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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > D-Link > D-Link DCH-S150 Wi-Fi Smart Motion Sensor

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 This did not work for me
Pros: Easy to plug in and connect to wifi.
Cons: After doing its firmware upgrade, the device could no longer communicate with the iphone app. After repeated configuration attempts, and repeated phone calls to D-Link, I return the products (as D-Link recommended).
Reviewed By:Anonymous,9/4/2016 7:19:58 AM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Belkin > Belkin F7C043fc WeMo Maker - Home Automation for the Tinkerer & DIY'er, Wi-Fi Enabled and WeMo App Controlled

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Wemo, or we want to know more about you
Pros: Gadgets that interact with you via wifi and have options can be fun

What you get it to do is only limited by your imagination and the various laws of physics you must continue to obey.

While pricey, it is a device that is worth the expense if it can fill a very specific need
Cons: Setup will be difficult for those not accustomed to dealing with a Wi-Fi product that needs a firmware update to operate out of the box. Similar to initially setting up range extenders and other such devices. Integration to your home system may be past the abilities of some of the population who don’t want to try to cram everything they need to know in an afternoon.

I’m telling you now..buy something else if you can’t repair a doorbell. OK?. If you want to connect your WeMo to your home HVAC system, best know the difference between a 24 volt a/c control circuit and a 240v life ender.

It’s expensive. Sure it’s flexible a plenty, but you can generally accomplish the same end result (maybe with less flash) for less than half the price. On the other side, one of those tiny fruity project computer made be programmed to do far afar more, but for specific niche projects, you cannot beat the simplicity of WeMo. I’ve tinkered in Linux, but I would feel inadequate to get the same performance-effort ratio.

The name is one of the issues leading to poor market penetration of this gizmo in my opinion. What does this WeMo Maker make? I would have named it “WeMo Utility Module” .

The price is also at the top end of allow-ability, given that you can buy a far more powerful bit of hardware for half the price.
Other Thoughts: As mentioned, documentation is pretty scarce, barley there (but in ten languages). Better be handy is all I am saying. I was able to get it all set up and responding to my iphone app in less than 30 minutes and that included the firmware update.
WeMo introduced me to the IFTTT website (IF THIS Then THAT) the very DNA of all computing.


The IFTTT is a very large and diverse collection of vendors who have notification API built in to their web sites. It also supports a dedicated WeMo channel, but with a limited number of scripts submitted.

You can do a whole lot of interesting things with an account on the IFTTT web and a WeMo. Have a red light start blinking when your 401k goes down in value for example. Or a green light when the price of gold is over $1300. Know when your mailbox was opened. When your gun case or wine cellar is opened.

Typical WeMo projects involve garage doors, sprinkler systems and sump pumps. You want to know when the door is left open and you want to know when the sump pump is on and you don’t want the sprinters going on if the ground is wet from a mid morning downpour.

Maybe I’m old, but I can’t get this “be told everything I am doing, should be doing, or think about doing” thru my cell phone mantra. Sure it would be great to know if the price of lumber was reduced at a certain supported big box store, if that sort of thing was important to you, it sure would be if you were a home builder. I need disconnect time. The WeMo Maker just makes that a little more difficult.

I got excited over a script that would end up in me being able to light my driveway up like it was the zombie apocalypse IF my cellphone was in transmitting its location within 50 yards of my home AND if was past sundown. Now that’s pretty handy.

Imagination is what runs WeMo projects. A script that matches your iphone location and then takes a specific action. Send a text when the kids get home, send one of the car’s current location..imagination imagination imagination.

It could however be very useful for somebody who say had a remote cabin (with Wi-Fi of course) and wanted to start the heat up well before you arrived. With the WeMo and the IFTTT site working with scripts together your heater would be told that you were within 20 miles of the cabin and if the temperature was below say 50 degrees, to crank the heat on according to the heaters programming.

Hard to replicate that with a couple of magnetic switches and some twine. So in some regards the WeMo can be just what you need.

