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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...

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Skybell is installed

Well mostly. Still have to permanently mount to the stucco. Never a fun job. A two sided thick sticky tape the shape of the back would have been handy. Skybell is installed Install was...

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The bell is coming. SkyBell that is.

Amazon must have received their supply of sky bell automated doorbell Skybells. Others have reported receiving theirs the past week. Myself, just was notified by amazon that ours is on the way. Reading the...

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Which wall switch to use?

Just picked up a couple more wall switches. Needed to make a decision. Did I want the wemo light switch that works straight off the wifi or the GE/Jasco switches that requires z-wave? The...

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IFTTT ties all this together nicely

Well hadn’t been using IFTTT up until today. Once all the devices were installed then this made sense. Tried to come up with a way to shutdown the house at night but couldn’t find...