I know I know, it has been far to long. My new day-job has kept me busy day and night in between family life so this poor blog has ben left alone for far too long. About time to do something about that though. Biggest problem I have now is that I have to much to write about, Microsoft Surface Pro 4? Withings Home Cam? My DIY touch screen home automation tablet or do I just start right off with my favorite tech these days, the Amazon Echo? Well if the title and image did not answer this question then I guess you have bigger problems than me.
The Smappee is a connected energy monitor for your house, this post will cover the basics of Smappee and my in-use experience with the system. If you would like to monitor the energy consumption in your house and try to optimise the usage end become greener then Smappee might be the product for you.
At the end of November I got a hold of Netatmo's new home surveillance camera, the Netatmo Welcome. What makes the Welcome special is that it uses face recognition to identify who enters and leaves the home. This blog post will introduce you to the Netatmo Welcome and give you a summary of my experience using the camera during the month i have used it and how I have set it up in my home automation system.
In my race towards complete connected control of my house my Mitsubishi air conditioning inverter heat pump has been an outstanding item. I have been exploring various solutions but none of them has given me two way control. Late last year Mitsubishi introduced MELCloud. This post will cover some of the possibilities out there for controlling such appliances and a short review of Mitsubishis MELCloud.
Some of you might remember my post regarding the Skybell V2. The doorbell was not a product i recommend anyone of buying. I will be posting an update on the Skybell problems shortly. In the meantime i got my self a rebranded Doorbot doorbell the Ring doorbell. The Ring doorbell has failed to fulfill my high hopes unfortunately. Continue to read my first review of my first Ring Doorbell as i have a new one on the way...
You have probably seen my post regarding the Skybell V2 and that the new smart doorbells in general are not on my side. I am going to give you a chance to win this really bad product all for free.
I want startups to succeed but i have lost all hope with Skybell. My first doorbell had a couple of issues which we all know manufacturers can have. A major difference between Skybell and Ring is their attitude towards costumers. Here is why i am not happy at all:
A while back i wrote about my Fibaro Doorbell setup, in that post i told you that i had ordered a Skybell. Well now i have finally recieved it, mounted it and i have had a chance to develop some first impressions.
I have been eagerly searching for a smart doorbell for ages now. Crowd funding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter have successfully founded a couple of great ones lately. Two of the most popular are problably Skybell and Doorbot. The bells are internet connected, have two way audio communication and live video of the person at your door. It seems that none of the bells available are a 100% stable yet and still have some bugs. After some reading though i decided that i would order myself a Skybell as it seemed like it had sorted out most of the start-up problems, it was easier to install with my existing doorbell system and had a smaller footprint.
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