App My Home Blog

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Which Smart Home Platform is Right for You?

When we first started our experiments at AppMyHome, there were no real DIY smart home platforms out there, just point devices with a single purpose, like the Nest thermostat or sophisticated specialty platforms that...

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Lowe’s Iris hub works ok, but too slow

We had the Orbit Water Valve sort of working with Smartthings but it was unreliable.  So, I repurchased the Iris hub and, yes,  I provided my credit card against what I think is right. Figured...

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Cutting the Cable

With all the talk this week about Aereo and the Supreme Court decision, it seems like a good time to talk about our experiences cutting the Cable. We started experimenting with video streaming and...

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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...