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Home Automation Software that Allows You to Control Your Home Straight from Your Computer!

April 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Standard - Home Automation Software

Home Control Assistant HCA 11 Standard – Home Automation Software

  • Integrates INSTEON and X10 power line technologies
  • Supports IP addressed IR interfaces from GlobalCache and BitWise
  • Supports whole-house wireless
  • Multiple Schedules created by a visual scheduling tool
  • Unlimited programs to respond to events – in a graphical manner from over 60 different actions
  • Includes Checkbox control – get powerful control with no scheduling or programming
  • Includes Power Track – track power usage for all your 2-way devices
  • Works with all the latest INSTEON firmware devices

Home automation made easy – The Home Control Assistant Home Automation Software works with a variety of automation interfaces to control all areas of your home quickly and easily, directly from your computer! Home Control Assistant (HCA) is a Windows based home automation program that works with a variety of automation interfaces to control lights, appliances, irrigation, HVAC and more. With HCA’s Programming, Scheduling, Checkbox control and Power Track, you can easily save money, reduce electrical usage, conserve water and improve safety by automating your home.

The Home Control Assistant runs on any computer that uses the Windows XP, Vista or Win7 operating system. It works with automation interfaces to control lights and appliances in your home using X10, INSTEON, UPB, Wireless and IR technology.

HCA can be installed in a home with existing automation hardware. HCA can “spider” through or Multi-Add all your installed INSTEON network and find all the devices and add them to your home design file. A new automation solution is easy to create using the built-in Wizards for creating a new file, adding devices, creating new schedules, and new programs. Once you have defined all the hardware, adding schedules and programs is simple using the Visual Tools provided. Read More

Remotely Turn Devices On and Off While Monitoring the Energy Usage of Each Device

January 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

  • Remotely turn electronic devices On/Off through WeMo app
  • Monitor the energy usage of a connected device
  • Program schedules, rules and even receive alert notifications
  • Quick setup – plug into AC outlet then connect electronic device
  • WeMo app is compatible with iOS and Android operating systems

Did you forget to turn off the coffee machine? Wonder no more and see which electronic devices you left on or off directly from your smartphone or tablet with the help of the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch! With the WeMo app, you can turn your devices on and off as you please while also monitoring the energy consumption of each device!

Grow your existing WeMo network or get started on a brand new one with the F7C029FC WeMo Insight Switch from Belkin. This plug-and-play device gives you the ability to remotely turn any connected electronic device On or Off from the convenience of the Belkin WeMo app on an Android or iOS smart device. Simply plug the Insight Switch into an AC outlet and then connect the electronic device you wish to control by plugging it into the AC pass-through outlet on the Insight Switch and you’re ready to go. Through the WeMo app you can now create custom schedules and rules for the electronic device while also setting up email alerts to notify you if the connected device has been on for too long.

On/Off control is great but that’s not all the Insight Switch can do. This device will also do exactly what its name suggests; it provides insight into the energy usage of the electronic device. Monitor the devices used most often in your home, or perceived to be the largest energy guzzlers to find out how much each is truly costing you and see where money can be saved by reducing usage of certain devices. Read More

Save Money and Energy with Z-Wave Technology

October 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Honeywell TH8320ZW1007/U Z-Wave Touchscreen Thermostat with Wiresaver

  • Z-Wave connectivity allows you to control your thermostat via your Z-Wave network
  • High-precision circuitry keeps temperature within 1°
  • Delivered messages allows the thermostat to be added to or removed from a Z-Wave controller
  • Included Wire saver allows for use without a common wire
  • Menu driven programming guides the user through the programming process
  • Intuitive adjustment for precise comfort control, easy to use touch screen display

With the Honeywell Z-Wave Touchscreen Thermostat with Wiresaver, you can remotely manage your home’s temperature and save money on energy bills by reducing energy consumption. Designed for easy use, quick installation and packed with convenient features, this thermostat gives homeowners the ability to remotely manage their home’s temperature and save money by reducing energy consumption. The thermostat is Z-Wave compatible which allows it to communicate with other Z-Wave enabled home automation devices and be easily integrated into a Z-Wave network. Homeowners can enjoy the benefits of the Z-Wave technology while trusting the comfort control and quality only available from Honeywell. Offering you the ability to program each day differently and to customize temperatures for four periods per day, this thermostat makes it easy to heat or cool your home for optimum comfort. It features exclusive Honeywell Smart Response Technology and a feature that enables Auto Changes from Heating to Cooling, which continually adjust the pre-heating or cooling of your home for effective results and precise comfort control within 1°F of your desired temperature. Get it on sale now for $148.76, normally $164.99! Read More

