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

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Smart thermostats often require a continuous flow of power to maintain their displays and network connectivity. They usually need a common wire or C-wire to provide this continuous power. Power flows from the red wire, but not continuously so the common wire is necessary to complete the process. When everything is complete, the thermostat will have a continuous supply of 24-volt energy. (more…)
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Smart Switches – No Neutral Wire?

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One common problem for new smart home users is that they want to install some smart switches to control lighting, but their existing light switches don't include a neutral wire. There are a few options for installing smart switches without a neutral wire, but first let's check to see if you have a neutral wire. (more…)
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Our Ideal Smart Home System

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Welcome to theIOTpad where we are trying to build the best home automation (or smart home) system for the common home owner. You won't find any custom components that you have to solder or hack to make work. There are a few things we want to see in the perfect smart home (more…)
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