I redid my entire house in x10-ness ten years ago. Practically every switch in the house. In conjunction with an Omni home automation console, I was in full control of every aspect. Except integration with my phone or email. Well it handles that in case of a real alarm.

I have a couple of Wi-Fi driven smart switches and they do a good job of what they are designed to do for under $30. Unless you are experienced with electrical theory and both low and high voltage systems, know what a relay is and know what flavors they come in, you may want to look around for a HA item that specifically fills your bill.

It’s a shame that this industry didn’t come up with some common protocols, so its buyer beware, these various vendors (and there are a few now) systems do not play well together if at all. Be ready to make a commitment to a system unless you need something that will turn on your sump pump and send you an email when your basement is flooding. Can’t do that with a few microswitches and duct tape.(well maybe)

I really like the flexibility of the WeMo Maker and it fits into a unique space in the HA industry, however with due respect, the price point loses a couple of eggs for me, even though I received this as a review unit. $80 is high for this product, given those functional Wi-Fi monitored wall outlets with time protocols and good web/app support can sell for 1/3 of the price. I can suggest this product at $50/$40 better but at $80...no, UNLESS, you absolutely want to know when your doghouse goes below 50 degrees by email or the water bowl is dry.. Then the WeMo turns into the best friend of man’s best friend by emailing you when certain “doghouse:” conditions are met.

Three Eggs. Shame it’s a five egg product technically, but eggs are lost for the price point and the fact that without tutorial examples and some easy to do projects, the WeMo can be a frustration to those that don’t have a firm grasp of low-voltage electronics. Unless they start selling them two for one, they won’t be too many of them used in general home automation projects.
Reviewed By:Peter P.,8/8/2016 6:41:49 AM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Belkin > Belkin F7C043fc WeMo Maker - Home Automation for the Tinkerer & DIY'er, Wi-Fi Enabled and WeMo App Controlled

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Nifty gadget for controlling things over internet
Pros: In a nutshell: this device is a basically a relay which you can control over the internet using a smartphone app, and includes a digital sensor input which allows you some basic level of IFTTT (if this then that) programmability. Overall, it is quite nifty and has a wide array of uses. So far I've only played around with basic circuits to see what I could do with it, but some ideas that I've frequently seen are things like garage door openers which can be controlled remotely and also set to send text notifications if left open (by using a sensor). It is quite simple to use but does require some basic electronics knowledge. If you're even a dabbling hobbyist that should be more than enough though, as it is quite simple.

I'll break down the different components. The relay (basically, a switch that is either open or closed) is the main method of control. This takes a maximum of 24V and 1A, and can be either toggled on or off to power or turn something off, or momentarily pulsed open or closed to simulate a button press. The sensor input is a 2.4-5V digital TTL low triggered logic input, which means it is usually at a high voltage, but when it is pulled down to ground (a lot of common sensors behave this way when triggered), the WeMo can sense that input. Finally, the whole thing is connected to your router and you can control it over the internet through a smartphone app. You can see whether or not the relay is open or closed, and whether or not the sensor input has been triggered or not. You can then control the relay, or, there is the ability to do some very basic programming. For example, using the garage door opener case, let's say you hook up a door open/close sensor to the sensor port- you can tell the WeMo to either close the door automatically at a specified time if it's open, or send you a text message telling you that it's open so you can then close it.

Overall, it does what it is supposed to and if you are somewhat handy with electronics (if you're shopping on Newegg you probably are), then you'll have no problem setting this up. I didn't encounter any confusion, although I will say this is one of those things where you should actually read the instructions instead of jumping right in, as it'll save you a lot of time.
Cons: This device is pretty obviously targeted to be beginner-friendly, and it does it's job quite well while being easy to set up. However, if you're a fairly seasoned electronics hobbyist (or in my case, professional), it's pretty clear there are quite a lot of limitations. I'll list a few considerations here:

Firstly, the sensor port is quite limited. It is digital only which means your sensor must have 2 states- on or off. No analog sensors here, and it is unreliable to use the sensor input's threshold voltage to turn an analog sensor into a digital one. This limits a lot of what you can easily hook up- for example, no analog temperature sensors, unless you build a circuit to turn the output to digital first. In addition, it is an active low sensor- which means if your digital sensor pulls high when triggered, you will need a TTL inverter to flip the signals so they make sense. Secondly, the voltage range is quite limited. If you want to run something high power you may need to do something like daisy chain this relay to another relay which can drive the higher voltage. Those are just some things you might have to think about.

