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Cloud based HUBs – Home automation

When using cloud-based jobs its a great cost-effective solution however thing to consider when using a cloud-based hub are: With this type of setup there is no physical switch connected to the controller, so if the internet supply fails or the hub fails, there is no control of the light or automation. If your smart home automation is using only WiFi devices and your automation needs are simple, you won’t need a hub. As long as your Internet and WiFi router is working you can talk to Alexa or Google to control lights and locks. Things to Consider Let consider reality What is that? Is your router and WiFi are never glitchy? You never have to reboot the router right?

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THE DANGERS OF VIR CABLES (Vulcanised Indian rubber)

VIR Cable deteriorating behind a light switch. When this happens, the copper in the cable can become exposed, leading to a potential risk of electric shock, fire or an immediate loss of power due to a short circuit rupturing the protective fuses. Initially, electrical installations involved the use of sheathed wires and were installed in most government structures, workplaces and residential homes between the 1880s and 1910s. After this period, the installations mainly involved the utilisation of Vulcanised Indian Rubber (VIR) electric cables to make up the wiring system of most homes as well as other buildings. What is VIR? As we have previously mentioned, Vulcanised Indian Rubber cables were rampantly used in Australia between 1910 to late 1950s. A typical VIR cable consists of a

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Phillips Hue and Fibaro Z-Wave

If you want to go with the Phillips Hue option which allows you to change the colour temperature of each downlight; here is what you need to consider: We will need to replace the existing downlights for the Phillips hue downlights, they are bigger (the 125mm round size ) than a standard downlight which is usually 90mm. The cost per new unit is around $60AUD and the replacement of the old for the new one will be $40AUD each; a total of $100AUD per downlight you would like to replace. Things to consider with Phillips Hue: There is no manual override (you need to leave the light switch at the wall on the ON position at all times, the controls

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Wired vs Wireless

Wireless systems are great for existing homes as there is no need to run cabling behind the walls, which can be a very expensive endeavour. These systems are also starting to integrate with WIFI networks, meaning that they are easily compatible with any existing home networks, such as the ones formed by computers. Wired systems use Cat 5 data cables to communicate information. They connect into a proprietary control system or a more closed control centre. Wired systems can be implemented in both new and existing homes, however, it is easier to install in new homes. Which one is better? Both are viable solutions; the answer is based on what you need and what type of property you have. It’s

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How to prepare for IOT

Solid Maintenance Contract: You need to feel protected from the increased risks that new technologies present, and that means having a maintenance program in place that provides you with valuable peace of mind. Leverage the IP: This may sound a big “big brotherish”, but if your home systems professional is able to collect data (with your permission) from your home’s IoT devices, he can get a better handle on your future needs. For example, if he notices an IP-connected video doorbell is unable to “see” images after 9 p.m., he can follow up by offering you a motion triggered light—often fixing the problem before you even realise one exists. Discover an Upgrade Path: You recognize that obsolescence as a natural

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How Home Automation Helps During Pandemic

Someone paid $500 for a pack of 32 toilet rolls? It’s true. It was on eBay. As COVID-19 continues to spread so too does the hysteria surrounding the virus and fears of long-term quarantine. Supermarkets around the country literally have shelves stripped bare of toilet paper. Australia – are we going mad? Actually no. According to research, Australia is pretty smart. Sydney in particular when it comes to smart cities. How do other states rate? Do you know what else is smart? Practicing good personal hygiene and staying informed through trusted sources like the Department of Health. Remember we can all play a role in reducing the impact of COVID-19. Smarter Communities have also announced preventative measures against the spread

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