home automation Stories February 8, 2016

expiredGet into home automation with TP-LINK’s Smart Plug for $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

Network Giant (98% positive feedback from 4,173 ratings in last 12-months) via Amazon offers the TP-LINK HS100 Smart Plug for $19.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members or on orders of $35+. Today’s deal is $10 off its regular price and a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen. It allows you to “control electronics from anywhere using your tablet or smartphone.” Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars from 72 Amazon reviewers. Other features include:

home automation Stories November 3, 2015

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Amazon EchoI’ve had my Amazon Echo smart speaker since they were available to the general public and can honestly say it has changed the way our family lives. We put it in our open floor plan kitchen/family room where the far-field mic can hear our voices up to 20 feet away and has pretty incredible speech recognition accuracy. We were a little weirded out calling it “Alexa” so we changed the default name to “Amazon” – the only other current choice.

My wife used to ask me what the weather was going to be like in the morning which would annoyingly (jk love of my life) require me to go to a computer or smartphone and ask the…same…question. The Amazon Echo allows me to strut my passive aggressive side so when she asked what the weather was going to be like, I would just repeat “Amazon, what’s the weather going to be like today”. My wife, who hates using Siri because she feels like it makes her look weird/uncomfortable talking to her iPhone, stopped asking me what the weather was going to be like. She started asking Echo.

Bam! Worth the money right there. But there’s so much more… expand full story

home automation Stories September 14, 2015

expiredBelkin WeMo iOS connected LED Lighting Starter Kit + extra bulb: $40 shipped ($75 value)

Belkin is taking 20% off its WeMo line of home automation products all week long when you enter coupon code SAVEWEMO at checkout. All orders qualify for free shipping.

Our favorite deal to hit during this promo is a terrific WeMo Lighting package. Add the Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Kit (2 WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, 1 WeMo Link) to your shopping cart for $49.99 and coupon code SAVEWEMO will drop your final price down to $39.99 shipped plus add an additional WeMo Smart LED Bulb to your order for free. The Starter Kit carries a regular price of $50 and the extra Bulb is worth $25, so the total value of this package is $75.

Belkin’s WeMo Lighting lets you control your lights from anywhere using the free WeMo iOS or Android app. You can dim, turn on/off, and create a custom schedule for your lighting setup. The included WeMo Link can connect to and control up to 50 WeMo Smart LED bulbs. Take a look at our recent review of several WeMo Lighting products to get a better idea of what the platform has to offer. Also, keep in mind that Belkin has pledged future support for HomeKit so WeMo users won’t be left behind when Apple’s home automation framework begins to really take off. Rated 2.8 out of 5 stars from 323 Amazon reviewers.

home automation Stories September 3, 2015

Philips is expanding its Hue family of connected lighting products with the new Lightstrip Plus. This two meter parade of LEDs can produce millions of colors, which is nothing new for Hue products, but it also glows in different shades of white light — a huge feature its predecessor lacked. Philips also made it possible for you to extend these lightstrips to a length of up to 10-meters. Continue on for more launch details and a promo video: expand full story

home automation Stories September 2, 2015

Nest made a splash yesterday with the announcement of its third generation Learning Thermostat. But despite its larger screen and new Farsight feature, the second generation model is the better buy for most people at its new, lower price of $199 (Orig. $249).

Nest did a great job of talking up how its third generation screen is a big deal, but in practice it probably won’t improve your life that much. Farsight sounds like it would be helpful, but how often do you really want to check in on your thermostat from 3-ft or more away or don’t have access to clock? Most thermostats live in hallways anyways, where you’re never more than a few feet away from its display. The other big improvement is Furnace Heads-Up that analyzes your furnace’s shutoff patterns, but that feature will also be rolling out to all previous generation Nest Thermostats later this year.

At the end of the day, it feels like Nest didn’t do enough to make the third generation Thermostat worth the extra $50 over its predecessor. That being said, you won’t always have this option since the second generation’s discounted price of $199 is only going to be around “while supplies last.” expand full story

home automation Stories July 6, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – up to 38% off Belkin WeMo devices with prices starting at $31 Prime shipped (Reg. $50)

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up to 38% off select Belkin WeMo devices. Prime members (free trial) receive free 2-day shipping on the lot, while all other buyers will need to spend $35+ to get free standard shipping.

These devices allow you to control and schedule your lights and other appliances from your iOS or Android mobile devices. All three of the WeMo devices included in today’s sale are at their lowest Amazon prices ever:

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