App My Home Blog

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Home automation needs true integration

With the house almost completely automated we now look for an integrated app to control all the functions. And would really like the app to support the tablet format. Certainly the various hub providers...

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Lowe’s Iris is a disappointment.

I wasn’t going to get the Iris hub since we already have Smartthings but being in Lowes today I just couldn’t resist. After all, if it works, cool maybe the water value would be...

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Have we reached our goal to automate?

I picked up some additional z-wave gadgets. A GE dimmer, a couple of outlets and a three-way kit, plus an Orbit water faucet. We are running out of switches and plugs that need updating....

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Kevo locks continuing to improve

Today’s post is from the other half of AppMyHome, the webmaster and marketer, not the installer and geek. I have to say when we first discussed installing the Kevo locks, I was not supportive....

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Where is the local control?

Received an email from Chamberlain MyQ today. Seems they have a planned outage this weekend. Which is fine. Thanks for the warning. It’s late at night anyways. What is worrisome is that I didn’t...

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SkyBell – Six Weeks Later

We have been using our SkyBell now for about six weeks and now that the initial excitement has worn off, I thought it would be useful to write a short review. Installation The installation...

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Lights off at 30,000 ft.

Sometimes home automation is fun. Well at least showing off the capabilities. Just turned off the laundry room light that we left on all while in the air. Lights off at 30,000 ft This...

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Kevo door locks. Do they work?

Yes they do. These locks are easy to install at least for the physical part. They look like a standard bolt lock and work the same with a key. You can even rekey so...

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The very easy to use Chamberlain MyQ

One pleasant surprise was the automation of the garage door. Chamberlain certainly made a simple elegant solution. Basically this is a remote door pad that has wifi. You install a motion sensor on the...

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SkyBell update

Ok so the bell is mounted. The camera pointed the right way. As a bell works great. As a video bell basically once you answer the results are fine. Key words are “once you...