Smart home products and systems include high-end custom home automation as well as DIY home automation products like wireless lighting controllers and smart door locks. Smart home systems make your life easier by integrating common features of your home under one control interface, commonly via an in-wall touchscreen or smart phone app. With a smart home automation system, you can monitor your home’s security, operate the lights, locks, whole-house music and motorized shades, and receive automated alerts when someone enters your house.

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14 Acre Estate is Like a Park Filled with Home Automation Tech

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EVERY DAY WE BECOME MORE RELIANT on the technologies that surround us and become more comfortable with the conveniences they afford. In this always-on world, being disconnected is simply unacceptable. Whether in our homes, our backyards, or our places of business, we want to be able to check in with friends and be aware of

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9 Top Questions When Starting Your DIY Smart Home

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Today’s DIY smart home systems, from companies like SmartThings, Wink, Lowe’s Iris, iRule, Universal Devices, Vera, Insteon and others are fairly easy to install, setup and use. They’re also getting more affordable, so no longer are home automation systems only for the wealthy. Of course, there’s a difference between what a DIY smart home system

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Tech-Savvy Homeowner and Professional Integrator Team Up for Home Automation System

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IN THE REALM OF HIGH-TECH HOMES, there are complete professionally installed systems that encompass everything from security to A/V to lighting and home automation system control, and there are do-it-yourself (DIY) setups in which the homeowner cultivates and installs his or her own electronic systems. This 5,200-square-foot home located in an idyllic enclave of estate

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Winning Home Automation System Runs Rustic Mountain Retreat

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WHEN MOST OF US THINK of escaping to a mountain retreat, it’s to a small “rustic” cabin where a 24-inch TV and central heating are the only technological comforts. Not these homeowners. They firmly believed that technology was essential to manage and fully enjoy their sprawling 15,000-square-foot Colorado mountain vacation home. No expense was spared—whether

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HomeKit is Coming: How Will Apple Home Automation Be Different

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Ever since Apple obliquely announced that it was getting into the smart home automation biz with the launch of something called HomeKit, home-automation enthusiasts and tech analysts (as well as potential partners, manufacturers and competitors) have been on edge waiting for more information. What is Apple HomeKit? Will an Apple home-automation platform be better, worse

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Great DIY Home Automation Ideas for Beginners

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Smart home systems, or home automation systems, once were expensive luxuries (and professionally installed and custom programed systems still can be), but today many DIY home automation products are actually very practical and reasonably affordable. If you hadn’t thought much about adding smart home devices to your home, here are seven home automation ideas for

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