Monthly Archives: January 2014

Insteon Hidden Door Sensor

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We’ve covered the Insteon TriggerLinc to detect when doors and windows are opened, but some people may find even the relatively small devices obtrusive on door and window frames. A relatively new device in the Insteon arsenal is the Insteon

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 31

Automate home systems while on the road

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While at CES earlier this month, I was faced with a challenge when I had housekeepers scheduled to come while I was on the road. Normally if I wasn’t going to be home I’d leave a key in the mailbox,

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 28

Tales from CES: Emerging Home Automation Technologies

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CES had its share of neat Home Automation gadgets, but there was also a fair share of emerging home automation technologies on display as well. Here’s a quick round-up of some of those technologies that peaked my interest: First off,

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 24

Tales from CES: Quirky Home Automation Gadgets

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I had the opportunity to go to the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) again this year, and now that I’ve caught up on my day job (and recovered from the Vegas hangover), I wanted to share some experiences from the

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 20

Diagnosing an IOLinc connected to a Doorbell

After the post on adding your doorbell to your Insteon network, reader Steve was having some problems: I have tried for days to set up my doorbell to my insteon network/isy-994i and it doesn’t seem to work for me. My

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 5

An aerial view of the Arlington Winter Wonderland

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Home Automation is all about leveraging technology to make our lives easier, more secure, and more convenient. While we’re not quite ready to get our deliveries from the air, the laws are still being established, and there are occasional mishaps,

Posted by Matt Chiste
January 3
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