Monthly Archives: June 2013

Duct Tape? That’s nawt a tape. THIS is a tape…

I know you can make pretty much anything out of duct tape, and from its wiki page, just now learned that apparently it’s not actually good for taping ducts. When I moved into my house, I bought several rolls of

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 28

Fun with a MakerBot Replicator

If you’ve been keeping up with tech news lately, you’ve likely heard quite a bit of controversy about 3D-printing lately. But you’ve also probably heard about how 3D printing is the next industrial revolution. The MakerBot Replicator 2 is one

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 26

Foscam Indoor Camera

As you improve your home with your Insteon network, another cheap and easy addition to your security system is a wireless security camera. Foscam makes a ton of different models, and they’re all pretty great products for the price. I

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 24

MobiLinc: Control Your Insteon SmartHome from your iDevice or Android

When we kicked off this blog, I told a story about the Home Automation Salesman touting that “Crestron was the Neiman Marcus of Home Automation”. But, hey, we’re Walmart guys, right? More expensive doesn’t mean better – so we chose

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 22

Getting Started with ISY-994i Programming

We’ve talked about the Insteon 8 watt light bulb, and how I’ve installed it in a driveway lantern that doesn’t even have a switch connected to it (and how maybe you don’t even need something this fancy). But let’s assume

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 20

K.I.S.S. – don’t automate what you don’t have to

The K.I.S.S. Principle is pretty straightforward: Keep it simple, stupid. While it may be tempting to completely automate everything in your home, sometimes keeping it simple just makes more sense. For example, we’ve covered the $30 Insteon 8-watt light bulb,

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 18

Insteon 8-watt light bulb

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We’ll spend some time on this blog on LED lights and Green Energy, but now that you’ve been introduced to the ISY-994i, set up synching with an ApplianceLinc, selected your Insteon switch types, and installed a new Insteon switch, let’s

Posted by Matt Chiste
June 16
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