Finally, the price- at around 80 bucks it is a little steep for something so simple. If you have some more advanced electronics experience, it is fairly simple and much cheaper to re-create this system using something like a Raspberry Pi or Arduino.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a good product. Best for a beginner electronics hobbyist.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,8/7/2016 6:30:33 PM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Nest > Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Battery)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Works Seamlessly With The Nest Thermostat!
Pros: 1. Easy to add three detectors to my Nest account.
2. Intelligent automatic setup.
3. Simple to do monthly test on my phone or tablet via the Nest app.
4. Status of each detector available via the Nest app.
Cons: 1. Semi-con: cost is roughly twice what a similar quality unit from another manufacturer is, but in my opinion the additional features outweigh the price differential.
Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this as a great addition to a Nest household.
Reviewed By:Robert N.,7/24/2016 4:19:56 AM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Piper > Piper Z-Wave Smart Switch (RZW-SS-NA)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Works perfectly with SmartThings. 15 seconds to set up.
Pros: Works perfectly with SmartThings. 15 seconds to set up.
Cons: Power indicator is blue. Blue is always a bad choice, it's hard on the eyes and tells the brain to stay awake. Fortunately, the blue light is not particularly bright.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,6/29/2016 11:59:47 PM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Netatmo > Netatmo NWS01US Weather Station for Smartphone

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Netatmo Smartphone Weather Station
Pros: The NetAtMo weather station is different from the more common stations from Oregon Scientific, La Crosse, etc. It may be considered an example of "IOT." The system consists of 2 small cylinders, a smaller outdoor station and a taller indoor station. The outdoor station uses 2 AAA batteries and broadcasts to the indoor station. The indoor station connects to a wall plug and broadcasts to a WiFi access point. Station readings are available in apps for smartphones, tablets and a web app. The Windows app reports outdoor temperature and humidity. The indoor app reports temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, CO2 level and sound level. The Android app reports the same, and includes a reading for pollution, ozone level, and a weather forecast. The web app, www.mynetatmo.com, reports all the above and includes some details on the stations health. The Windows and web apps have very nice graphical displays of historical data - the Android app not so good. Historical data can be downloaded from the web app. Temperature readings can be in either C or F. The atmospheric pressure is reported in millbars in the Windows app and mm Hg in the Android and web apps - it would be nice if the units could be changed in the Windows app.
Temperature and humidity readings correlate, but are not the same, as other weather stations. A La Crosse station reports much lower humidity. Humidity readings from NetAtMo agree with Arcus Weather app readings.
An impressive product. A wind gauge, rain gauge and additional indoor modules are available.
Cons: None.
Reviewed By:William K.,3/22/2016 6:46:02 PM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Nest > Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Wired)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great Product
Pros: Self test and night light
Cons: None
Other Thoughts: Highly recommend this product
Reviewed By:Gerhard W.,2/7/2016 6:17:58 AM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Nest > Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Wired)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Unhappy Nest customer made happy
Pros: Very nice design, attractive appearance, feels substantial.
Cons: I was forced to rate this product low initially, due to the issues with wifi connectivity. I have a large home that necessitates 2 wireless access points (same SSID/Password). Fortunately, I haven't had the setup issues other people have had. I was able to set up the 10 Nest Protects without too much effort. I was very impressed with everything until day 2. My Nest app showed one of the Protects "offline", which means that while the Protect will talk to the other Protects via their own dedicated network, this particular Protect has lost it's internet connection. This means no monitoring it via the app, no software updates, no "nightly promise", etc. The nightly promise is a green, visual indicator displayed on all the Protects in your network, that everything has been checked and is functioning correctly. If everything is NOT functioning correctly, you get a yellow visual. So left uncorrected, I would have to look at that yellow light every night, telling me something is wrong. Not a good feeling with a device that is supposed to protect your family's life. If it was a one time occurrence I wouldn't be slamming the product, but last night was the 5th time one of my Protects has lost connectivity, and I have owned the product for about a week. This is obviously not an inexpensive product, and given the track history of the first generation you would think that Nest would have made absolutely certain that there would be no issues with generation 2, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I have yet to speak to Tech Support, as waiting in excess of 15 minutes is unacceptable to me. Again, this is supposedly a premium product, I expected better from Nest. My advice to potential buyers would be to Google this issue (ironic, as Nest is a Google company!). You will find plenty of unhappy folks with a similar story.

