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Articles related how to connect, setup, install and configure various home automation devices

Yale YRD256-CBA / ZW2 / iM1 Smart Deadbolt Review

 Connected by August Connected by August Connected by August
Apple HomeKit Apple HomeKit Apple HomeKit
Z-Wave Plus Z-Wave Plus Z-Wave Plus
Zigbee Zigbee Zigbee

Overall Rating diy star 4.0

Overall I was very impressed with this lock. It has many great features that should be standard in a high-end smart lock. It was well thought out, including the aspect of using a single lock frame that can be converted from a Connected by August (CBA), Apple HomeKit (iM1), Z-Wave Plus (ZW2), and Zigbee (HA2).

The CBA model has the most functionality, which is reflected in the price, but the other versions offer more capabilities when compared to the YRD156 for example.

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Yale YRD156-ZW2 Smart Deadbolt Review

 Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon Buy on Amazon

Overall Rating diy star 4.0

Overall I was very impressed with this lock. It is very straight forward and offers great capabilities. The commanded lock/unlock was very reliable, and always sent back status to the hub. My only complaint is that it is sold exclusively through distributors and you’ll see wild markups on the price if you’re not careful.

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Zooz Zen30 Double Switch

 Purchase on Amazon

~ $40.00

Overall Rating diy star 4.5

The Zooz Zen30 is a Z-Wave switch that can control 2 loads independently with one Double Switch. The upper switch is a paddle dimmer which can be configured as an on/off switch through parameters. The lower switch is a push-button switch that can control fan loads up to 15 amps. The fan switch (lower) provides no speed control.  

This is the first Z-Wave switch that I’ve seen with this capability!

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Inovelli LZW31 Smart Dimmer Review

Inovelli Red Series Dimmer Inovelli Black Series Dimmer

Overall Rating diy star 5.0

The Inovelli LZW31 comes in two flavors, red and black. The Black Series dimmer is the utilitarian little brother of the Red Series dimmer. It’s nice that they decided to provide a basic version (that’s still very capable) for those customers that don’t want or care about all the extra features.

Before you go crazy and purchase a bunch of either model, it’s a good idea to understand the differences to make sure you get what you need. The price difference is under $10, so when in doubt, spend the extra money (in my opinion). What you get as a result will be sure to please.

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Pair the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Hubitat Elevation

 

Pairing the Schlage Z-Wave Connect Deadbolt with Hubitat Elevation Smart Home Hub can be a difficult task. This video was made before Hubitat pulled the lock from their supported device list. If you are having trouble, this video will help. It provides full instructions for factory reset, Z-Wave Exclusion & Inclusion, solving common problems and using the Hubitat Lock Code Manager

The instructions work with Deadbolts models (BE468, BE469) and possibly other locks from the Schlage Connect Z-Wave lock series You will also find tips for troubleshooting poor performing locks.

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Review: Braumm Smart Wi-Fi Switch and Wi-Fi Plug

The Braumm switches can be used with both Amazon Echo (Alexa) and the Google Home Assistant.Braumm provides their own app, but the smart plug and smart switch are also compatible with the Smart Life app, since they both work on the Tuya platform.

Overall Rating diy star 3.0

The Braum S111 is a Wi-Fi connected on/off switch that can connect through the Braumm app or the Tuya app. It’s a great switch for the price point. Be aware that it will not integrate with non-Tuya enabled systems.
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LIVE: Hubitat Elevation How-To Dashboards and Devices Q&A

Live Stream Hubitat Elevation setting up devices and building dashboards. This will be a LIVE Q&A. For devices, we will cover tips on how to pair, troubleshooting, exclusion, and features of various types of devices. For Hubitat Elevation Dashboards we will cover basic settings, dashboard widgets, advanced template settings, and other tips and tricks.

2018 Inovelli Z-Wave Plus Smart Switch Indoor / Outdoor

Inovelli just sent over their 2018 lineup of Z-wave switches.Today we’re going to dig into their outdoor plug in modules, indoor plug in modules and in-wall switches. And as is always the case with Inovelli, there’s a few cool surprises to be found in their smart home gear.

 

All switches work with Wink Hub 2, SmartThings and Vera hubs.