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Great News for Pros: Home Automation is More Confusing than Ever

Home automation, networking and security have never been more confusing, thanks to an onslaught of DIY products like Ring Protect, Nest Secure, Amazon Echo Plus and Google Home. That’s great news for smart-home pros.

Julie Jacobson · October 20, 2017

3 Big Trends in Security & Home Automation

The security and home-automation industries grapple with new technologies and business models today and in the near future — insurtech, closed vs. open ecosystems, and cloud vs. local integration, to name a few.

Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2017

Ring Protect Shatters Price Barriers for Security Monitoring, Video Storage

Ring Protect DIY security and home automation system debuts with ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular and no-contract professional alarm monitoring with such absurdly low fees you wonder how they make money.

Julie Jacobson · October 02, 2017

Best of DIY and Pro: UL-Listed Security Hub with SmartThings Inside, Monitored by ADT, Built on 2GIG

Best Buy to sell new 2GIG-based security panel with Samsung SmartThings home-automation hub inside, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, security-sensor, and cellular radios. Presumably UL-listed for fire and life safety, with no-contract monitoring by ADT.

Julie Jacobson · October 02, 2017

DirecTV Divests LifeShield DIY Security Group, Sells to Private Equity Firm

After being acquired by AT&T, DirecTV divests LifeShield, the DIY security company it purchased in 2013. Hawk Capital Partners, a private equity firm headed by former LifeShield owner Mike Hagan buys back the co.

CE Pro Editors · July 28, 2017

Differentiating Your Smart-Home Business: CEDIA vs. DIY vs. Each Other

Smart-home integrators have to compete against other integrators, but also Geek Squad, electricians, security dealers, cable companies, consumers themselves (DIY) and more. Here are 6 ways to pick your targets and go after them head-on.

Julie Jacobson · May 17, 2017

Interview: eero Pro on Making DIY Networking Work for Dealers

There can be pros to DIY networking products. With eero, dealers can monitor the network, allow parents additional control and count on fast, reliable Wi-Fi.

CE Pro Editors · March 22, 2017

Integrators at Azione: Embrace DIY Home Automation or Just Say No?

Dealers discuss DIY smart-home movement at Azione conference, debate whether to embrace the new IoT marketplace or cling to traditional custom home-technology models.

Julie Jacobson · March 21, 2017

Leviton Launches Mass-Market Home-Automation Platform, Starting with Wi-Fi Lighting

Leviton launches ‘Decora Smart’ Wi-Fi lighting products, plus app and SHaaS (smart home as a service) platform to kick off new DIY initiative that could compete with Lutron’s Caseta IoT ecosystem.

Julie Jacobson · March 17, 2017

3 Business Models That Will Keep CE Pro Firms Afloat in 2017

Rapid changes in the custom installation industry are a product of DIY, decreasing equipment margins, consumer-branded manufacturers and Millennial preference.

Jason Knott · January 18, 2017