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ZipaTile: All-In-One Smart Home Hub

May 26, 2017

Now you can put a large variety of smart home functions into your home in a very simple, all inclusive and inexpensive way. To this end, the Zipato ZipaTile is a great solution! The Zipato ZipaTile is more than just a smart home hub. It’s a complete, all-in-one smart home controller that can easily replace other home devices such as a security » Read More

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom: A Better Way to Stay Connected

May 19, 2017

The Nucleus Anywhere Intercom is changing the way family members are communicating at home. It’s a video intercom unit that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, which means you can instantly have a live video or audio call with other Nucleus devices connected to your local network or with Nucleus devices in other households. By adding » Read More

Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat6a: What’s the Difference?

May 12, 2017

Having a smart home means there’s a good chance you might have to use Ethernet cable to connect various devices to your home network. Although some devices may offer wireless connectivity, a wired connection usually provides a faster and more reliable connection. But like everything else that has to do with technology, cables have also gone » Read More

Simply Automated 20% Off Sale

May 5, 2017

Now is the time to start building or expanding your smart home lighting control system! Home Controls and Simply Automated have teamed up to offer great savings on Simply Automated’s lighting control products. Through June, enjoy a 20% discount on every Simply Automated product available at Home Controls, including standard UPB lighting control » Read More

Common Mistakes in Smart Home Setups

April 28, 2017

There are common mistakes that can be made when setting up a smart home. Even though there are some D.I.Y. smart devices that claim they are easy to install, you could potentially disrupt your home automation system if you don’t know what you’re doing. But don’t be discouraged, adding smart devices to your home can vastly improve your » Read More

IP Door Video Intercom Systems: Tales from the Trenches

April 21, 2017

Nowadays, there are a whole slew of IP capable Video Door Intercom systems that allow you to see and communicate with a visitor once they press the doorbell to your home. In most cases, the device would even notify/alert you if someone comes by your door. In fact, Ring, one of our vendors has a bunch of pictures posted on their site sent by » Read More

Inexpensive Ways to Simplify Life with Smart Technology

April 14, 2017

Turning your home into a smart home using inexpensive devices is a wonderful way to help simplify your life. Nowadays, there are more DIY home automation systems available than there were in the past that are affordable, easy to install, and simple to monitor. Just about any tech-savvy homeowner can convert their home into a place where lights, » Read More