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The Best of the Home Automation Hubs

Updated for 2018 “All generalizations are false, including this one.” – Mark Twain Whether you call these devices controllers, smart home hubs, bridges, or gateways, user requirements are unique, and with the possible exception of tube socks, there is no single one-size fits all product for everyone. That said, this article examines a wide variety […]

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HomeSeer HS-WD200+ & HS-WS200+ Dimmer, Switch Review and SmartThings Device

HS-WD200+ Z-Wave In-Wall Switch/Dimmer by HomeSeer Price: HS-WD200+ Z-Wave In-Wall Switch/Dimmer by HomeSeer Price: Opportunities abound for smart switch innovation – considering their convenient location options in every home and easy access to power. I’m not sure why other companies have failed to give these comparatively simple devices the full attention they deserve, but HomeSeer […]

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HomeSeer HS-WS100+ & HS-WD100+ Review and SmartThings Device Handlers

This is a review of the 100+ series wall switch and dimmer from HomeSeer. For a review of HomeSeer’s latest 200+ series switch and dimmer, please see: DarwinsDen.com HomeSeer HS-WS200+ & HS-WD200+ Review and SmartThings Device Handlers.   Originally Published: 8 April 2016 Initial Impressions HS-WD100+ Z-Wave In-Wall Switch/Dimmer by HomeSeer Price: $45 HS-WS100+ Z-Wave […]

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Securifi Almond+ Review – Home Automation Hub and Wireless Router

Originally posted: 24 January 2016 Update: 28-September-2016: Almond+ by Securifi Price: $151.69 Securifi has recently updated the Almond+ firmware and cloud server to address the most critical feature deficiencies that I noted in my January review. Of particular note, Securifi has added limited IFTTT support and sunrise/sunset rule capability. I’ve updated our Almond+ hardware to […]

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Samsung SmartThings Hub Review

SmartThings Hub by Samsung Price: $90 At the risk of adding to the already extensive noise on the very capable Samsung V2 SmartThings Hub, following is a brief high-level overview of this device and specifics as to why it is currently on Darwin’s Den’s Best Home Automation Controllers List and the top pick on the […]

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Rokinon 14mm & 24mm Profiles – Make a Good Lens Great

See the Darwin’s Den Must-Have Home Automation Devices review The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lenses are great lenses for night photography and are fairly low-cost, but they do have somewhat complicated distortion and vignetting characteristics. Fortunately, these are easily correctable in Lightroom with a good lens profile. The profiles below also work […]

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