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Venstar Thermostat – INSTEON Remote Control Thermostat 1-Day Programmable 2491T1 Review

July 31, 2010 1 comment

Product Title (In box)

Joe — Edmonton Date: 6/13/2010
Review: I got this thermostat about 2 weeks ago. Since then I have had no trouble with it’s regular use or it’s advanced programming features. Insteon programming for this device is simple and well laid out following the serial command list. A little more documentation for the programming newbie would be cool example VB,C++,HTML but hopefully some users make that happen. Allowing customers to purchase the SDK without the hardware would also probably make for a solid solution to the documentation problem.

GERI — CALGARY, AB Date: 6/6/2010
Review: Great device that brings your thermostat right to your finger tips, regardless of where you are.

dkh1020 — Katy, Texas Date: 5/18/2010
Review: Excellent thermostat! Went with the one day unit as I had no need for the extra programming capability. I have a 5 wire system and it installed in minutes with absolutely no hitches. Works exactly as described and connected to my ISY99 controller perfectly. I synced my I-phone to my ISY99 controller and had thermostat control at my fingertips. Now I can adjust and monitor the temperature in my house from anywere. Going to replace two additional thermostats in my home with this unit shortly. Great product!

HAYS — SHERWOOD, AR Date: 3/7/2010
Review: Works wonderfully. Please remember you need a device that sends RF signals to use this product.

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Fully-Automatic, Programmable Lawn Mower with Charging Station

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Robomow STC85400 RM400 Robomower

Don’t worry about getting up early on Saturday morning to mow the lawn ever again. Robomow® RM400 is an automatic lawnmower that cuts the grass all by itself. Simply install a perimeter wire around the edge of the lawn and other areas you don’t want Robomow to enter. Then, program the time you’d like Robomow to operate.

When it’s time to mow the lawn, Robomow will depart from the Base Station to cut your grass. Once mowing is complete, Robomow will return to the Base Station to charge until its next scheduled operation. Because Robomow works on the schedule you set for it, your lawn will even be maintained when you are away from home for long periods of time. Robomow is also equipped with a rain sensor to prevent mowing, so you won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn off the unit in inclement weather.

The Robomow RM400 is recommended for lawns of up to 3,200-4,300 feet squared (depending on grass type and condition).

  • Compact one blade mulching system
  • Remote Control used to mow very narrow areas manually (available as an accessory)
  • User controlled theft protection including an alarm system
  • Tilt Sensor – stops rotating blade immediately when Robomow is tilted
  • Price: $1500.00
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    In-LineLinc Dimmer – INSTEON Remote Control In-Line Dimmer 2475D Review

    July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

    Product Title (In box)

    ROBERT — ARLINGTON, MA Date: 3/1/2010
    Review: This fit nicely in the 4″ box behind a sconce and solved a problem I was having getting power to another switch. I’ll be installing a few of these now that I have the technique.

    JOHN — PITTSBURGH, PA Date: 4/1/2010
    Review: New slightly smaller size fits inside junction boxes.

    CLAUDE — VARENNES, QC Date: 1/19/2010
    Review: First experience with your product, easy to install, easy to configure and do more than I expected

    RONALD — MIDLAND, MI Date: 1/4/2010
    Review: I wanted to control new task lighting in the ceiling by X-10 without “switch sprawl”. I would have had to change a three switch box into a four. Pulling cable, carpentry and drywall work – all avoided! This dimmer took all of 15 minutes to install in the attic (where ugly is OK) with a new switch box and it worked perfectly the first try.

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    Compatible with Numerous Z-Wave-Enabled Software or Web-Enabled Interfaces

    July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

    TrickleStar 300ZW-US-W Z-Wave USB Stick

    The TrickleStar 300SW-US-W Z-Wave USB Stick allows control and monitoring of Z-Wave enabled products from a USB port device such as a Gateway, Set Top Box or a PC. The Z-Wave USB Stick can be used with a wide range of PC and Apple Mac Home Control software available on the market.

    With the Z-Wave USB Stick, you’ll be able to sends commands to other Z-Wave devices from your PC or other web-enabled devices. The USB stick includes a USB extender cable to allow the product to be remotely mounted to improve radio frequency (RF) performance.

