March 15, 2016 2 Comments
So you’re looking to create or update your smart home system. With so many brands, outlets, and types of devices to choose from, the process might seem daunting and expensive. Not to worry, you’re in the right place. I put together a list of ways to save even more on your smart home project. Here’s how to build a great Z-Wave system and stay on budget.
I learned all of what I know today about the technology from the Z-Wave community. That’s why I always read through product reviews – they’re full of troubleshooting suggestions and just really cool ideas on how to use and install smart home devices. So we want to encourage everyone to share their home automation experience by leaving product reviews and getting an instant coupon code for more Z-Wave!
There are no minimum or maximum limits, the more you review, the more discounts you get. Simply visit the page of the product you’ve purchased and scroll down to the Customer Reviews section. Click on “Write a review,” tell us what you think, and submit.
Find out more here.
Large scale home or office automation can be costly and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be when you shop smart. Browse our Installer’s Zone to find dozens of value packs up to 60% off. It’s full of Z-Wave all-time favorites like the super-discounted Ecolink door window, garage door, and motion sensors. If your project involves securing a large number of windows and doors, you can save over $100 with the 20 pack of the Ecolink devices.
No matter the brand, we make sure the Installer’s Zone has you covered with incredible savings so that the more you need, the less you pay. The list is recently expanded and always growing. If you don’t see a pack of the product you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll create a custom listing for you.
While the Installer’s Zone is a useful resource for saving on one type of product, Z-Wave Kits group different Z-Wave devices together to give you a simpler, cheaper shopping experience. You can get the most out of your connected home if you’ve got different devices working together. You might as well save time and money in the process.
If you’re just starting out or looking for a new advanced home controller, the VeraPlus kits are a great place to look. The VeraPlus is an upgraded Z-Wave gateway controller that is compatible with over 1000 Z-Wave accessories and can manage up to 220 devices at a time. The new product is well-worth its price but we just love creating deals. And so you can choose from pairs of discounted VeraPlus and a battery pack, toggle switch, or range extender, getting the most out of your budget. We promise to keep adding more!
One of the most useful products in my opinion, is the Smart Security Z-Wave Kit. The included devices let you secure your windows and doors, and be notified if motion or broken glass is detected. Through your Z-Wave gateway controller, connect the indoor siren with any of the above products for optimal security at an affordable price.
You can also look into the Aeotec by Aeon Labs Safe Z-Wave Kit for an enhanced home security solution. Get it at 20% off and enjoy some of the latest Aeotec products for less: two 6-in-1 Multisensors (that monitor and control motion, humidity, temperature, light, UV, and vibration), a Gen5 Z-Wave Plus Indoor Siren, and a Gen5 Z-Wave Plus Doorbell that allows you upload a tone from your own mp3 library.
For smaller, more affordable smart home updates, check out the new Z-Wave Under $30 section — the newest cost-saving addition to The Smartest House. We gathered all of the most reliable and cheap Z-Wave products that will make perfect additions to your smart home set up.
Consider the Z-Wave 7-Button Scene Controller, that allows you to customize up to 7 scenes — meaning your Z-Wave devices can be programmed to save and recreate your ideal conditions, like the evening lighting in your office or your preferred bedroom temperature.
I’m a big fan of small devices which you can easily conceal so I always recommend the Z-Wave Door Window Sensor which is both discreet and inexpensive so a great way to expand your home’s security. Whatever your needs, from sensors to lighting controls, the Z-Wave Under $30 section should be one of the first places you look for the smartest steals.
Our customer support team receives a lot of inquiries about domestic and international shipping options. In case you’re not sure how about the time and cost of shipping when you shop at the store – it’s quite simple really. All orders are processed and leave our warehouse within 24 hours on a business day. If it’s Saturday or a public Holiday, they will ship on Monday or the next business day.
All US orders over $99 ship for free via standard service which usually means USPS Priority, UPS SurePost, or UPS Ground depending on the value and weight of the package. You always have an option to upgrade to an expedited service – these rates are calculated live based on USPS and UPS pricing.
We love our international customers! That’s why we created affordable shipping options for anyone shopping outside the US. Simply choose Standard Shipping for your country and check-out and your order will be mailed to you within 24 hours via USPS First Class International or USPS Priority (yes, depends on the weight).
You can contact us with more detailed questions about shipping anytime.
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May 05, 2022 2 Comments
Insteon just became another smart home company to shut down their services. Overnight, the platform’s servers were disconnected, leaving their customers without a functional smart home. SmartLabs, Insteon’s mother company, claims to have sold over 5 million connected devices; that’s a lot of sensors, switches, and controllers that became orphaned. Does it mean that all of this hardware is now completely useless?
It turns out that there are ways to salvage your Insteon products and continue using them, at least to some extent, on other platforms who stepped up and provided integration for this protocol. However, these workarounds are less than user-friendly and will require more time and possible frustration around a system that’s no longer backed by any official support. What’s the alternative and is it even worth it to have a connected house these days?
August 06, 2020
If you already have Amazon Echo set up, you know how convenient it can be. There’s nothing like walking out the front door with full hands and telling Alexa to turn off your lights last minute. But these smart lights and plugs can be slow to react as you keep adding more smart home devices and clogging your network.
Alexa only “speaks” WiFi (and ZigBee if you have the EchoPlus). It currently doesn’t support Z-Wave, the protocol of choice for home automation thanks to its high speed and low interference with other connected devices in your home. That means you can’t have a Z-Wave switch or plug speak directly to your Echo. BUT you can use a smart home hub as a bridge between your Z-Wave devices and Amazon Alexa. Now that’s a whole other level of functionality to unlock!
And if you already have a Z-Wave hub but no smart speaker, you might be thinking how cool it would be to have voice control for your automations and smart home devices. It’s a step towards a more integrated, easy-to-use smart home with improved security, comfort, and convenience.
May 10, 2020 13 Comments
Starting May 13, 2020, Wink will be charging its users a $4.99 monthly subscription fee. If you don’t pay, you’ll lose your automations, smart rules, and access to voice control. [Update 5/30/20: Wink has since backed out of the decision, at least for now. Update 7/27/20: The subscription service for Wink is finally in effect.]
So is it worth paying $5 a month for Wink’s service? The platform hasn’t been adding new features or expanding its list of supported devices for a while now. The announcement introducing the subscription model didn’t include any details on when and how the system would start updating again. They also failed to give users at least 30 days notice to consider how to move forward. If you’re thinking about switching to another platform, we can’t blame you.
Here are a few alternatives for reliable smart home solutions that are most popular among our customers and the team here at The Smartest House. They’re all one-time investments without monthly fees. You’ll find a list of benefits and limitations with each platform, but if you have any questions about specific features we didn’t cover here, get in touch or post in the comment section below.