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How to Start a Smart Home In 2022

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your home into a smart home. But what smart device should I get first? We've assembled a few Wi-Fi devices to help you choose.

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Optimal Locations for Home Security Cameras

We will never be able to predict exactly how or when a burglary will take place. However, we can take preventative actions to avoid or minimize losses from these home invasions by adding security devices to protect our homes. Security cameras are one of the most important home break-in deterrents available and can also provide important video evidence to identify thieves and learn about vulnerable areas on a property.

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Z-Wave 700 and Z-Wave LR Expand the Capabilities of Future Smart Homes

Z-Wave 700 (aka Z-Wave Plus v2), and Z-Wave Long Range (Z-Wave LR) allow new Z-Wave compatible devices to benefit from greater transmission ranges, longer battery life, and other improved features.

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Stay Safe at Work with High Temperature, Mask, and Face Recognition

Keeping employees safe at work during the Covid-19 pandemic has become a challenge for small and large businesses alike; and as the U.S. and other countries do their best to flatten the curve of this pandemic, unfortunately, it’s not going away any time soon. In the meantime, essential companies are looking for safer and easier ways to ensure everyone entering their properties is properly wearing masks and does not have elevated body temperatures. Speco Technologies has found a solution.

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Brand Spotlight: Juke Audio

Home Controls now carries a new name in the wireless audio streaming industry: Juke Audio.

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Know How Your Security Devices Communicate

Communication is important, especially so when it comes to assembling a smart home or smart security network. You need your devices to be able to communicate with each other, and so this blog is here to help you understand the different types of communication methods used throughout the automation and security industry.

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Where Burglars Most Commonly Break Into Homes

Feeling safe with the assurance that our personal belongings are secure in our homes may be something we rarely think about. When we leave our homes, we tend to focus only on locking the front door, while forgetting at times that windows are left open, garage and back doors are left unlocked, and the trees and bushes along the house have not been trimmed, leaving plenty of places for burglars to hide. Why do we do such things?

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Where to Install Motion Detector Lights

Your home is your sanctuary and you should feel safe in it, but after the sun goes down there are opportunities for burglars or unwanted intruders to hide in the dark areas of your property, leaving your home at risk for a potential break-in. One way to help keep that from happening is to add motion detector lights to your property because it’s a great way to enhance your home security all while improving your home automation.

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Add Z-Wave Functionality to Home Devices with FortrezZ MIMOlite

Using a Z-Wave controller is a great way to automate many of the functions in your home. It is also among the most popular. There are many devices from multiple manufacturers available that allow you to control lighting, temperature, security, IP cameras, door locks and notifications.

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How to Start a Smart Home In 2022

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your home into a smart home. But what smart device should I get first? We've assembled a few Wi-Fi devices to help you choose.

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Brand Spotlight - Ecolink

Compatibility between devices is a top priority to consider when creating a home automation or security system. Many manufacturers either focus on centering all of their devices onto a single communication protocol, while others make sure that their system hubs and controllers can command devices that use various different frequencies. Ecolink takes a different approach by creating multiple versions of a single device that each utilize different communication protocols, ensuring that their products can fill in the gaps of any growing smart home or smart security system.

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Redefine Home Audio With VSSL

Wireless audio streaming has become a common feature in our everyday lives whether we are at home, in our cars, or at a friend or family’s home. But even though we have become accustomed to using this technology, there are still hiccups and annoyances encountered almost every time we wish to use it. Every time you wish to stream content you need to open multiple apps or menus to secure the connection, pick what you want streamed, and select where you want it streamed to. This is especially true for smart devices when you wish to switch from Spotify to Youtube or Apple Music and you have to restart the whole process over despite your smart device already being connected to an audio output.

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Nutone Overture Devices Now Available at Home Controls

Home Controls now carries Overture by Broan-Nutone, the first fully integrated and connected smart Indoor Air Quality System.

