Hive, the Centrica-owned smart home company, has announced a new hub: the Hive Hub 360.The new Hub 360 takes the Hive system forward a step, moving beyond the straight-forward connectivity offered by the original Hubs and playing a more central role in your smart home.The new Hub has been designed to be seen, with a cylindrical form that will sit in your house in a more prominent manner. It is now wireless, connected via your home Wi-Fi, so there's no need to connect it to an Ethernet port on the back of your router.While the Hub 360 will handle the connectivity of your wider Hive devices, the new Hub also has a role in security. It offers 360-degree audio detection, so you can put it in the centre of your home and it will alert you to noises via the Hive app.That might be your dog barking, or it might be the sound of someone smashing your back doors in. It could also alert you to your smoke detectors going off, with all sounds recorded so they can be played back via the app. It … [Read more...] about Hive Hub 360 connects your smart home devices, provides audio detection
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There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating, lighting, cameras, sensors for just about everything, as well as new devices popping up every week to drag your home into a connected future. Over the past few years, we've moved from a position of disconnected systems into a world with emerging hubs, with big devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home acting as hubs to tie all your connected services together, along with emerging platforms like Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings.So what role does ZigBee have to play in this brave new world of the smart home? Pocket-lint is here to supply all the answers.The smart homeThe whole idea behind the smart home it to have everything talking to everything, so you stay informed while you're devices stay informed too. That might be … [Read more...] about What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?
Netgear has a new (and pricey) addition for your Orbi Home WiFi System. The company recently announced the Orbi Outdoor Satellite. As its name suggests the basic idea is to extend your Wi-Fi network beyond the house and into the yard. That way you’ll never again drop your connection while taking out the garbage. The weatherized device is available now with an MSRP of $330.Netgear says a single Outdoor Satellite adds an additional 2,500 square feet to an Orbi network. Designed for both home and commercial deployment (the latter when paired with Netgear’s Orbi Pro for Small Businesses), the RBK50Y can separate guest and employee traffic. It also offers a dedicated admin network.The Outdoor Satellite is a tri-band network device with a dedicated 5GHz connection for data backhaul to the router at a rate of 1.7Gbps (when paired with one of Netgear’s tri-band Orbi routers). We’re still waiting for Netgear to release new firmware that will add the option of wired … [Read more...] about Netgear’s Orbi Outdoor Satellite extends your Orbi home network to the yard
Smart but simple The dream of having the ultimate connected home can sometimes turn into a nightmare. A complicated set-up process, iffy apps and a disconnected infrastructure can mean you spending hours just trying to get a light switch connected to your router.As with many tech advancements, the true innovations are often 'one-offs' that can also work as part of a wider setup, and we've selected 10 of the best such devices.If you want to make sure the rest of your tech is the best of the best, head over to: Best gadgets 2017: the top tech you can buy right nowThese gadgets are powerful, yet generally easy to use and easy to connect to your phone or computer. Lights, appliances, and even plant care are just a tap away… this is the complete list of all the smart gadgets we're loving right now. This article was brought to you in association with Vodafone Prev Page 1 of 21 Next Prev Page 1 of 21 Next 1. Parrot Flower Power Wireless Plant Monitor Around £35.50 … [Read more...] about 20 gadgets for the ultimate connected home
CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter!One of my favorite products of recent memory is the Ninety7 Vaux, a battery-powered speaker for the Amazon Echo Dot.Okay, but what if your smart-speaker of choice is the Google Home? Must it forever stay within arm's length of an electrical outlet?Not anymore. For a limited time, you can get the Ninety7 Loft portable battery base for Google Home for $38.95 shipped when you apply promo code CNETLOFT at checkout. That's a Cheapskate exclusive, my friends; civilians have to pay full price! The Loft comes in your choice of three colors: Copper, snow and carbon. Installation is a snap, just twist off your Google Home's decorative base, insert the Loft and you're done.Just to clarify, this is a single-purpose product: It adds … [Read more...] about Add a portable battery base to your Google Home for $38.95