Air

Bang!

I’ve never thought the Loxone Air Socket was one of the most attractive pieces of kit that Loxone sell, so the suggestions made a few years back when I was talking with Omid at Loxone was to mount the innards in a back box to control a pair of normal power sockets. Obviously stripping the kit down means the warranty goes down the drain, I wasn’t too worried about that just how safe it would be, my sparky wired it […]

Home Automation

Loxone Reseller Program

I’ve not been a massive fan of the Loxone reseller program since its revamp announcement at the end of last year, I thought it was a little unfair to people in my situation, Smart Homes aren’t my primary business, IT is, I just don’t do enough projects in the course of a year to hit the new selling targets. As a result i’ve been reduced in level to a “Registered Partner” which doesn’t get me much in the way of […]

Networking

How exciting is a new cable tester?

A couple of years ago I bought a fluke network cable tester for very little, thinking it would be the dogs nuts! it has tons of features i’m never going to use, and spares for it are excessively expensive. My network cabling guy got really excited that i’d got a bargain until he saw it and then proclaimed it was a pile of crap!  I kind of believed him as it didn’t appear to be that great for on-site use […]

Home Automation

Nest Protect (230v)

Its been a while since we fitted our first NEST device, I’ve never been a fan of anything Google does, in my opinion they never finish products and then seem to pull all the ones i’ve ever liked the look of! Anyway our existing smoke alarm started to have some problems, if it went off the only way to turn it off was to flick the breaker to cut the power. I’m always a little a little wary of touching […]