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

Those plugged into the home automation and security industry know about the various networks and wireless protocols used to command your smart home devices, such as Z-Wave, Zigbee, Insteon, Wi-Fi, and others. The purpose of this guide is to highlight the features of Insteon and Z-Wave protocols for current and potential ISY Controller users and consider whether now is a good time to begin migrating from Insteon to Z-Wave for your home automation applications.

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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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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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Use Smart Sensors to Optimize Your Home Automation Scenes

We’ve spoken about Z-Wave before, but now we’re going to get into a little more detail on the usefulness and practicality of home automation. Typically you would look at a door/window sensor, or motion sensor, and expect that all it does is tell you and your automation hub when a door or window is open or when movement is detected in the room. While that is true on both counts, these sensors are capable of much more than simply telling you.

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Build a High Speed Gigabit Network with Luxul

Home Controls is proud to announce we now carry Luxul networking devices. Luxul is a trusted name in IP networking solutions, creating high quality wired and wireless network devices for residential and commercial applications. Luxul devices can accommodate any sized home or business regardless of the setup , thanks to their plug-and-play installation design and high capacity specifications, including Gigabit network speeds, Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, and more.

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EISsound Builds Easily Expandable Wireless Audio Systems

Home Controls now carries wireless audio streaming systems from EISsound. EISsound, a European manufacturer, was one of the first players in the home audio system industry to introduce audio control units designed to replace standard light switches. Their product designs always include a seamless or universal aesthetic in order to be easily included into any home audio or business installation. EISsound’s wireless audio products use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology to deliver music from a single streaming device to expandable multi-room audio setups.

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Stream Music at Home the Best and Easiest Way

Streaming music at home without having to rely on just using your smartphone and an external speaker is now possible and easier than you think.

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Smart Home Products For Renters

Looking for ways to save money on utility bills and make your rented home a smart home? You don’t have to own the building you're living in to start building an automated home system with smart home products.

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How to Make Mornings Easier With Home Automation

Let’s face it: for many of us, waking up during the work week can be a struggle. Whether you sleep through your alarms or force yourself out of bed while still half asleep, it can be hard to quickly muster the energy and focus necessary to kickstart your mornings. For days like these, adding smart home automation devices to your home can potentially improve your morning routine by programing your home to wake up with you. Here at Home Controls we offer a full spread of smart home devices that can make your mornings easier to greet.

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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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Autoslide Automatic Sliding Door Systems Now Available

Home Controls now offers home automation and access control devices from Autoslide, the makers of their patented automated sliding door system.

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Introducing Ezlo Plus and Ezlo Secure: The Most Compatible Smart Home Hubs

Home Controls is proud to introduce Vera’s newest and most powerful automation hubs: The Vera Ezlo Plus and the Vera Ezlo Secure. These two smart home automation hubs feature groundbreaking automation features and the latest Z-Wave software to create two of the most powerful, versatile, and compatible smart home hubs in the industry.

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Available Now: Exclusive Surveillance Kit Including the Camect Hub and Seco-Larm Outdoor IP Cameras

Home Controls is partnering with Camect and Seco-Larm to provide an affordable surveillance system kit that is perfect for new or pre-existing security applications. The Camect Smart Video Recorder Hub with Weatherproof 5MP IP Bullet Cameras kit consists of the Camect Smart Video Recorder Hub, and either a group of Seco-Larm Enforcer 5MP Outdoor IP Fixed Lens Turret Cameras or 5MP Outdoor IP Fixed Lens Bullet Cameras.

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