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Zigbee vs Z Wave: Which is best for your smart home? We look at the pros and cons of the two leading smart home wireless protocols. BY FREDERICK BLICHERT If you’re a smart homeowner, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the words Zigbee or Z Wave on items you’ve purchased. That doesn’t mean you know what either of them is though. Or, if you do, maybe you’re still unclear on how they differ. In short, your wireless smart devices need to co-exist, and they can’t do that if they all run individually, apart from one another.  MORE ON SMART HOMES The best smart home kits...

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So you want to Automate your A/C system to control with your Smart Home Controller? This blog explains the different ways we can connect our Home Automation system to your controller. The easiest option that most people migrate to is using the Remotec IR repeater. This only works if your A/C system comes with an IR remote and the functionality is limited. It will allow you to send the signal to control the status of the system but there is no feedback to say if the command was successful or not. However it does have a temperature sensor built in...

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The Universal Binary Sensor from Fibaro can be used to give feedback from Alarm Systems. Use a dry contact to remotely arm the same system. The first stage in this process is to check if your alarm system has the capabilities to change a zone into a key switch. This will allow you to arm the alarm remotely using a dry contact. See below for the example using the Ness DX8 Alarm:   If you have the unit above already connected to your existing system then that will give you the available connections to give feedback of when your alarm is...

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Google Assistant Pairing with Soma Smart Shades Ensure you have the latest version of the Google Assitant and the Soma Smart Home app. Check that you are signed into your google account in Google Assitant. Also that the google assistant and google home apps you are signed into the same account. Once you have the Soma Connect showing in the Soma Smart Shades App check you are on the same Wifi network as the soma connect and write down the ID number of the Connect.  Say 'Ok Google' Click on the settings on the top right when the assistant app...

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What Smart Home Products are supported by Fibaro? After our news regarding the Vbell intercom not being compatible with the new Fibaro intercom APP, there were concerns from many of you regarding FIBARO's compatibility with other products. This is a big topic in Home Automation as that is one of the biggest frustrations if you have a product that is not supported by your controller. Firstly I will mention that  FIBARO is a leading brand in the global smart home market. Their products are regarded as 'best of class' in most cases. FIBARO has a huge list of more than 1200 Devices that...

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