Complete Home Automation Starts with this Small White Box

October 24, 2013 Leave a comment

INSTEON Hub

  • Control your entire INSTEON network
  • Receive cloud-based email and/or text alerts (leak, door, etc.)
  • Setup scenes
  • Run timers
  • Do this all from your mobile device (iOS or Android)
  • Free iOS and Android apps
  • No monthly fees
  • Now with Dual-Band

If you dream of complete Home Automation control, the INSTEON Hub can make that dream a reality! With the Hub, you can have complete home control and receive alerts from your smartphone or tablet. Control INSTEON light bulbs, wall switches, outlets and thermostats. Receive instant email or text alerts from motion and water leak sensors while you’re away. Just start with the Hub, select the INSTEON devices for your home and enjoy. The Hub works in combination with your router and smartphone or tablet to control INSTEON devices in your home while you’re there or when you’re at work and on vacation. Instructions on how to setup remote access are included in the app or you can call and have INSTEON support set it up for you. Create alerts by adding water leak sensors, motion sensors, door/window sensors and more. The INSTEON Hub will send text and email alerts to you as well as anyone else you wish. The Hub also stores the status of these sensors, so you can easily check on your sensors from within the app anytime. Also, this autoamtion system requires absolutely no monthly fees to view, control and monitor your home. Other systems on the market charge hundreds of dollars a year for services that you can get for free with the INSTEON Hub. Read More

Want to know what triggered a motion sensor, or just check in on the kids or pets? Add a wireless camera and you’ll see it all from your smartphone. The INSTEON Wireless Security IP Camera feature pan/tilt control and night vision. Setting up this camera within the INSTEON for Hub app is the easiest setup routine that you’ve ever seen and anyone can do it. Read More

INSTEON Wireless Security IP Camera with Pan, Tilt and Night Vision

July 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Automatic Water Fountain Quenches the Thirst of Man’s Best Friend

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Product Title (In box)

  • Water dispenses when the sensor detects the pet
  • Sensor has a 3 foot detection range
  • Automatically shuts off water flow when pet walks away
  • Weatherproof design
  • Adjustable height to suit small, medium and large pets

If you’re a dog lover, or just an animal lover in general, the WaterDog WAT002 Pet Drinking Fountain is a must, especially if your tail-wagging best friend usually remains within the confines of your backyard. Water is essential for survival…for you…for me…and for your beloved dog. Depending on the day’s weather, the average healthy dog will drink roughly one oz. of water per pound of body weight. That can really add up to a lot of water and a lot of having to monitor and fill up the trusty ol’ water bowl. Instead, let the Pet Drinking Fountain do all that work for you. All your dog has to do is walk up to one of your home’s outside water faucets (which this device attaches to) thus triggering the onboard sensor (begins working roughly three feet away) which then automatically begins to dispense water allowing your dog to quench its thirst. It’s essentially water on demand for your dog! No more having to constantly refill the water bowl. It’s clean, healthy, and unlike your standard bowl, isn’t filled with old-standing water filled with dog-slobber-backwash…food remnants…hair…and well….I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination. It’s an efficient technological solution fit for modern times! Your dog is your best friend and it deserves only the best. This simple solution from WaterDog will keep the both of you happy. Read More

There’s a remote placement kit available too! Here

Instant Home Automation According to Air Temperature

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The Thermo Cube is designed to turn your appliances on and off according to the current air temperature. It is able to achieve this instantly without the addition of a costly control unit. Save money and time by only running equipment when necessary. Perfect for automating weather-related electronic devices such as space heaters and fans. Thermo Cube’s weatherproof design makes it capable of indoor and outdoor applications. Each unit has two receptacles for use with more than one device and can operate loads up to 1800 Watts, 15 Amps and 120VAC.

Smarthome carries 5 models of the Thermo Cube: 

Thermo Cube TC-1 (On at 0 °F, Off at 10 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-2 (On at 20 °F, Off at 30 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-3 (On at 35 °F, Off at 45 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-21 (On at 78 °F, Off at 70 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-22 (On at 120 °F, Off at 100 °F)

 Each model is designed to turn your appliances and other electronic devices on and off at pre-set air temperatures. Decide which model is perfect for you and head on over to Smarthome.com.

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