Cheap Smart Thermostats: Alternatives to the Nest?

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I recently came across this Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat for only $87. You’ll see that no one will mistake it for a Nest, but is it any good? Read some of excerpts from the Amazon Reviews: A good budget wifi thermostat – Could be easier to install… This thermostat is outstanding. You can monitor and control the temperature, heat vs cool, …

Smart Window Air Conditioner Quirky + GE Pre-Sale

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Get ready for the world’s first Smart Window Air Conditioner. It’s the Nest for the window unit. Introducing the Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner. If you need a smart air thermostat and only have a window unit, take a look at this Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner. Dumb, traditional window air conditioning units only give you …

SimpliSafe Review: The best do-it-yourself home security system?

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SimpliSafe Review  What’s the best smart home security system? Is it the Simplisafe? The Lowes Iris? A SmartThings combo? Before you make the dive into your own home security system, read this review. When my wife and I moved into a home, we never needed a home security system before. We’d lived in condos with secured access and overall difficult …

SmartThings Review – The Best Home Automation Solution?

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My SmartThings Review The home automation battle is heating up and SmartThings is one of the hottest names in the Smart Home world. SmartThings offers one of the easiest and most affordable ways to start home automation. When people come to me and ask where they should start with their Smart Home, I recommend the SmartThings Know and Control Your Home …

Belkin WeMo Light Switch Review – Read this review before you buy

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[box type=”alert” border=”full”] As of [date today], here is where I’ve found the cheapest price for the WeMo Light Switch.[/box] If you’ve heard anything about home automation, you’ve probably heard about the WeMo Light Switch. It is one of the most basic smart home products, but it is also one of the best. Be sure to read this Belkin WeMo …

Home Automation Controllers – What Do You Need To Know

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What Is A Home Automation Controller? A Home Automation Controller (also called a “bridge”) is the brains behind your home automation system. It is the hub behind everything that you need to automate your home. While some smart home items like Nest or Doorbot work without a controller, to utilize the true power of a home automation system, you need …

Doorbot vs SkyBell? Which Wi-Fi Smart Door Bell Should You Buy?

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Updated Jan 27, 2014 – new review for SkyBell This post is out of date. Read the Ring Review and Skybell Review. The Skybell or Doorbot, which one is better? Don’t buy either before you read this. I have a more a complete Doorbot review and a complete SkyBell 1.0 Review, but the answer is very simply: buy the SkyBell. I originally wrote this …