If it wasn't for this issue, I would be rating this 5 stars, across the board. It feels very "Apple-like" in its ease of use, installation, packaging, etc. As it stands, these are very expensive smoke/CO2 alarms that don't deliver what they promise.
Other Thoughts: I couldn't initially recommend this product, as it didn't work as advertised. Many customers have this same issue, and wait times to talk to Tech Support are excessive. I have been on hold for 20 minutes twice, and gave up each time before being able to get hold of a live person. To be fair, the option is there to have them call you back. I didn't take advantage of this, as I was irritated enough at that point that I probably wouldn't have been a very pleasant person to deal with.


Update 1/23/2016. I was able to get through to Nest Tech Support, and have resolved the issue I was having. I am updating my review to reflect that I am very satisfied with the solution, everything is working as advertised. The solution suggested by Tech Support did not make a lot of sense to me at the time, and I'm still not sure as to why it worked, but it did indeed solve my problem. Due to the size of my home, we require two WAP's (both WAP's wireless network have the same SSID, security settings, and password), each of which is connected to a wireless router in my basement via ethernet cable. The wireless portion of this router is turned off, so this "wireless router" performs routing functions only. The WAP's provide the wireless coverage for our home.
I originally set the Nest Protects up using the wifi provided by each of the WAP's. Everything would set up seemingly correct, but then lose internet connection sometime in the next 24 hours.
The solution: Turn off the WAP's, turn on the wireless portion of the router (again, same SSID, etc), and then set up all the Protects on this network. After they were all set up (14 of them), they were installed and then the WAP's were turned back on. The Protects all connected to the network properly, and have been operating perfectly since. I'm no networking expert, so I can't explain why this worked, but it did and I'm pleased.
Reviewed By:Todd P.,1/23/2016 7:00:09 AM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Smanos > Smanos L020 DIY Home or Dorm Burglar Alarm

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Does half of what it says - Disapointed it only does that
Pros: It does work in small areas and while clunky, getting the sensors online was do-able.
Cons: Range is horrible, I have 4 entry doors with relatively open path on the same floor and even with line of site to each I cannot locate the base within range of all four. Looks like the actual range is a max of around 20 feet (which is never stated - anywhere). The Senors that come with are already pared, but adding new ones can be painful. No way to identify or remove individual sensors. Something messed up? You have to delete them all and start again. There is also several mentions of how you can get alerts on your phone and manage from phone which eludes to remote access - wrong. You can manage and get alerts - but ONLY when at home connected to the local wireless, there is NO remote access when gone. That could have been spelled out far better in description.
Other Thoughts: If you live in a dwelling that is no more then 40 feet long and can get a network cable to the middle and don't care if you get alerts when your not home, this will work for you. If you don't meet the above criteria - keep looking.
Reviewed By:David K.,1/18/2016 6:36:17 AM
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Categories > Smart Sensor Alarms > Nest > Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Wired)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Better then sliced bread
Pros: I can logon with my phone an check my house.
Cons: Price.
Reviewed By:Jerome W.,1/17/2016 4:02:49 PM
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