By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2016 • Lessons from Logitech Harmony, Savant Remote and others: Are they universal remote controls or home automation hubs?
By Julie Jacobson · January 16, 2016 • Today: Buy this hub, build a smart home. Try: You know all those smart devices you already bought? Buy this hub to connect them together.
By Julie Jacobson · July 16, 2015 • Quirky and its Wink IoT group are almost out of cash and may not make it, making us wonder what will happen to other DIY home automation initiatives like Staples Connect, Lowe’s Iris and SmartThings.
By Julie Jacobson · January 1, 2015 • Lowe’s Iris, Staples Connect and home automation standards top the list but who garnered the most page views on the custom side?
By Julie Jacobson · December 3, 2014 • Zonoff, the SHaaS (smart home as a service) provider for Staples Connect, has raised nearly $32M in round B of strategic & venture funding. Co. hires Peter Gerstberger, former home automation leader for Staples.
By Julie Jacobson · June 30, 2014 • The original $99 Staples Connect home automation hub by Linksys drops to $49, with a new $79 option from D-Link coming with ZigBee and Bluetooth; Win 8 and Samsung TV apps added to platform.
By Julie Jacobson · January 9, 2014 • Goji, Withings, Koubachi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Insteon join Staples Connect; Lowe’s adds smart water valve and major in-store display.
By Julie Jacobson · December 30, 2013 • Lowe's Iris Home Automation, a $3 million home theater, smart bulbs, HDBaseT 2.0, HDMI, Staples Connect, Jeremy Burkhardt, Nest thermostats top the list of most popular CEPro.com stories of 2013.
By Julie Jacobson · November 27, 2013 • The Hub required for Staples Connect home automation is not available online or in stores, but they should be in stock in time for Chanukah.
By Julie Jacobson · November 27, 2013 • Staples rolls out Connect home automation and security system today in 32 small-market stores; Doorbot and Ivee not yet available, but inexpensive Lutron ClearConnect dimmers and shades available now.
By Julie Jacobson · September 24, 2013 • Starting at $99, Staples Connect is first of the mass-market home automation systems that incorporates Lutron lighting control and motorized shades; system driven by Zonoff cloud-enabled platform.