Ultion Smart Lock Review – The best smart home lock I have reviewed to date (All in one Z-Wave Danalock by Brisant Secure)

I have covered smart locks quite a lot in the past, it is an area of smart home technology I have always loved the thought of but it has never seemed to gain much traction in the mainstream market, unlike lighting or home heating. I have already reviewed the Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock … Read more

The best Z-Wave & Smart Home Switches & Buttons – Wireless & wired switches for lights and automation

Buttons and switches are a superb addition to any smart home system allowing you to carry commands without reaching for your phone or shouting at Alexa. When I started this post, I knew there were a lot of options, but it turns out there are way more products that I realised. I have been looking … Read more

The best smart plug sockets for the UK in 2020 – Smart double sockets to retrofit existing plugs

The smart home industry is booming, and you can find Alexa in almost everything nowadays. For UK users, two things that don’t have a lot of options are our existing light switches and plug sockets. Last year Den Automation entered the market with a new and innovative solution, only to go bust a few months … Read more

The Best Home Automation Systems & Devices for 2019

Originally posted in March 2018, I have now updated the post for 2019 to reflect some of the new tech and suggestions. This includes some reader recommendations too In the past couple of years, the home automation industry has boomed, and the traditional Z-wave based systems have lost ground to the new wave of AI-based … Read more

Athom Homey Pro Smart Home Hub launched plus Homey v2.0 app – A hub for Z-Wave, WiFi, BLE & more

I have covered several Z-Wave home controllers over the past few years, with the Samsung Smartthings being the most recent and my current favourite. However the problem with Z-Wave is that it often doesn’t work with other smart devices using more accessible standards such as bluetooth and WiFi. This is a problem the Athom Homey … Read more

Lightwave Generation 2 Review 2019 – (Link Plus)

I have previously reviewed the Lightwave Generation 2, but Lightwave has been kind enough to send me one of the radiator valves to review so I thought it would be worth redoing the review of the system and see how it has improved since its first launch. For UK users Lightwave is one of the … Read more

Samsung SmartThings Review – 2018 V3 Hub and sensors

SmartThings launched all the way back in 2012 following a successful Kickstarter campaign where they raised $1.2 million with products becoming commercially available in 2013. In late 2014 it was acquired by Samsung for $200-million and at the time it looked like this would be the first home automation product to go mainstream. While the … Read more

Samsung Announces New SmartThings Hub, Sensors and Button

With the dominance of Alexa and Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings seems to have fallen on the wayside past couple of years. During Smart Home Week the SmartThings indicated they would be making a new push to promote the product and one of the reasons why it had not been more aggressively pushed was them waiting it out … Read more

Lightwave Link Plus Review

I previously reviewed the Lightwave system nearly two years ago, and while I did find some issues with the lack of sensors and the proprietary communication technology, it is an excellent system and the only system available that offers proper built-in smart plug sockets. Smart Home technology has boomed since then with the introduction of … Read more

nCube Home Automation Controller Review

Having previously reviewed the Devolo Home Control system, I was quite excited to try out a new controller called the nCube. This is a multi-protocol controller, allowing you to control devices that work on Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Lan. If you are not familiar with smart home controllers, they act as a central hub to … Read more

WisQo Smart Lighting Review

The WisQo system approaches smart lighting a little differently than Hue, or Z-Wave Switches that replace your light switches. Most, if not all, the smart light switches require a 3-wire system which is not always used in UK households. With the WisQo system, it is installed into the light fixture and only requires 2 wires, … Read more

Devolo Home Control Review – Home Automation

A lot of the home automation gadgets I have reviewed are relatively closed systems offering specific functionality, and they are great. But one area I have always wanted to review is a Z-Wave home control system. Z-Wave is a wireless networking system for home automation devices; several big companies use this standard in the smart … Read more

Energenie MiHome Smart Home Automation Review

Energenie were an unknown brand for me until a few days ago, but they are a relatively small company offering lighting and electrical based products. Their main range, and what I am reviewing today, is the Mi|Home home automation range of products. Similar to other home automation solutions Mi|Home requires a hub that connects to … Read more

LightwaveRF Smart Home Automation Review

Lightwave has released a new controller that is compatible with Alex and you can read the review here LightwaveRF is a UK based company specialising in home automation / smart home products. In comparison to other smart home companies, LightwaveRF seems to sit a bit in the middle ground of products they offer. There are … Read more