Home Automation Tips

The following articles provide specific tips to help you set up your smart home.

Protect Your Smart Home From Hackers

Protect your smart home from hackers

Many people are afraid that installing home automation devices will invite hackers to take over their home. You don't have to be scared of hackers if you take the steps we recommend to protect your smart home.

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Comparison of Home Automation Protocols

Smart Home Protocol Logos

Home automation systems use a number of communications protocols to allow different accessories speak a common language. This allows products from different brands work together to make your life easier. We review the different protocols including Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth, powerline, Insteon, X10, and more.

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Thermostats - Do I Need a Common Wire (C-Wire)?

Thermostat Common Wire

A common wire provides a constant flow of power so your smart thermostat can maintain a Wi-Fi connection. The electricity also powers the display screen. Most smart thermostats require a C-Wire, but we'll help you with some options in case you don't have one.

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Smart Switches - No Neutral Wire?

Smart Switch Neutral Wire

Smart switches require a constant flow of power so that their radios can communicate with relays and hubs. A neutral wire connected to the switch completes the circuit and keeps electricity flowing to the switch. This article explains how to identify a neutral wire. We'll also give you some options in case your home is wired without neutral wires to your light switches.

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