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

ZWave Smoke Detector

We have inquiries daily for a ZWave smoke detector for Canada.  A Canadian ZWave smoke detector will allow ZWave enabled home automation systems to create triggers, email or text alerts and scene activations in case of smoke or a fire.  The problem is that until now there has not been a Canadian certified Zwave smoke

Smart Home Music Streamer

Looking for a great way to add music to the back yard, home office, bedroom, kitchen, basement, shop or garage?  Bluetooth speakers are OK but they have lots of quirks that make them less than ideal.   Instead, consider a music streamer.  What’s a music streamer you ask? Our iEast  music streamers connect to passive speakers,