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10 Indications 2018 Will be a Big Year for Smart Home Installations

By Julie Jacobson · December 29, 2017 • As smart-home products go mainstream, and IoT becomes ever more hyped and confusing, we should see more demand for professional installations.

Responding to ADT Lawsuit, Ring Refunds ‘Protect’ Pre-orders, Promises New Model

By Julie Jacobson · November 8, 2017 • Ring refunds preorders for Ring Protect, Best Buy pulls promos, smart home and security industries pray for ADT win in lawsuit claiming Ring stole IP from Zonoff, ADT’s development partner.

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

By Rodney Bosch · November 7, 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.

Will.i.am’s First Big Home Automation Play: Ho-Hum Wink ‘Lookout’ Security System

By Julie Jacobson · October 27, 2017 • The famous rapper acquired home-automation maker Wink earlier this year, and his first new DIY product is ... the unremarkable Lookout home-security app and some Z-Wave sensors.

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

By Julie Jacobson · 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)

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

By Julie Jacobson · October 20, 2017 • 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.

3 Big Trends in Security & Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2017 • 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.

Ring Protect Shatters Price Barriers for Security Monitoring, Video Storage

By Julie Jacobson · October 2, 2017 • 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 / CE Pro.)

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

By Julie Jacobson · October 2, 2017 • 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 / CE Pro)

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

By CE Pro Editors · July 28, 2017 • 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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · May 17, 2017 • 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.

Interview: eero Pro on Making DIY Networking Work for Dealers

By CE Pro Editors · March 22, 2017 • 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.

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

By Julie Jacobson · March 21, 2017 • 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 / CE Pro)

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

By Julie Jacobson · March 17, 2017 • 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 / CE Pro)

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

By Jason Knott · January 18, 2017 • Rapid changes in the custom installation industry are a product of DIY, decreasing equipment margins, consumer-branded manufacturers and Millennial preference.

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