify folks sent me one to ...
Kwikset SmartCode 916 Z-Wave Deadbolt lock
Kwikset SmartCode 916 Z-Wave Front Door Lock Review | July 19, 2015 - By Art Feierman
With this review of the Kwikset SmartCode 916, we have entered the world of networkable smart door locks. This Kwikset lock supports ...
SengLED Pulse Review – Smart Flood LED Light with JBL Speaker | April 9, 2015 - By Art Feierman
The Pulse puts smart Dimmable LED lighting and JBL sound in your ceiling! Other places too!
Kwikset Kevo Lock Review – Bluetooth – No Front Door Key Needed | December 4, 2014 - By Art Feierman
Meet Kevo! Kevo by Kwikset is a unique security focused home automation product.  It’s a Bluetooth enabled dead bolt that also ...

Featured Articles

Amazon Alexa Skill for Smart Door Locks
August Home Launches Amazon Alexa Skill for Smart Door Locks | March 20, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
For some time now, Amazon Echo and smart lock users have been waiting with bated breath for a development that will allow them to lock ...
AirBar Touchscreen Sensor for MacBook Air
AirBar Touchscreen Sensor For MacBook Air Hits The Market | March 17, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Transform your beloved MacBook Air into a touchscreen computer with the AirBar Touchscreen Sensor for MacBook Air. Neonode, a company ...
August Smart Lock Mortise Kit
August Smart Lock Mortise Kit – Property Developers and Owners Rejoice | March 16, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
There has been a high demand for Mortise smart locks in North America, and until now, property developers have had slim pickings or ...
1More Triple Driver In-Ear Monitors
1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Monitors – Audio Quality Meets Fashion | March 15, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
1More is a high-end audio company dedicated to bringing hi-fi sound and comfort to the ears of consumers everywhere. “Quality, ...
IFTTT bringing your services together
IFTTT – The App that Automates your Home and Life | February 25, 2017 - By Dave Duncan
IFTTT may be the DIY tool you are looking for to bring your smart home together. As the Internet of Things continues to grow and we end ...
Ooma Home Monitoring System – DIY Smart Home Security | February 21, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
The Ooma Home Monitoring System is a smart home security solution for do-it-yourselfers. Ooma, known for Ooma Telo and their recently ...
FLIR ONE Smartphone Thermal Imaging Attachable Camera | February 14, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
FLIR aims to raise the scope of human vision to a whole new level. A company that specializes in increasing our awareness and ...
Apple HomeKit ecosystem
Nanoleaf Aurora – The Art of Smart Lighting Design | February 1, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Smart lighting is a popular choice for many homes, but how about artistic smart lighting? Nanoleaf Aurora is possibly the most ...
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Ilumi Smartstrip Makes Smart Lighting Fun For All Ages | January 31, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
The ilumi Smartstrip is a millennial’s dream. Smart lighting is fun on its own, but with the new ilumi Smartstrip, you can transform ...
Apple HomeKit ecosystem
MyQ Garage – Always Know If You Really Did Shut Your Garage Door | January 31, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Gone are the days where you find yourself down the road from your home, questioning whether you remembered to shut garage door or not. ...
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HuGo Camera and IVO Monitor by Binatone – A Camera For Your Nursery | January 30, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Monitoring your child’s nursery just got smarter. HuGo and IVO bring a fresh approach to video home monitoring with its Alexa Voice ...
Apple HomeKit ecosystem
Eve Wall Switch Teams Up With Apple Siri For Voice Lighting Control | January 25, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
One the world’s first HomeKit enabled light switches has stepped out into the spotlight. Elgato Eve has surpassed the competition with ...
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Securifi Almond 3 Router Tackles Threat Of Mirai Botnet Attacks | January 25, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Security has been breached on a number of internet-connected devices over the last year in large-scale botnet attacks. A quick Google ...
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Smartech Robotic Vacuum – An Affordable Alternative to iRobot Vacuum | January 23, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Black and Decker has entered the robotic vacuum playing field, its new Smartech robotic vacuum competing with top names like iRobot, ...
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Canary Flex – 360 Degrees of HD Smart Home Security | January 23, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Meet the Canary Flex, a 360 degree HD security camera with crystal clear audio, placement flexibility, and a sleek design. The small ...
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Ember Mug – The Smart Temperature Controlled Coffee Mug | January 20, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
The days of too-hot or lukewarm beverages are over. Ember mug, the world’s first temperature controlled mug, uses an app to adjust its ...
Wemo Dimmer and Wemo Mini by Belkin – Integrated Smart Home System | January 20, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Welcome the two newest additions to the Belkin Wemo product lineup, the Wemo Dimmer and the Wemo Mini, a smart plug solution. Belkin’s ...
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Baldwin Evolved – The High-End, Elegant Smart Lock Solution | January 18, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Home automation meets high-end in the new Baldwin Evolved. The latest addition to the Baldwin Hardware line, the Baldwin Evolved uses ...
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Eve Motion Sensor Uses Apple Homekit For Voice Controlled Security | January 16, 2017 - By Nikki Kahl
Meet the Elgato Eve Motion Sensor, one of the first wireless motion sensors with HomeKit technology. Elgato’s claim to fame in the home ...
Google Home vs Amazon Echo – The Race Continues | December 28, 2016 - By Nikki Kahl
In our previous article, Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why, we touched on a couple of the more ...
Google Home vs Amazon Echo – Who Will Rule Your Roost And Why | December 22, 2016 - By Nikki Kahl
Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo In The Battle Of Personal Assistants In what is possibly the most significant technological race since ...
Amazon Echo and Echo Dots: Use Them to Control an Entire Smart Home | October 13, 2016 - By Art Feierman
The Amazon Echo is a great device for many purposes, especially controlling home automation gear.  Adding Amazon Echo Dots makes life ...
CEDIA: Smart Home Personal Assistants – Amazon Alexa’s New Friends, Apple HomeKit Siri | September 18, 2016 - By Art Feierman
If there is one aspect of voice control/personal assistants that really stood out in terms of announcements, it was the number of ...
Nexia uses Z-wave technology
Smart Home Eco-Systems A-Z: Z is for Z-Wave, Zigbee | August 15, 2016 - By Art Feierman
Call them home automation standards, languages, or protocols…Z-Wave and Zigbee, like Wifi, and Bluetooth are communications ...
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Smart Home Ecosystems A-Z: Everything From Amazon to Z-Wave | July 18, 2016 - By Art Feierman
When I chose A to Z Smart Home Ecosystems for a title to this group of articles, it seemed natural, since four  of the ...

