When I began to explore the world of home automation and integrated electronics back in the 1990’s, “futureproofing” was a term that was heard from everyone in the industry. It was before the Internet became fast and ubiquitous, glowing from everyone’s palm. Wi-Fi was
When you add smart Water Management to your Alarm.com system you can save flood damages from plumbing leaks by having a smart valve programmed to shut off the water flow. Included in Alarm.com’s Interactive Gold platform, the Water Management system includes water sensor alerts
Back when I was installing smart home systems in Toronto only the very wealthy could afford them. The large custom homes in which these systems were installed often included impressive dedicated home theatres. These rooms were created to duplicate the theatre experience with big
Smart home technology saves the day when weekend traffic delays a trip to the Collingwood-area summer home. This couple can control everything from locks to lights to heating and cooling with a single app. Jerry Doyle watched with dread as brake lights flashed ahead.
When the blizzards blow and lake effect buries us in snow and ice, those of us who live in cottage country hunker down and wait for the plows. I look out at the white on white and wonder about those of you who have
by Bill Monahan If your home has a hard-wired doorbell, and you use a smart phone for apps, Homebuttons can provide and install a Nest Hello Video Doorbell for you. The product costs $289.99 plus tax and installation is an additional $75 plus tax.
by Bill Monahan, Homebuttons Since its inception in 1967 the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), now held in Las Vegas in January, has introduced the latest electronic innovations to an awestruck public. Through the years these products have evolved from the first portable telephone
by Bill Monahan, Homebuttons They are all Smart TVs these days and the same old rule applies: you get what you pay for. Higher price means better electronics. But TV manufacturers now compete on the basis of bells and whistles. You may be paying
With the complexity today of home entertainment systems, they have become not only confusing to set up (a process where Homebuttons can come to the rescue) but complicated to use once they are up and running. You end up with half a dozen remote
New products on the market use tunable white lighting can automatically adjust the colour spectrum of your home lighting to match your sleep patterns. For years lighting control has been a part of home automation, greatly enhancing the home environment with its ability to