Author: rmowles

iDevices WiFi and HomeKit Devices

Let iDevices make your home smarter with its WiFi thermostat, plug-in modules and screw-in bulb socket.  iDevices connects to your WiFi network and uses your iOs device and their free app to set up and control everything.  No Internet hub or gateway is required!  The line is HomeKit enabled so you can talk to Siri

Zipato Zipatile Security and Automation System with Zwave and Zigbee

We just received our shipment of the new Zipato Zipatile all-in-one touch screen home automation and security system.  Features include a built in high-definition security camera, plus a motion sensor, light sensor, humidity sensor, shock sensor and temperature sensor. The motion sensor and camera provide out of the box security system functionality that can be

Insteon Hub Upgrade Canada

If you have an older Insteon Hub and are looking for the Insteon Hub Upgrade in Canada, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that Insteon only runs this program directly.  Their upgrade ispriced in $USD with potential shipping, duties and customs issues, with warranty returns being the buyer’s responsibility. The

Canada Post Shipping Resumed

While our main courier has traditionally been UPS, some clients require Canada Post delivery for convenience, due to a PO box address, etc.  With the Canada Post strike looming we had suspended the Canada Post shipping option.  Today, Canada Post and the union have announced a 30 day cooling off period so we can confidently

Do Home Automation Hubs Require Internet?

There are a number of automaton controllers supporting technologies including Insteon, Zwave and Zigbee, and a number of different popular home automation controllers.   While it makes sense that an Internet connection can be used for remote control, email or SMS alerts, many automation controllers require Internet access for much more.  We can break this

How To Control a Fireplace with Zwave

We’re often asked how to automate a fireplace.  This article provides guidance on controlling a fireplace with Zwave and assumes you will be using a Vera, Hometroller, Smartthings or similar home automation controller that supports the Zwave products listed. First and foremost, as with any DIY project, care is required and if you are not