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Turns Any Hose End Sprinkler into a Timed Sprinkler

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The Orbit 62034 Mechanical Hose Faucet Timer converts an ordinary hose faucet into an automatic sprinkler station. Twist the dial to the desired watering duration and the timer will turn itself off. The mechanical operation doesn’t require batteries.

Never leave the hose on again, the mechanical hose timer will always ensure your sprinkler or hose will shut off at the right time. There’s no need to worry about inflated water bills when you install the Orbit Mechanical Hose Faucet Timer. With an easy to set timer you’ll ensure your lawn or garden gets the perfect amount of water every time.Orbit 62034 Mechanical Hose Faucet Timer

  • Watering times from 15 minutes to 2 hours
  • Mechanical operation requires no batteries
  • Durable High Impact Construction
  • Comfort grip for easy use

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Try Out a Stylish Wristwatch that Also has a Hidden Camera

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Mini Gadgets TTDRed Covert Watch Camera/DVR - Red

  • Looks and works like a real wristwatch
  • Water resistant
  • Records both audio and video
  • Choose from 30 or 60 frames per second resolution
  • Built-in encryption software prevents tampering

Your surveillance can stay completely discreet with this hidden camera. This wristwatch can be used as a regular time keeping watch but also contains a hidden camera. Its internal memory can record up to 4GB of footage with a resolution of 640 x 480, with adjustable frames per second (30 or 60). The watch records both audio and video and can also double as a webcam. Files can easily be transferred to you computer with the included USB cable. Footage is automatically assigned time and date stamps, making it easier to identify and categorize your videos. Built-in encryption software prevents others from accessing your footage or data should they somehow get a hold of the watch. Read more

Wirelessly Connect a Deadbolt with Security, Lighting or Other Automation Systems Through Z-Wave

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Imagine being able to enter your home without fishing for your keys and upon doing so your front door lock can wirelessly communicate with other things in your house, such as the security system, lighting and thermostat. You’ll never have to worry about leaving your keys in the lock after you come home from a grueling day and your deadbolt will automatically lock itself behind you. With Home Connect technology the Soho Z-Wave Electronic Deadbolt from Baldwin Hardware can integrate with a home automation system to do all of this. This Deadbolt secures your home with a new level of functionality that provides security, convenience and is completely integrated with the Z-Wave network. Users will be able to remotely check the status of the lock and securely lock or unlock the door using a Smartphone. Want to make sure your child gets home from school? You can program it so that you’ll receive a text message indicating when your child has unlocked the door and arrived home. The modern lines and elegant finish of the Soho Z-Wave Deadbolt will add a sleek look to the exterior of your home while providing security and convenience for your family. Installation of the deadbolt only takes a few minutes and the only tool you will need is a screwdriver. Read more

Don’t leave a potential point of entry unprotected

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Indoor Dome Camera Keeps an Eye out for Potential Intruders

Atrix CMDB070 High Resolution Indoor Dome Camera

This indoor dome camera can watch for intruders for you. The 3.6mm lens will send you clear images of subjects fairly close to the camera. If you need a video feed during low-light or darkness conditions, use an IR Illuminator. You will need a 12VDC Power Supply and a video/power cable.

Connect to a Digital Video Recorder
Old video surveillance systems used to require a remote access system, a camera multiplexer; a time-lapse VCR, and an unlimited supply of videotapes for remote viewing and storing video from a multi-camera system. Now you can get the capabilities of all those products in one with a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). By connecting up to four cameras to a DVR, you will be able to record and review video footage of activity around your property. You can even remotely access your video footage using a Network Digital Video Recorder (NDVR).

Lux
Lux rating is the amount of minimum illumination that a camera can have and still pick up an image, 0 being the lowest, or no light. So the closer the lux rating is to 0, the better the camera will operate in no light or low light situations. The Indoor Day/Night Dome Camera can pick up images in 0.001 lux because of its Sony image sensor.

Resolution
Resolution is the amount of horizontal TV lines that make up a picture, so the higher the number of the resolution, the better clarity your picture will have. Note that the monitor or recording device you use must have a resolution equal to or greater than the resolution of the camera, as it will do you no good to have a camera that can output in 540 lines of resolution but have a monitor or recording devices that only pick up images at 300 lines of resolution. The High Resolution Indoor Dome Camera has 550 lines of resolution, about the same as broadcast television.