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How a Central Vacuum System Made My Mother Happy

For the first time in her life, my mother saw how a central vacuum system works and I’ve never seen her so amazed by technology. I recently took her to see my cousin’s new house, which happens to be a smart home that has all the bells and whistles. It has an Alexa dot in practically everyone room, automatic lighting control throughout the house, a top of the line security system, and an awesome central vacuum system.

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Smart Gift Ideas: ‘Convenient’ Gifts

Let’s be honest here: buying home automation products as holiday gifts is not the first idea most people have. Buying practical gifts for a friend or family member is always a gamble. You would have to know someone well – I mean, really well – to be able to buy them a smart device that can simplify their daily life that they will even use, such as a smart plug that adds remote control to plugged in lights or appliances, or a monitor to help them remember to close their garage door. Yes, finding stocking stuffers for these elaborate automation systems can be a challenge.

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Kwikset Home Connect 620 Keypad Z-Wave 700 Smart Locks Are Now Available

Kwikset’s newest iteration of their Home Connect smart locks are now available at Home Controls.

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Smart Gift Ideas: Save Energy (And Money) For Christmas

Have your bills been taking bites out of your holiday savings? Did you know that with some practical holiday gifts you can save money this year and all the years that follow? Home Controls offers several energy-saving products that will not only fit into your holiday shopping budget, but also save you money for years to come!

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ISY Controller Users: Maybe It’s Time to Switch from INSTEON to Z-Wave

UPDATE: INSTEON (Smartlabs) shut down their servers on April 16th, 2022, effectively discontinuing the use of the INSTEON protocol and nearly all of their devices.

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Ecolink Security Products Now Available

Ecolink security products are now available at HomeControls.com.

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Brand Spotlight: Dakota Alert

Dakota Alert creates long range motion detection devices for indoor and outdoor security. Dakota Alert products primarily benefit users with large properties, such as farms, office buildings or other properties with lots of ground to cover. Their products have provided users exceptional security coverage over wide areas thanks to long range RF transmissions that have increased in strength and scale as newer iterations were released. Currently, Dakota Alert offers two distinct product series: the MURS series and the 4000 series.

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Make Life at Home Easier and Safer for Your Senior Loved One

There are many seniors who plan to live long lives at home independently, but as they get older the more challenging it could be just to perform simple tasks like turning on the lights in various rooms or even answering the front door. Then there’s safety and security to think about. Unfortunately, seniors do run the risk of injuring themselves if they fall due to poor visibility because of inadequate lighting, and some may even experience memory loss that could cause them to accidentally leave the front door unlocked, which could lead to a home burglary.

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Simple Home Security Checklist

Have you ever wondered if your home is as safe and secure as it could be? Or, have you been thinking about adding a home security system to your property but are not really sure if the investment is worth it? To help answer these questions, we put together a Simple Home Security Checklist to see what areas of your property could use the extra security. If you answer “no” to any of the questions below, you’ll want to take action to improve your home security.

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SATCO Starfish Brings Smart Wi-Fi Lighting To Your Home

Home Controls now supplies Wi-Fi connected smart lighting products from SATCO, a premier supplier of smart and standard lighting products. Devices from the SATCO catalogue include color changing Wi-Fi Connected Lightbulbs, as well as Switches and Plug-In Outlets with remote Wi-Fi connectivity. Every SATCO device available at Home Controls is capable of remote Wi-Fi operation via their Starfish mobile application, no smart home hub or controller is required.

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Improve Home Security with Home Automation

Home security has changed for the better with the integration of home automation systems. There is so much you can do nowadays besides just having a video surveillance system installed in your home. With so many home automation controllers and hundreds of different smart devices available at your disposal, you can literally set up your smart home in many creative ways to work against unwanted intruders. Combining your home security system with other home automation devices allows you to create unique scenes to occur when certain security sensors are triggered. Plus, many home automation systems can be accessed, controlled, and monitored with a mobile app, which means receiving alerts and notifications over the phone of all the activity that is happening at home so you can react and notify the authorities if needed.

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