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Smart Home Communities – Smart Bet or All Hype?

Smart home community trend is taking off. What can manufacturers, installers and dealers do to catch the tailwind?

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Smart Home Communities – Smart Bet or All Hype?

Smart Home Communities – Smart Bet or All Hype?

Michael Smith · November 13, 2017 Smart home community trend is taking off. What can manufacturers, installers and dealers do to catch the tailwind?

When the Customer says, ‘I Don’t Need Good Music Quality’

When the Customer says, ‘I Don’t Need Good Music Quality’

November 10, 2017 How do you convince clients they DO want good-quality sound for whole-house music when they insist they don’t care about fidelity?


What if the Stranger Things Kids Weren’t Stuck with 1980s Technology?

November 09, 2017 The "outdated" 1980s technology in Stranger Things contributes to the show's overall nostalgia, but how would the plot change if the kids battled evil with today's tech, instead?

DIY Security, Home Automation: What’s a Pro to Do?

DIY Security, Home Automation: What’s a Pro to Do?

November 07, 2017 Here's the reality of DIY security and home automation, with some research and musings by Rodney Bosch of CE Pro's sister publication Security Sales & Integration.

Paul Manafort’s $1.3 Million Home Automation System

Paul Manafort’s $1.3 Million Home Automation System

November 02, 2017 Paul Manafort's alleged money laundering has been very good to at least one Florida home-technology integrator.

Lowe’s: DIY Will Fade and Consumers Will Hire Pros for Smart-Home & Other Projects

Lowe’s: DIY Will Fade and Consumers Will Hire Pros for Smart-Home & Other Projects

October 26, 2017 Qualified professionals for smart-home and other housing projects are easy to find. Consumers will shed their DIY inclinations and hire contractors instead.

What are the Odds New Honeywell DIY Smart Home Hub Has Z-Wave, Alexa, Cellular? [UPDATED]

What are the Odds New Honeywell DIY Smart Home Hub Has Z-Wave, Alexa, Cellular? [UPDATED]

October 25, 2017 Honeywell to launch new 'Smart Security' system on Indiegogo. We guess what's inside the home-automation hub including Z-Wave and 345 Mhz radios. Updated: Perhaps a Lyric Security Controller in new form factor? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Xbox is Big Win for WiSA Wireless Audio, But WiSA Must Help Itself

Xbox is Big Win for WiSA Wireless Audio, But WiSA Must Help Itself

October 25, 2017 For six years, the WiSA Association has struggled to achieve critical mass for its wireless surround-sound technology, but new member Xbox could change the game, so to speak. Meanwhile, WiSA needs a better website. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Loxone Offers Smart-Home Control for ‘Everyman’

Loxone Offers Smart-Home Control for ‘Everyman’

October 23, 2017 Home technology integrator and quasi-Millennial visits Loxone showroom to scope out the home control and automation system for his new home.

Selling Smart-Home Systems to Mid-Market Consumers and Millennials

Selling Smart-Home Systems to Mid-Market Consumers and Millennials

October 23, 2017 This home technology integrator says there's a strong opportunity to market toward the mid-level consumer, Gen-X and Millennials who want smart-home technology but can't afford a $100k control system.

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