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Amazon Echo Out-of-the-Box Review

Today we are going to do a box opening review of the Amazon Echo. Pretty excited about this since I’ve been waiting for it for a while now. Very curious to see how it looks coming out of the box and how easy it is to hook into my home automation system. The main reason that I bought the Amazon Echo is that I wanted to have the voice automation along with my smart home. After reading a lot of review and talking to some people that have Alexa, I thought it would be good for me to get my hands on one.

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GE12722 Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control On/Off Switch

Transform any home into a smart home with the Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control On/Off Switch. The on/off switch replaces your current light switch, uses your existing wiring, and provides Z-Wave wireless and in-wall control of overhead lighting. The switch enables wireless control of on/off functions of direct wire incandescent, LED, xenon, halogen and fluorescent lighting.

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GE Outdoor Smart Switch Review

In this episode, we will review the GE Outdoor Smart Switch. I needed a simple way to control my outdoor fountains that plug into a GFCI electrical outlet. I wanted the ability to easily control from inside my house without having to add new switches or wiring. I also needed something that could hold up to the elements. Within 5 minutes, I had the device integrated into my smart home through my Wink hub, schedules set and wife fully up to speed.

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History of Affordable Home Automation

In your search for affordable home automation, it’s a good idea to understand the evolution of the technology. Most people believe that home automation is expensive, or that achieving your smart home goals is financially out of reach. Both of these assumptions are false. This video explains the 40 year evolution of the affordable smart home components and demonstrates how easy it is to get started.