    The TrickleStar USB Stick is a Z-Wave enabled device and is compatible with Z-Wave enabled devices from a range of manufacturers. Each device in a Z-Wave network is designed to act as a repeater. Repeaters can re-transmit the RF signal to ensure that the signal is received by its intended destination by routing the signal around obstacles and radio dead spots.The Z-Wave USB Stick is designed to be used with a range of other Z-Wave compliant devices such as dimmers, drape controllers and motorized screens. The product is simple yet supports a range of Z-Wave network functionality. The product includes a USB extender cable to allow the product to be remotely mounted to improve RF performance.

  • Z-Wave Protocol (Static Controller)
  • Supports USB v1.1 protocol, full-speed
  • USB power / link LED indicator
  • Powered from USB port
  • Price: $29.95
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    Monitors and Analyzes Your Fuel Usage and Mileage to Show How to Reduce the Cost of Driving

    July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

    Lemur LMED-001 EconoDriver

    Afraid you are wasting gas and money? Use the LMED-001 EconoDriver to monitor and measure how much you are spending and fuel and how much money you are actually wasting. Use EconoDriver to analyze your gas usage and mileage to decide what you can do use waste less gas and money. Enter the price of fuel, and EconoDriver will do the rest!

    The easy-to-read key fob display provides real-time feedback about vehicle mileage, cost of travel and the driver’s “green” score. EconoDriver is simple to install and powered by your vehicle, so no tools or wiring is needed. There’s no need to remove EconoDriver every time you exit your car. The unit is designed to withstand various temperature extremes associated with driving.

  • Easy to install – no tools, wires, or computers needed
  • Measures how much gas you are using and how much money you could be wasting
  • For gas, diesel or hybrid engines in models 1996 or newer
  • Price: $89.98
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    Turn iPhone Into Universal Remote Control

    July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

    NewKinetix NK100 Re Universal IR Remote Control for iPhone

    The NewKinetix NK100 Re Universal IR Remote Control can turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a universal remote control that works in any room of your home. Away from home, the Re and your iPhone or iPod give you the power to mute the loud TV nobody is watching, or change channels in the break room when the office remote is lost. There are no limits to the number of locations that you can use your Re. There is no need for WiFi, so plug your Re into your iPhone or iPod touch and download the Re Universal Remote Control App (free) to personalize control of your AV entertainment everywhere.

  • Features typically found only on High-End Dedicated Universal Remotes
  • Easy to Setup and Fun to Use
  • Works Everywhere – Take it from Room to Room and to the Office
  • Remotes for all of your Devices are Instantly Accessible
  • Supports Virtually all Brands & Types of AV Equipment
  • No Batteries, No Extra Boxes, No WiFi Required
  • Replaces Lost or Broken Remotes
  • Price: $69.95
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    SmartLinc – INSTEON Central Controller 2412N Review

    July 28, 2010 6 comments

    Product Title (In box)

    DOUG — ORANGE, CA Date: 4/23/2010
    Review: You’ve seen it, right? The iPhone commercial that shows a family waiting for their flight at the airport and then they remember that they forgot to lock the door or turn off a light. Well, that commercial advertises a company and service that requires a monthly fee of 13-15 dollars a month. The SmartLinc can do the same but with no monthly fee. Just get this connected to your home router, set your port for accessing outside of your home and add devices to things you want to control lamps: LampLinc, wall switches: SwitchLinc. It uses a web application so you’re not locked into an Apple app. That means you can log into your home and control it while at a computer or mobile phone. Very simple device setup and well worth the price.

    DEBRA — CENTERVILLE, MA Date: 6/29/2010
    Review: Excellent. Love this item. Very easy to install and use.

    CHRISTOPHER — SAN CARLOS, CA Date: 6/11/2010
    Review: So far this works great, though you have to be careful about resetting it and losing all your settings, also don’t use DHCP!

    SCOTT — SAN JOSE, CA Date: 6/9/2010
    Review: I use the product to control my X10 devices from my IPhone through Safari and it works great. The quickstart guide was straightforward and took no time to get it set up. It did take a little extra research time to configure the controller to communicate with the X10 devices, but once I figured out how to code it in, it works great. I recommend it to anyone who would like a way to control their home automation(X10 devices in my case) via your IPhone.

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