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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Where Can I Buy Home Automation at Retail and Get It Installed?

Welcome to the Sears Connected Solutions flagship home automation experience center in San Bruno, Calif.

Retail giants Target and Sears have both built impressive home automation showcases in San Francisco-area stores to demonstrate and sell smart-home products.

I recently toured the Sears “experience center” in San Bruno, Calif. and marveled at the residential vignettes, the breadth of Internet of Things (IoT) products, and the enthusiasm of the sales associate who served

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Small House Goes Big with Smart Home Features

Lisa Montgomery
Photography by Jeri Koegel.

Location is everything in home ownership. So rather than part with their slightly outdated 1,800-square-foot residence in Irvine, CA, the owners of our award-winning Before & After smart home systems installation took on a huge remodeling adventure that in nine months would completely transform their humble abode into a high-tech showpiece.

“They wanted to convert the

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Insteon App is Now Standard on New Toshiba Laptops

Rachel Cericola
A peek at the Insteon app on a PC.

What’s the use of having a smart home system if you can’t access it from remote locations? Almost every device has some sort of smartphone app these days. That said, Toshiba wants to make it part of the PC experience as well.

Starting at the end of this month, all new Toshiba laptops will come packing

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Branto Orb Can Cut Down the Connected Clutter

Rachel Cericola
Branto Orb wireless home security cameras

We have so many smart devices these days. Wireless home security cameras, thermostats, sensors, TVs, media streamers, and more; the smart home is starting to look like the cluttered home. However, Branto is taking some of those smart options and smushing them into a small, circular security device known as the Orb.

The Branto Orb is

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How to Control the Elk M1 from an Apple Watch

Rachel Cericola
Elk M1 on the Apple Watch

Recently, we gave you “10 Smart Home Apps That Make You Want the Apple Watch.” Well, just in case you were looking for an 11th option, there’s eKeypad Alarm. This new Apple Watch app works specifically with Elk M1 Gold, Elk EZ8 and Ness M1 alarm systems.

Made by eKeypad Mobile Solutions, the eKeypad Alarm app

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How to Save on Home Automation Expenses

Lisa Montgomery
amx controller

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. It’s an old cliche, but it still holds true today, especially if you’re thinking of having an automation system installed into your home.

Automation systems, by nature, are able to perform some pretty amazing and unusual feats. They can regulate the temperature of fish tanks and

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