Wink Alternative Replacements 2020

Wink users who have long enjoyed free service, have been given an ultimatum to either start paying a monthly fee as of May 13th or lose access to their smart home system. Understandably this has left many users feeling angry, frustrated or worse. The company stated that this change is necessary to keep the Wink

TRENDnet Distributor

Aartech Canada is now an authorized full line TRENDnet distributor for Canada. TRENDnet offers a complete line of network and related computer products for the IT, security and surveillance industries. TRENDnet’s network line include unmanaged switches, EdgeSmart switches, Web Smart switches and Layer2 switches for all levels of network capabilities. PoE power available in several

Holistic Approach to Home & Business Security

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of home security or protecting your business from vandalism and theft? For most people it’s an alarm system. Indeed a home or business alarm system plays an important role in enhancing security but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. LANDSCAPING No, we’re not

Smart Home Hub vs Cloud

PROS and CONS of Smart Home Hub vs WiFi and Cloud Automation Smart Home automation is arguably the hottest tech topic of the day. Along with its popularity has come a seemingly endless array of options from a multitude of vendors with technology including WiFi, ZWave, Zigbee, Insteon and UPB. In the early days of

Hikvision Canada Authorized Platinum Partner

We’re proud to announce that as of Januay 2019 Aartech Canada is a Hikvision Canada authorized Platinum partner. It’s critically important to purchase Hikvision product from an authorized source in order to ensure you receive technical support, warranty support and firmware updates. Unfortunately as a result of Hikvision’s popularity there are many sellers who are

SmartThings Hub 2018 V3 vs V2

The new SmartThings Hub V3 also known as the SmartThings Hub 2018 is here in Canada with the official Canadian release on Oct 10th.  With the new model release, the question is what’s new.  So we’ll take a look at the SmartThings Hub V3 vs V2 but first a bit about the product.   SmartThings

Gas Fireplace Control Using ZWave

Gas fireplaces are normally controlled by a toggle or paddle switch that looks like a high voltage switche.  However upon closer inspection the switch is typically only controlling low voltage or acting as a contact closure.  This makes gas fireplace control using Zwave difficult as Zwave switches operate at line voltage. Often the solution involved

Honeywell Skybell DBCAM-TRIM Back In Stock!

As of Sept 25th, we just received a small shipment of Honeywell DBCAM-TRIM, the thin version of the very popular video doorbell from Skybell.  Our backorders have been filled and we have a limited quantity of inventory on hand to fill new orders.  This item is still backordered with the vendor and distribution channels so

Foscam Firmware Update and Security

Firmware is the “operating system” of your Foscam camera or NVR and just like Windows or your smart phone needs updates for new features and to ensure optical security, so too does your security camera or NVR.   While you may not be worried about the newest features afforded by the latest updates, it is critically