On Screen Display
The High Resolution Indoor Dome Camera has an On-Screen Display (OSD) which allows you to see and control the camera’s various features. Change settings for Shutter/AGC, Day/Night, Mirror, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Hue, Gain, White Balance, Backlight Control, Motion Detection, Privacy Mask, Language, and Camera ID. Read more

An Economic, Full-Featured, and Remote-Controllable Switch for Fluorescent Lights, Ceiling Fans, and Motors

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Smarthome X10 Wall Switch - White
This X10 Wall Switch can replace any standard wall switch in your home to add remote control of lights, fans, and other appliances to your existing X10 home automation system. The switch responds to on/off commands but can also transmit its own X10 address when operated locally. This is great for status or for simply controlling other devices that are sharing the same address elsewhere in the home.

Slim Design

Similar dimmers are up to 50 percent deeper than X10 Wall Switch. With its slim design, installation is easy, even in small junction boxes.

Easy to Install and Set Up

This switch wires in like a standard wall switch with an additional connection to a neutral wire. To set the X10 address, press & hold the Set button until it beeps and then send the X10 address from any X10-compatible transmitter.

Built with a Quieter Relay

Because X10 Wall Switch is built with a much quieter relay than most remote-control switches, it has a click that is 80 percent quieter than traditional relay switches. This allows you to control lights and other non-dimmable devices without waking up the baby, annoying other family members, or sending your cat fleeing across the room. The click of the internal relay is barely audible.

Generates Less Heat

Unlike other switches, X10 Wall Switch uses a relay to control the load. Other switches use components that absorb about two volts of power and dissipate the heat through the front of the switch. By using a relay, the switch runs cooler and full voltage gets to the load. Read more

Wi-Fi Access Point uses a Web Browser to Control Lighting, Appliances, Security Cameras and More

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Vera2 Z-Wave/INSTEON Web-Enabled Automation Controller
If you are looking to automate your home with Z-Wave lighting and appliance control, the Vera2 Automation Controller will give you the power to take advantage of full-featured home automation and make it simple. The Vera2 system is based on a Wi-Fi access point that links with your wireless router. Once connected, the Vera2 interface can be accessed as a web browser from a web-enabled PC, phone or PDA anywhere in the world.

Web Access
The findvera.comservice makes it very easy to access Vera2 from any web browser in the world. When you are setting up Vera2 for the first time, on the findvera.com tab just pick a username and password. Then, from any web browser in the world go to findvera.com and enter that same username and password to be directly connected to your Vera2 and be in full control of your home with the ability to view your security cameras. The findvera.com website is secure, using the same security as online banks to protect your financial transactions.

  • Secure remote access/control via the the gateway server – This feature allows you to utilize Mi Casa Verde’s secure gateway, with nothing to configure, to access and control your system from a web browser or cell phone. If you know how to setup port forwarding or give Vera a routable IP, you can remotely access Vera2 for free. However, unless you have an SSL certificate, the connection won’t be secure.
  • SMS, Email or voice call alerts when an event occurs – With this feature, Vera will let you know when an event has occurred, per your setup. Note that Vera can be set up to use your own outgoing email service for free; however text messages are an extra fee. Text messages are not included as part of the basic FindVera.com service, but for $29/year you can receive notifications by SMS text message in addition to, or instead of, the free email notifications. This price includes up to 50 SMS text messages for the year, domestic or international, to any cell phone carrier worldwide. This price also includes 1GB of storage on the findvera server to store a video archive from your surveillance and IP web cams, which cameras can be tied to sensors and door locks so you have a video record of who is coming and going from the home. This is enough for about 50,000 images.
  • Video archiving – If you’d prefer not to store videos on your PC, the FindVera.com service can do it for you. Up to 1GB of data can be stored and encrypted with a unique hardware key so only you have access to them on Mi Casa Verde’s server.
  • Energy logging – This feature will allow you to keep a record of all the energy usage reported by Vera every 60 minutes for every device in the home on the secure servers of Mi Casa Verde. Data is kept for a year, and charts and graphs displaying your usage are automatically generated. If you are familiar with setting up your own database server and know how to generate graphs, you could also do this yourself.
  • Automatic daily backups – If you don’t want to back Vera up yourself, this service will do it for you daily, with up to 15 backup sets. If anything happens to Vera, your configuration will be safe.

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