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Phil (Posted on 07/27/15, 10:37 PM)
Yet no mention of “Fake” UL lables out of China???? Even that was in the news a few years ago.
Jack Goldberg - Westco Smart Homes (Posted on 07/27/15, 06:36 PM)
One of the good things about the Vantage replacement is that the existing 120 volt wiring to the LiteTouch enclosures can be labeled, disconnected, and most likely directly connected to the Vantage terminal strips. This is a similar module…
Kurt Saldutti (Posted on 07/27/15, 02:59 PM)
We work outside on Government beachside video installations. Our tool rust very easily. Constantly oiling and treating tools to keep them working and from rusting best we can. I would be willing to pay more for the option version of quality…
David Foote (Posted on 07/27/15, 02:53 PM)
@Vince S — The Nest Thermostat uses WiFi.  Nest Protect uses WiFi and 802.15.4 (underlying technology of ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, Thread, WirelessHART).  So even Nest/Google recognizes that Wi-Fi is not the single, universal wireless…
Bill Fox (Posted on 07/27/15, 02:31 PM)
My condolences to the entire Hess family on Jeff’s untimely passing. To a great extent, Jeff was responsible for my entree into the CE business. We met when I was a customer at Clark Music in Albany in the late ‘70’s. We…
Vince S (Posted on 07/27/15, 01:26 PM)
Isn’t Nest a WiFi product? Seems that it is the most popular smart home product.
Julie Jacobson (Posted on 07/27/15, 07:16 AM)
I couldn’t agree more, TLS. The enrollment (and unenrollment and disabling, etc.) is different for each device. Why can’t the alliances agree that (for instance) you enroll a light switch by pressing and holding for three seconds.…
TLS (Posted on 07/27/15, 07:04 AM)
@Vince S - Clearly you have very little understanding of the difference between the various wireless technologies. Wi-Fi is terrible for smart home device on so many different levels. First and foremost, it draws way too much power and no-one…
Todd Nelson (Posted on 07/26/15, 05:09 PM)
The mass market WAN truly is the “Revenge of the Nerds”. A system has been created that very few actually understand, but everybody needs. As CI’s we are not aiming at the mass market. Big box stores do that. We are aiming…
Vince S (Posted on 07/26/15, 12:39 PM)
WiFi is the answer. It’s the z-Wave and zigbee that is muddling the water. With top of the line chips, thermostats, door locks, cameras, and other devices can be managed as easy as your laptop on a network.
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