NEST Protect Review

When we installed the Loxone system in the house the Loxone Air range was pretty small, and we ended up with a normal hard-wired heat / smoke detector. Our old unit had a CO monitor in it, but we ended up replacing it with a shinier, cleaner new unit. Of late i’ve had quite a few headache’s, and the wife started to get them too, so thought it would be a good idea, just in case, to get a new […]

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Home Automation

IOT & Smart Home Frustrations….

This month i’ve broken my “Only buy devices which have the ability to talk to the mini-server” again. The first time I bought the Netatmo weather station, which I fell in love with predominantly because of its “Apple-like” looks, it looks like it should (and is) be on sale in an Apple store. It has a great portal that shows me historical weather data since I installed it, but… and heres the kicker, I can’t do anything with the data live, […]

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Consumer Electronics Show

Whats In My Bag CES 2016!

Well the new year is almost upon us, and its not long until i’ll be flying out to Vegas for CES, i thought i’d document what i’m taking with me in my bag this year (I know everyone else does, so for once its my turn!). First off, not even Vaguely technology related, the MOST important thing is a good pair of shoes, with 2.8 million square feet of exhibition space there’s a considerable amount of pounding the floor to […]

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Synology & Netgear Bonded Network Connections

My home network has had some pretty major upgrades this year, I’ve moved away from having a Windows server running 7×24 to a Synology DS1815 NAS, which is probably one of the most full featured NAS boxes i’ve ever seen. I’ve also upgraded most of my AP’s, switches and routers over to Meraki units, with the exception of the 48 port Netgear switch. The Synology is an 8 disk unit, with 4 Gigabit network ports on board, which can be teamed up, […]

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Not Long Till CES

Its not long now until CES 2016 begins, and I will be there! [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” start_time=”1449162417″ end_time=”33,6,51″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown]

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Internet Connection

EE 4G Service

I recently took a business trip to a client whose office is in Manchester airport, sadly for them their internet connection is probably the lowest speed I have seen recently, and its getting worse, last time I was there they had all of 1 megabit download speed, this time its closer to .75 Mbit, which we can only put down to the environment. Back to the point of the article though, with a Virgin Media connection in the house, going […]

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Apple Macbook : Finally Used In Anger

My main laptop for day to day usage is an 2012 Apple Macbook Pro which I love, its been a great machine whilst i’ve had it. The only real issue i’ve had was 6 months ago, when the screen developed half a dozen dead pixels, Apple were great, and immediately replaced the screen with a new unit. Sadly since the machine came back I’ve never managed to get a bluetooth mouse to connect to it, so its currently back with […]


Loxone Air Valve – A Few Weeks On…

They were the product i’d been waiting on for months to finish up setup (as far as the word finish can be used in any home automation project) and to be honest its been a complete anti-climax. As poor Omid will tell anyone, this was the product I couldn’t live my life without, I know I could have channelled out the walls and installed mains or 24v powered units, but for some reason i’ve lost interested in making more holes […]

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Mini-Review : Flexson Wall Mount for Play:3

I’ve loved the Sonos kit for several years now, but was starting to think perhaps the sound quality wasn’t as good as I really wanted, so have been looking for a replacement of late. Until I moved my Play 3 to a different location (perhaps stuck up close to the printer in my office wasn’t the best location). A quick wander round Curry’s of all places resulted in my finding the Flexson range of wall mounts for the Sonos units. I […]


Out With The Old… In With The New.

The time has finally come, its here, the new Loxone Valve Actuator Air, nifty name, just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? I shall just refer to them as the Air TRV’s for this post. I pity the poor support folks at Loxone for having to put up with me whining that this product wasn’t available, its been months, and after being teased with a preview of a pre-beta product back in January or February, its always been a question […]