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REVIEW Ecobee3 Smart Wifi Thermostat

Today I’m going to replace my thermostat with the Ecobee3 smart wifi thermostat. And, in my home, I have a special circumstance in that I only have four wires that go from my existing thermostat over to my mechanical closet, so in addition to the Ecobee3 setup and review, we’ll also be installing the power extender kit.

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iHome isp5 & isp8 WiFi Smart Plug Setup and Review

Setup & review of the iHome isp5 and iHome isp8 smart plug in modules. As a bonus, we’ll compare this plug in module to the WeMo and TP-Link wifi switches. To date, all of my reviews have been z-wave modules that require a smart home hub like the Wink Hub 2 or Samsung SmartThings.

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Logitech Harmony Hub Review and Setup

Review and setup the Logitech Harmony Hub, connect it to the Amazon Echo Dot to control Vizio 4K display and home entertainment center. In a previous video I talked about the various ways that you can use the Amazon Echo Dot to stream Amazon Prime Music to a surround sound system using a bluetooth connection. To solve this problem, I’m going to add the Logitech Harmony Hub to my home entertainment system.

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Stringify Flows for Advanced Home Automation Setup, Review & Tutorial + IFTTT Comparison

Stringify is a cloud based application that can act as an intelligent service broker to improve your smart home automation. The video explains the differences between IFTTT and Stringify as well as helping you set up a basic flow with multiple constraints, triggers and actions. Stringify can be linked to the Wink Hub 2 and SmartThings to enhance shortcuts, robots and routines. You can also use the app to trigger really cool things using the Amazon Echo Dot.

 

 

 

DIY 3 Way Switch Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Install with No Neutral Wire or Traveller Wire

DIY installation of the Lutron Caseta In Wall Wireless Smart Switch Dimmer. This video will explain how to install, setup and configure the switch in a single and 3-way switch installation. At the end of the video I will connect both the smart switch and the pico remote into the Wink Hub 2 using the Wink App.

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Disability Access w/ Amazon Echo Dot, SmartThings, Logitech Harmony Hub & Smart Home Automation

Use smart home automation to help people with disabilities. In this episode, we help Bob, a quadriplegic, simplify his life with the use of smart home tech. Being disabled shouldn’t mean that accessibility is sacrificed, not in today’s day and age. Today we discuss how a simple solution using the Samsung SmartThings hub 2.0, GE In-Wall Smart Switches, the Logitech Harmony Hub and an Amazon Echo Dot can be a low cost setup to improve accessibility for those in wheelchairs or assisted living situations.

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How to Start Your Smart Home: Part 1 -Using the Wink and SmartThings Hubs for Home Automation Tech

The smart home is growing in popularity. This video helps you start your smart home by helping you create a solid plan. Home automation is about more than just the gadgets. Sure you can go out and buy an Amazon Echo or a Google Home and stitch together a few devices. But if you want a real smart home, you need to look at a smart home hub. The video will make the case for a real hub, and discuss lighting options for your new automation experience.

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