We have moved

Posted in Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the May 12th, 2016

For a while now the contents of this site was available from two places – right here at http://ulanoff.com/blogs/automation and at its mirror site http://SlashAutomation.com.

Starting today the new articles will appear only on SlashAutomation.com. All existing posts are still available on the new site.

 

P.S. This site will still run for a while to make people aware of this change. Later on all traffic will be automatically redirected to http://SlashAutomation.com.

Thank you for visiting! Keep on reading at http://SlashAutomation.com

Ruslan (the editor)

How to Secure Your Smart Home

Posted in Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the March 27th, 2016

So you’ve brought the Internet of Things into your abode. Here’s how to protect your home network and the devices connected to it.

Source: How to Secure Your (Easily Hackable) Smart Home

Amazon Echo learns some new tricks, can now control Insteon lights | TechHive

Posted in Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the September 28th, 2015

Amazon’s partnership with Insteon provides the Echo with broader device compatibility, bringing it a little closer to being the center of your smart home.

Source: Amazon Echo learns some new tricks, can now control Insteon lights | TechHive

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Apple Removes Nest Labs Thermostats From U.S. Stores – The New York Times

Posted in Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the July 24th, 2015

Apple Inc said it had removed Nest Labs’ Internet-connected thermostats from its U.S. online and retail stores, a year after the home automation maker was bought by Google Inc for $3.3 billion.

Source: Apple Removes Nest Labs Thermostats From U.S. Stores – The New York Times

Insteon® Announces Apple HomeKit-enabled Insteon App and Insteon Hub

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 7th, 2015

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consumer Electronics Show – Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced a new Insteon App supporting Apple HomeKit technology for home management. With the HomeKit-enabled Insteon App, users can control any HomeKit-enabled device, regardless of brand or product type. Insteon is also offering a new HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub, which brings Insteon switches, outlets, thermostats, and light bulbs into the HomeKit ecosystem. The Insteon Hub featuring HomeKit technology is available for pre-order at $149.99.

“Support for HomeKit technology for home management will allow us to provide a simple and easy experience for our customers, with the ability to securely pair and control devices throughout the house including integration with Siri.”

HomeKit delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to easily control individual or groups of products throughout the house including integration with Siri®, Apple’s personal voice assistant. With HomeKit, you can create scenarios to direct Siri, such as “Bedtime, Siri,” that would dim the lights, lock the doors, close the garage door and set the thermostat.

The new Insteon App will work with all HomeKit-enabled products from various manufacturers and protocols, providing a simple, singular method for consumers to control connected devices.

“We’re thrilled to launch our HomeKit-enabled Insteon App and Insteon Hub. This brings together more products from more manufacturers under a single platform than we’ve ever seen,” said Joe Dada, CEO, Insteon. “Support for HomeKit technology for home management will allow us to provide a simple and easy experience for our customers, with the ability to securely pair and control devices throughout the house including integration with Siri.”

App features:

  • Control HomeKit-enabled lights, door locks, color-changing bulbs, garage door openers, thermostats and any other HomeKit-enabled products
  • Control Insteon switches, outlets, thermostats and more when paired with the HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub
  • Easily add devices with just a tap
  • Create and manage rooms, zones and even multiple houses
  • Schedule scenes and set repeats for day, week or date
  • Dashboard view for quick visibility and control
  • Quickly create powerful scenes that adjust multiple devices

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