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Upgrade Time!

With last weeks installation of Sky Q, I finally decided to take advantage of the HD Anywhere Black Friday pricing, and ordered an MHub 4k Pro 4×4. The price was incredibly reasonable, and it looks to be a very good upgrade from my old MHub 4k 4×3+1, I especially love the LCD screen on the front, which makes it look far more up-market. I went for a Saturday morning delivery, giving me plenty of time to install without being interrupted […]

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Winter’s here… first Loxone casualty.

Well winter has pretty much arrived, as has Loxone version 10 and the enhanced app with notifications of system problems. We’ve finally turned on the heating, and one of our Air valves has died on us, it still makes all the right noises, and appears to work, but has been reporting that there is no valve present.  To be fair, since we bought it, its not been 100% right, but it was only in our conservatory so we didnt really […]

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Raspberry Pi & Smart Homes

For some time now I’ve been integrating Raspberry Pi’s with my Loxone system, for the price they are unbeatable, for less than £50 we have a full blown computer which uses minute amounts of power and can do so much. Currently I have 2 Pi’s integrated into the system one of which enables the Loxone to play a track to the Sonos devices around the house mimicking the functionality of the Loxone music server, for doorbells and alarms. The other […]

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Loxone Reseller Program

I’m currently a Silver Loxone Partner, but will revert to being a Registered Partner come November. I don’t write many negative posts about Loxone, as I love the technology and truly believe its one of the best most capable solutions out there,  but I do think they have a small problem with the program. Partner status relies on a defined spend each year, not a competency earned from an exam. Of late, yearly training is required, which is a step […]

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More Apple Products!

Recently I’ve picked up both a pair of Apple AirPods and a HomePod, Apple’s latest and greatest audio devices. I was intrigued as to how the HomePod stacks up against my beloved Sonos devices, in my opinion one HomePod vs one Sonos Play 1, the winner is clearly the HomePod, it changes in favour of Sonos when pairing two Play 1’s, the sound is much brighter and the stereo separation is noticeable.   

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6 months since I last blogged.

Its been a while since my last post. I’ve not become any less enamoured with smart homes, but its finally dawned on me that there isn’t that much more than I can do with my house, I think I’ve automated just about everything I can for the time being. My old complaint about voice control not supported by Loxone is long gone, as is my enthusiasm for voice assistants generally. We had a selection of devices including several Echo Dot’s […]

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How things change.

I’ve recently changed my car to the 2016 Kia Sportage, the same model as that I saw back at CES 2016, from what I saw back then I knew it was going to be a big upgrade, to be honest its like a different car. On to the point of my article. whilst the sales man was going through all the new features of the car, all I could think of was its just a sensor with a bit of […]

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Voice Control

I’ve had an Amazon Alexa and a few Dot’s since they were released in the UK. I was initially quite excited to get the product, but it didn’t take long for me my enthusiasm to wane and lose interest in it. The initial novelty of asking Alexa what the time was, or what tomorrow’s weather is, soon became boring. I spoke to Loxone tech support about it, and the general response was perhaps one day, but it wasn’t a priority. […]

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Services That Are Out Of Your Control…..

Many moons ago I took a brief look at SmartThings and obviously registered a Hub with them, occasionally I still get emails extolling the virtues of their system, but this morning I woke up to this: So basically you lose all control of your system when the back end of the system goes down. My first thought being, what happens when Samsung bores of this product? do they just turn off the servers and you are left with a handful […]

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CAT 7… Is it worth it?

I’ve taken to running a few more cables myself these days, Loxone were really pushing their CAT 7 at the last course I went on, so I thought i’d pick up a reel and see what all the fuss was about. Why would you want to CAT 7? well according to Loxone the following reasons: It Works! well Loxone test everything with CAT7 cable, so if you want it guaranteed to work with all their shiny new devices, thats the […]