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Do battery testers work?

Power to the people Batteries are a major part of our lives. Even the most mundane devices often require batteries of some kind. So we use battery testers to measure them. In the past I’ve used rechargeable batteries instead of regular AA or AAA aka lines, but in the...

Smart Home perfection – the four c’s

Stick with the four c’s When I design a smart home automation system, I follow a holistic approach by addressing the four C’s: Interactive ControlLocal ControlRemote ControlAutomatic Control Interactive control The obvious and minimum capability for a smart home....

Putting the ‘local’ back into your local area network

Is your local area network truly local? As a Wi-Fi wireless local network has become pervasive in most of our homes, the lowly Ethernet doesn’t get much respect. A simple and inexpensive change to how your LAN and Wi-Fi equipment is connected can make a big...

Smart lighting costs how much?

Don’t ask, don’t tell Smart lighting costs are usually a mystery. You know the old saying “If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it”? That seems to be what you face when trying to figure out the acutal cost of installing lighting automation. A lot of sales...

CCTV camera surveillance – unplanned obsolescence?

”I always feel like somebody’s watching me” - Rockwell The CCTV camera surveillance industry is the latest traditional “old school” stable business to be impacted by advances in technology. With digital cameras available in everything from cellphones to computers,...

Smart lighting controls stuck in neutral?

Crossing the neutral zone Smart lighting controls remind me of classic Star Trek folklore. The Neutral Zone was a buffer area in space measuring one light year in width that separated the United Federation of Planets from the Romulans. Crossing the Neutral Zone was...