Featured Videos

Close-up of the SmartCode 916 lock's keypad
Using the KwikSet SmartCode 916: Keypad Features – Video | November 2, 2015 - By Lisa Feierman
This is the second of two videos about the KwikSet SmartCode 916. This one focuses on using the keypad features. Check out the full review.
Kevo Smart Lock - Bluetooth
Using the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock – Video | November 2, 2015 - By Lisa Feierman
In this video, Art walks through using the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt Lock. Read the review here.
Using the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled Thermostat – Video | November 2, 2015 - By Lisa Feierman
In this video, Art Feierman, editor of SmarterHomeAutomation.com, walks through using the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled TH9320 ...
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Installing the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled Thermostat – Video | November 2, 2015 - By Art Feierman
In this video, our editor, Art, walks through the installation of the Honeywell WiFi Voice-Controlled TH9320 thermostat. Read the full ...

 

The range of gear covered stretches from smart locks and motion sensors, to thermostats, light switches, outlets, garage door openers using geo-fencing, window shades that do their thing to save energy, energy monitoring and so much more.

Consider Smart color (and white) lighting – indoor and outdoor, as one game changer we’ll be heavily focused on. It can make it easier to wake up refreshed or to more quickly fall asleep but will also rethink modern interior design. We are also reviewing the controllers, hubs, wifi routers and extenders, that tie everything together.

The connected smart home is app driven so our reviews will consider the competence and ease of use of those apps that control your smart devices.

No longer is home automation only for the top 1%ers from companies like Crestron and Control4, or for the DIY types who don’t mind living on the “bleeding edge.”

The Smart Home is about to go mainstream!

Look to Amazon’s voice controlled Echo and Apple HomeKit – a Siri controlled environment, as too huge potential game changers.

HomeKit, could be for Apple, their next massive success ala iPod, iPhone, etc. it likely will cause this industry to take off. Many companies are committing to supporting Homekit including some big names like Lutron, Philips Hue, Honeywell and Ecobee thermostats, Schlage door locks, Hunter fans…

Will millions of iPhone and Mac users trust that the Apple ecosystem will make the smart home practical, affordable, and easy? Almost certainly. Apple won’t be alone. Google has their own plans some of which are built around their acquisition of the Nest thermostat.

These are exciting times the birth of SMARTER home automation, where simplicity and affordability meet. Whether you refer to it as the Connected Home, IOT, or simply the Smart Home, welcome to the party!

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